Friday, April 25, 2008

A Dream for the Church

I see a day…

When men and women become Spirit birthed as sons and daughters of God who are saved from condemnation and saved for eternal, abundant life with God.

When men and women become Spirit delivered and released from wounds, abuse, failures, disappointments and disillusionment and receive forgiveness for sin; comfort for grief; healing from hurts and hope for the future.

When men and women become Spirit guided people who know and understand their God-given life purpose and who establish and follow life priorities in God’s will.

When men and women become Spirit empowered to love God and others well; worshiping God whole-heartedly; living in authentic community; serving the needs of the poor and hurting; embracing and affirming the worth of all people; and reaching others with the redemptive grace of Christ.

When men and women become Spirit equipped with gifts and talents, who develop and use those abilities to serve God and others so that God’s kingdom is advanced, the culture is influenced and the world is changed.

When men and women experientially live and are therefore characterized by the “fruit of God’s Spirit” that is seen in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

When God’s Spirit births a movement that exponentially plants new congregations and calls new pastors and missionaries for the work of God’s kingdom around the world.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Amen and Amen!