Many of you know that currently I have been the Project Director of a ministry called, the Faith Communities Project. You can check out the broader vision and strategy of the Project by CLICKING HERE which will drive you to our website. But for now know this…that the Project (which was instituted in June of 2009) was reaffirmed by our faith community here in Idaho this past Sunday to continue for another year. What is the Faith Communities Project? Well…that's a long story…but here are some highlights:
Watch this video and read what is below it on this post – you'll catch on!
Questions for discussion – What do you think of the video? Think of the “jar” as the “Church”…what does the video tell us about what we all know about “churchworld”? How are these dynamics true? What do you think God thinks/feels about life “in the jar”?
- The purpose of the FCP is to live the adventure of a relationship with Jesus…experiencing the Kingdom of God outside the jar!
- We are committed to building Relationships – “counting conversations – trusting God for conversions”
- We are committed to building relationships and sensing community because in most instances community comes before faith
- We are committed to sharing the Narratives of real life – we tell stories not just memorized presentations
- We are committed to being real and authentic – in the culture’s mind, “slick and memorized = skepticism”
- We are committed to building Community because Community is the greatest witness to the reality of Jesus and the greatest hermeneutic of the Gospel is the community that lives it.
- We are committed to experiencing the Holy Spirit – God is present and active not just experienced “in there” but everywhere. We want to be about what God is up to in the world…we want to have “eyes to see and ears to hear” what God is up to so that we can join Him. We need to be about taking the lid off the work and action of Holy Spirit.
- We are committed to being on a Mission – we are on a mission to get others involved in mission not just getting people to heaven.
- We are committed to having servant’s hearts not just evangelist’s mouths.
- We are committed to serving others not because we want conversions but because we are the converted.
- We will watch for divine appointments – We will watch for God to open relational doors through prayer
- We will understand that God works through the “Giftedness” of our personal story and experience. Read 2 Corinthians 1:3ff
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3ff