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Really...Another Church?

Really...Another Church?

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I've come to enjoy getting the question "So, what do you do?" I can never tell the reaction I'm going get when I answer, "Well, I'm actually in the process of establishing a new church with a few friends." Some people, even "churchy" people don't get why in the world I would venture out on this endeavor.

Truthfully, even I've wondered why we're starting a new church. Then I remember that I'm not starting anything new. God is at work and has always been. We’ve only been invited to join Him as He builds His Church.

From the beginning of Christianity, God has used the establishment of new churches across the world as the primary vehicle of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They come together to celebrate Jesus' life and mission. They come together to learn how to live out this mission, and are mobilized to teach others to do the same.

Unfortunately, some churches have fallen into one of two extremes. They've either become self-serving and stagnant or they've compromised biblical principles for the sake of progress.

However, there are some churches who have stayed true to the central message of the Gospel found in the Bible. They've also progressed with the world around them. These churches are not stagnant but are alive with individuals who live and serve with passion and purpose as they follow Jesus.

When God laid it on our hearts to establish Freedom Community Church in Niles, Michigan, He called us to establish that type of church.

We were compelled by His words in Isaiah 43:19 :

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

I've had the privilege of speaking with leaders in the community and it's been amazing to hear what's happening in Niles! God is truly doing a new thing in our community. Freedom has been called to join Him.

Specifically, we've been called to help people find freedom in following Jesus.

Along with that, we've been called to help foster intentional community across boundaries. We believe we are greater together than we are divided. We've also been called to inspire and equip people to pursue excellence at home, in the marketplace and in our community. We believe that as we learn more about Jesus, we will begin to reflect His nature; how He loved and served those around Him.

Maybe God is doing something new in you. Maybe after reading this you feel compelled to be a part of this "new thing" God is doing. Here are three ways you can do so:

  1. You can pray for the establishment of Freedom Community Church
  2. You can help Freedom meet its financial needs by giving generously to the work being established
  3. You can join our launch team whose goal is to successfully launch Freedom Community Church

We would love to have you be a part of this “new thing” that God is doing.

Let us know how God is calling you to join him at work in Niles with Freedom Community Church by sending us a message here.

So, are we starting a new church? Yes and no. Yes, we are joining God's global movement to establish authentic communities who embrace, teach and live out the mission of Jesus. No, there's nothing new about that!

The Gospel

The Gospel

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“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

It’s hard to believe that even though I grew up in a Christian home, attended a year of Christian school and was a baptized member of my church, I didn’t know what the Gospel was!

The sad reality is that there are a lot of Christians that don’t know what the Gospel is. It’s not their fault. I’ve heard countless sermons where the Gospel was not preached. The Gospel is the good news of the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

To be even more direct, the Gospel is the free gift of God’s favor which we did not earn, through the sacrifice of His Holy and blameless Son, Jesus, to save undeserving, unholy sinners from the penalty of death.

As humans born separated from God we have no hope (Psalm 51:5). Adam, who was the first created human, started a downward spiral that led to the degradation of humanity resulting in death. This was the result of his disobedience to God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 5:19).

Because of that, our lives were to be lived in fear of God as we awaited judgment; because as humans bent on rebelling everything godly, we could not come into the Holy presence of God (Deuteronomy 5:24-27).

Then we read this:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Not because we deserved it. Not because we asked for it. But because of His grace and love (Ephesians 2:4-9). Romans 5:8 says, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Through Jesus, those who repent and accept Him as Lord over their lives, no longer need to be afraid of imminent death. They have been declared righteous, freely and completely in His name. They have the guarantee of eternal life.

This is freedom!

Have you accepted this free gift of eternal life? If not, I encourage you to accept Jesus as your Savior.

If you want to gain the freedom only found through Jesus Christ, I invite you to pray this prayer:

Dear God, I have lived life separated from You. My sins are many but I know through Jesus, my slate will be wiped clean. Forgive me for all the wrong that I’ve done. Help me walk with new desires and turn my heart and mind to You. Thank you for sending Jesus to die in my place so I can have the hope of eternal life. I accept the gift of faith and salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

If you just prayed this prayer, send us a message here, I would love to connect and celebrate with you!

Verse to Remember: For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19) Learn More About The Gospel: http://www.amazon.com/The-Explicit-Gospel-Re-Lit/dp/1433530031

(This post is taken from the upcoming daily devotional entitled VII: Seven Days of Gospel Reflections)