I am the type of guy that not a lot of things scare me. It doesnâ€™t bother me to jump out of planes, rappel tall towers, or going extremely fast. Animals insects, ect.. donâ€™t bother me (except for snakes-yuck). But there is a word, that when it is spoken causes a chill to go up my spine. It is the word â€œvisionâ€ â€“ even writing it now, Iâ€™m wigging out. Every leadership book I have read speaks of sharing your vision, always talk about your vision, etcâ€¦ I realize that as a young pastor/leader there are so many things that I donâ€™t know, and desperately realize how very far I have to go to be a â€œsuperpastor.â€
But I have what I believe God has shown me where we are going as a church, a future reality. But getting it out of my head and heart is important â€“ how can others follow, if they donâ€™t know where we are going?
Letâ€™s begin with a verse of the Bible â€“ 1 Thessalonians 1:5 (and following) â€œbecause our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.â€ This church mentioned here werenâ€™t just talking about the Bible, they were living it out with power and deep conviction! They were not plastic, shallow, phony, Christians; they were serious about their faith. Everywhere Paul went in this area of the world to tell others of Christ, this churchâ€™s name came up as being faithful there.
So here we go . . . .
Who Are You?
Daybreak is a church that is helping people. We are helping people here in Frederick (Hope Alive, Frederick Food Bank, Childrenâ€™s Camps, Special Needs, Prayer, etcâ€¦). We are also helping people in our country (mission trips to
Everyone has a need to be understood, to be loved, to belong, and we all need help. We want to be apart of something that is changing our world for the better.
How Are You Helping People?
We begin with ourselves. We want to be real and authentic with how we truly are and live. We understand that the world wants nothing to do with hypocritical Christians. We know that God is not pleased with this type of religious people (see Matthew 23). So we seek to be deep in our relationship with Jesus.
Because all people are important. Jesus died for them. He gave His life, and so as His disciples or followers we are to do the same. We lay down our lives for others (John 10:14).
We Accept All Kinds of People
We understand that we are growing ourselves, and we become better people by having diversity within our church. You can feel comfortable, no matter what your background may be. We know people arenâ€™t the same and we look forward to learning from each other.
Making Daybreak a shining city on a hill means all kinds of diverse-city!
What a day that will be that we can look at those in the worship service on Sunday morning and see all kinds of colors and people.
Rock-on and Peace Out!
Drew Boswell says
Rock on Stacey! You are so right!