There’s a verse in Isaiah that I think shows the heart of God for the expansion of the church.
Isaiah 54:2-3 Enlarge the place of your tent stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.
The heart of God is for the people of God to settle in desolate cities, or settle in the desolate areas of the city.
To do that, we’ll need to:
Practically expand our abilities
Physically spread out to the right and left across the city
Dispossess the darkness that is heavily at work in our city, and settle there to bring life abundantly!
We are still 2-3 years off from a 3rd location, but we’re looking in the Riverside / Crown Hill area, near Butler and Marion Universities.
We need to start praying:
God, are you sending me?
God, are you raising me up to lead a team, here and now?
God, are you asking me to start serving in a bigger way?
God, where do I fit in?
What’s next for the Near West location of (Lf)?
There is a lot to love about Nehemiah, but the thing that really stands out to me is that he saw that the wall in Jerusalem needed to be rebuilt, so he took it upon himself to get it done.
If we all commit to walk closely in step with Jesus and look for walls that are broken down then Living Faith Near West will thrive!
What’s next for you?
Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
I will look for ways to practice the spiritual discipline of celebration this week.
I will take stock to be sure the things that are “normal” to me are right in the eyes of God.
I will reflect this week on what I’ve learned from Nehemiah.