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Rooted in the life of Jesus, the leadership of the Spirit, and the maturity and multiplication of His Body, this vision series will clarify the direction and strategies that will guide our movement for many years to come.A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.It brings the Gospel straight into the middle of our hearts and asks the questions a good God would ask of those that proclaim His Gospel. A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.Like all important topics in Scripture, the subject of money is really about the heart.It brings the Gospel straight into the middle of our hearts and asks the questions a good God would ask of those that proclaim His Gospel. A disciple of Jesus—a person who knows Jesus through His Gospel and learns Jesus by His Word and Spirit—becomes a person with a radically new and life-changing purpose. As we celebrate the impact of our Global and Local Partnerships in 2016, we will focus on God’s pursuit of the world through the presence and power of Jesus in us.“We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (II Corinthians ) As a disciple-making movement, we will ask our Father to give us a clearer vision as well as stronger practical tools to fulfill our purpose in His mission of pursuit, by His grace and for His glory.we face the empty tomb without the risen Jesus, and we can completely miss the fullness of Easter.The Book of James occupies an important and unique place in the New Testament cannon.
As we celebrate Christ’s birth, Immanuel—God WITH us, may we learn to live WITH Him, dwelling in the powerful presence of His Spirit.A conversation among friends with each person carrying on multiple social media conversations cannot lead to a meaningful dialogue between fully-engaged (“present”) hearts.A busy, distracted life cannot engage WITH God in the deep spiritual relationship He pursues with us. Through His Holy Spirit, God has chosen to be present with us—to dwell with us.This uniqueness has, at times, caused James to be ignored or exalted, both of which are out of place.James’ message is simple: the Gospel matters; it impacts; it transforms.