Blog Series: “Vision 2013” Post #1

2013 has come like a lion. According to the Mayans, we were never supposed to see it. Good thing Jesus is in charge and is calling the shots. Two Sundays ago I had the privilege of preaching on Revelation 21. In the early part of the chapter, three themes pop out.  Jesus is (1.) the source and (2.) the goal of everything (the beginning and the end) and (3.) He is making all things new which means one day, heaven is going to come to earth again and things will be completely restored to the place that God intended them to be in the beginning of time. In the meantime, Jesus is continuing to fulfill his redemptive plan in the lives of countless individuals every single day.

What does this have to do with us? Well, Ephesians 1:22-23 states, “And He put all things under His (Jesus) feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” If you remember correctly, Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after He rose from the dead to take His rightful position on the right hand of the father in heaven. So Jesus is no longer physically with us (of course His Holy Spirit is but that’s a topic for another time). The point is that, since Jesus is not here, He left a MASSIVE responsibility to His followers. He essentially said, be the overflow of me while I’m gone (and do it in my power Acts 1:8). Our responsibility is to carry on His work, as gospel agents for His glory and for the furtherance of His church (i.e. seeing more people become a part of it).

I threw out the mission and vision for our church two Sundays ago. This is what God has called us to: Aletheia desires to see Jesus rescue and reconcile the people of Tampa as well as those all around the world. We are going to see this accomplished by

1. Building the community

2. Living the mission

3. Existing for Jesus.

This means that Everything we do as a church in 2013 will flow out of these principles. If something that we are thinking about doing doesn’t fall within these parameters, we just simply won’t do it.

As I was casting this vision to Aletheia, people were able to text in questions as they pertained to what we were discussing that morning. I received a few questions and I figured the best way for me to answer these questions was through my blog. So over the next couple of weeks, I am going to take some time to answer the questions that I received. And if my answers spark more questions, please feel free to message me with your questions.

 

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