At the beginning…

Posted: 10/13/2016 in Uncategorized

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We are starting a new series at Westwoods this weekend called ELEMENTS.  We are taking a close look at what we desire to be as a church with the understanding that it will never be true for us as a church unless these things are true for us as individuals.

SO – I have been taking time reading through old journals and thought I would share this entry from April of 1999:

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When I think of [starting a church] my heart races…  To risk all for the Kingdom…

To think about a Kingdom venture with the greatest friends of my life really is unthinkable – to cultivate a greenhouse of community there Acts 2:42-47 was and is lived out really is awesome to consider.  A church on mission – what a novel thought.

Many issues w/ fear and uncertainty…

“History belongs to those who pray – to those who believe and pray the future into being!” Dad, I want you to create a church – a Kingdom building church – a church that does significant damage to the work of the enemy – a church where you are honored, where community, true community, exists among the leaders, where young leaders are drawn and nurtured and developed – where people feel ownership and empowered – where decisions are based on values – not on survival, comfort, ease or convenience. A place where even those who consider themselves outsiders are honored, loved and cared for – a place they can belong, a place where everyone can come together and change the world, putting hands in the middle to fulfill the mission that Jesus gave us as a church…

Man, has God come through…

There will be a time when the story of Gods work here is told and that story will start with this, “There once was a group of people who really believed they were loved by God and that love led them to Follow Jesus tenaciously, and to love people irrationally…”

I am so grateful for you all who are on this journey with me and so thankful for so many others that will join us soon!

love.

rick

 

 

 

Comments
  1. Mary Ellen Cameron says:

    Amen to your thoughts and prayer! This is also my heart’s desire and it thrills me to see it in action at Westwooods!

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