Posted by: pastortomvabeach | January 6, 2015

Thought For The Week January 11, 2015

Last Sunday I shared what I believe is a very important message for everyone here in our local church. I talked about the power of having a God-dream as Joseph did in Genesis 37. Getting and following a God-dream is vital for each of us as individuals and for us as a church.

In the message I shared some specific ways that Christian Chapel is dreaming. We are and have been dreaming for a long time about being a one in twenty church. What that means is that we want to be a church that is growing both spiritually and numerically by people trusting in Jesus Christ and being “added to the church daily” as it happened in Acts 2. This is not the norm for churches in America. 19 out of 20 churches that grow do so because of transfer growth. In other words Christians leaving one church to attend a “better” church somewhere else in town.

I believe that being a one in twenty church not only brings numerical growth but it puts us in a better place to grow spiritually. To reach this community so that we grow means that more of us are committed to ongoing discipleship and outgoing ministry of the gospel within the community. That creates spiritual growth. If lots of people are coming to the Lord, it also means that many of those already here must begin to give out to teach, train, and disciple them. That creates spiritual growth.

We also have dreamed about having better and more widespread relationships with military members who live in our community. We want to serve them and their families along with all the families who live in our area. We also want to be able to grow enough to renew our dream of planting churches all throughout the Tidewater area. Every measure of outreach today shows that newly planted churches reach more people with the gospel per capita every year than do established churches. There are people in our community and places in Tidewater that we can’t reach from Salem Road. So we need to plant churches there!

The other part of our dream is to pay off our current mortgage. This is not about being debt free although that would be a by-product. This is about freeing up more funds to pursue the 1 in 20 dream better. To be able to fund more servant evangelism efforts, to have better outreach events, to get better name recognition and connection within the community. The $9,000-$10,000, we spend each month to pay our mortgage would go a long ways towards better outreach.

Imagine what it would be like if we could fill up the worship center each week and have the financial and people resources to vigorously reach many more areas of this city and beyond. Imagine the joy we would experience if every month, or every week if necessary, we were baptizing new Christians. Imagine training a church planting pastor and 70-100 people to set up shop in Suffolk or Deep Creek or near Oceana, then hearing the reports of lives being changed through the church we planted!

Beloved, do you have a dream from God? You can tell it’s from God because somehow that dream is always connected to God’s purposes. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph told his brothers the purpose of his dreams, As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Did you catch that last part. God meant it “to save many people alive.” God dreams are always connected to His purpose to save people, to give them eternal life, to see lives changed by the power of God.

If you were unable to attend last Sunday, or if you read this from somewhere outside of the Virginia Beach area, I urge you to go to our website, and under the sermons, listen to the message from January 4, 2015. After you’ve heard the message, get before God and either affirm the dream He’s already given you or ask Him for your dream. And while you’re at it, would you pray for Christian Chapel? We’re dreaming and only God can bring it to pass and He will! My thoughts today.

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