Our team has been so blessed with the last 6 months of growth we have experienced with Shiloh Road. It has been about preparation, and God has definitely been doing his part. I mentioned back in October about Bill Richardson coming in to speak. His message was so good for all of the church to hear regarding a missional church.
This weekend, we have been blessed by Dr. Evertt Huffard. He came to spend time with the team, staff, elders, and taught a 3 hour lecture this morning on:
1. mission as the big picture
2. partnership in missions
3. what does a sending church look like (specific to the Peru work)
I wrote down several things that he said that struck me. He talked a lot about vision in the first hour and I just wanted to compose some thoughts regarding those little “nuggets of wisdom” he left with me. Maybe they can spark something in you.
“One will never evangelize those that he fears or hates.”
“How committed a church is to missions is a sign of maturity for that church.”
“You’re a church because you have a mission, not because you have a building.”
“After a period of time it is easy for a church to become budget-driven instead of vision-driven.”
He used a wonderful analogy for this thought. I love analogies. He has 2 older daughters that went through college around the same time. He asked, “What if I told my daughters that our mortgage wasn’t paid yet and wouldn’t be for 10 years. How would they have felt if I asked them to wait 10 years before we helped them with college? We didn’t. They went and we made our budget work. It took planning and it took sacrifice, but we did it.” I thought he explained it well.
There are some other nuggets that I may save for later posts. I want to leave you with a verse that he read to us after talking about the vision.
9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[a] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
He read this as a prayer of a sending church to missionaries. It really meant alot to me to read this in that light. Christians are strengthened by God’s power in order to experience the endurance and patience involved with spreading the mission.
We must be vision-driven. Again, he used a great analogy for me to really grasp this idea. A single mother with five children working a minimum wage job. It would seem that it would be very hard for this woman to wake up every morning. But she does, every day. Her patience and endurance all pays off when she gets to witness her children graduating from college–something she never did. She had the vision. It seemed crazy and impossible all the years she endured until then. But it happened.
How glorious it will be to see the church in Arequipa celebrating and serving because of God’s power working in us. I can’t wait for that day. I long for that day.