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Abundant Life Deployed

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Clarifying our Purpose

See, Experience and Become the Abundant Life Jesus came to give.

John 10:10 NASB95
10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Most people look at this scripture and think that the devil is the thief, and even though that is true, that is not what Jesus is trying to tell us.
John 10:1 NASB95
1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.
Its ok because the people who were hearing Jesus in person still were not getting this either.
John 10:6–11 NASB95
6 This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them. 7 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Because we think it is our job to identify who the thief is we end up becoming a thief ourselves.
If we can trust our connection to God more than anything else we will realize we dont have the be judge and jury, God is.
The way to become that Abundant Life is through the door of Jesus Christ.
No other path leads to becoming the Abundant Life.
No other knowledge gets you there.
No other understanding of what happened last time you got hurt gets you there.
No other way to preserve self will get you there.
The path forward is to lay our life down for others.
Lay our ideas down for His ideas.
Let go of pain and trying to protect from pain to trust Jesus.
Alife Purpose
See, Experience and Become the Abundant Life Jesus came to give.
We are a First Fruits church.
I have been in conversation with many pastors about the changes that have happened and what to do next. Every pastor that I have talked to has heard the same thing. We can’t go back all the way and we can’t do just this.
As a matter of fact the ones who have embraced sharing like we are in a living room are doing better than others trying to do the same thing they always do.
We have more people getting saved, more people joining prayer, more people praying together as families, more people connecting to their loved ones, more people and business stepping up to help others, more creativity with video and online platforms…
Some have been waiting for something like this for a long time.
Others love the bigger church meetings because it fits who you are.
Both are needed.
Connect to God – Identity
Connect to people – Inheritance
Connect to purpose – Influence
In 2020, we are focusing on few simple things.
1.) The presence of God.
The dream of the flag in the middle of the room is the presence of God.
We are moving from dominant season of God strengthening us in His presence to strengthening ourselves in the Lord.
2.) Connection to God
3.) Deeper Connection to each other
Reaching out to those reaching in.
Many people have been watching our Livestream that wont dare come into the church buildings. This is God tugging on people’s hearts to hear more. We believe there are stepping stones for those seeking. Some will have no fear and jump all in with us.
Church Deployed:
Structures that empower you to be the church.
Church Deployed
Phase two we launch this officially.
You can be practicing this before we officially launch this.
Something to pray about is worship. We would love to have a worship night for that phase 3 time.
We may also open up a smaller group for that time in the chapel or main building depending on what we do.
Our plan is to have 3 services a month in the main building and one service at home.
We are looking for the fruit and favor of God and whatever His hand is on the most we let him grow.
The only way to become the Abundant Life Jesus came to give is through door Jesus Christ. Your connection to the voice of God and is what leads you to that Abundant life. No other path leads you there and in this shaking time God is exposing those paths of thievery in all of our lives. Those places of miss-trust and disconnection are exposed and ready for His healing touch.
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