Abandoning your post…

uncle sam

We are at war…

I know that this statement probably sounds a little melodramatic and you probably think it is one of the preacher terms designed to make you sit up and take notice…well…If it works…then it is…

I am so very thankful that I get the opportunity to tell the story about the church plant that I lead. I love telling the story of the POINT and how God has supernaturally moved on our gathering. Hopefully, this post will be taken for how I truly mean it. I can tell you, that I have no specific person(s) in mind while I am writing this. My soul purpose is to get people to think about how the modern church is often missing the mark when it comes to reaching this generation for Christ.

The Church that I lead is very young. The POINT is a little over two years old and the average age of the people attending is around 26.
Many of these mellenials are very young in their relationship with Christ. I am excited at all that God is doing here. Discipleship is finally gaining some traction and the further into this endeavor that we travel…the more I see the need for my young believers to be exposed to seasoned mature believers.

Church Planting is one of the most difficult task that I have ever undertaken. When God called us (my wife and I) to do this, we knew that the urgency of sharing the gospel in our city was paramount. We understood the great commission and did not have a difficult time literally understanding that God was telling us to go!

I believe that every believer has the responsibility to take the gospel into the communities they live in. The modern church is a strange phenomenon, I believe that the early church leaders would have a difficult time identifying the modern church. We have gotten so far away from our roots, many churches have become refuges to protect “the saved” from the evil and lost world. Can I just tell you, this was never the intended purpose for the church…the church was created to be a vehicle that would take the gospel out into the dark world.

When Jesus told us to GO, he meant all of us…

So…this morning…I am making an appeal…if you are sitting in and soaking up in a church that is not challenging you to live out the great commission. I want to invite you to be a part of a front line gospel movement where we are making a difference each and everyday…I (along with many church planters) need mature believers to help me accomplish what God has called me to do.

Church plants are often missing bedrock men and women, people who have stayed the course…people who have no problem coming along side their pastor and church and serving God`s people well.

I long for these days.

Mature believers in many cases have abandoned their post. They have gotten caught up in the business of doing church and are failing to reach a generation that is begging for the gospel…

As a church planter, I am constantly surrounded by new believers. Please don’t get me wrong…I love this challenge. But there is only so much that I can do alone. I need mature believers who are going to make it about Jesus and stay the course realizing that reaching this generation is challenging and that it will test your resolve.

I need mature believers that are going to step out of the traditional past and into a changing future. I am thankful that the word of God is timeless…but times change and practices and methods have to change if we are to reach our community for Christ…

When I was on Active Duty in the US Navy, we had general orders that I was taught and practiced while I was standing any type of duty or watch. One of my general orders was “To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.” We in the church need to adopt this order and apply it to our mission…

Don’t abandon your post…call a church planter today and find out how you can be involved in the great commission…

I love you all!

Pastor J