To answer that question I shared seven little signposts that point to where I believe God is taking us. I think these little signs help us get a picture of the future God might have for us. And I asked the church to dream with us, and to see if these are the signposts to our future. Here are the seven signposts:
Signpost #1: Be the Church to the Area
The point for us isn’t to be the biggest or best church in the area, but to be God’s church to the area. I could care less about being cool and hip, I want us to be faithful. The point isn’t for us to be a giant church, but a church fulfilling God’s calling. The point is that there is no competition in God’s kingdom; that we will seek to bless the community.
Signpost #2: Creating Disciples Over Decisions
The point is that for a long time the church focused on getting people to make a decision about Jesus, rather than becoming a disciple of Jesus. I think God is asking us to flip this around. That we would focus on creating disciples, over people simply making one decision about Jesus. Being a disciple isn’t about making one decision to follow Jesus, but a daily decision to follow Jesus – and that needs to be our focus.
Signpost #3: Everyone has a place, and everyone has a role
As I look into the future I see a church where everyone has a place and a role. That we are all serving as the church (not necessarily in the church building or programs). But that each and everyone would be using the gifts God has given us to build up each other, and bless the world. The truth is you cannot follow Jesus and spectate.
Signpost #4: Our Church is a Family
This point is that our church resonates and continues to adopt the metaphor of church as a family. This doesn’t mean you need to have a family to attend, but that when you join us you gain a family. That we would be committed to one another, care for one another, and journey together. Like all family we will be dysfunctional, and there will be difficulty, but we will get through it together.
Signpost #5: Locally Grounded and Globally Focused
I think the days are gone where you can just focus on overseas missions, or local ministries. I believe we need to do both. That we need to be locally grounded, in our communities and neighborhoods and bringing transformation; and also globally focused partnering with people long-term all over the world to bring life.
Signpost #6: Going Deeper with Jesus
I believe a focus in our future is depth with Jesus. Shallow following of Jesus doesn’t change us, and it doesn’t change lives. So I think we will continue to have a greater focus on deeply following Jesus and taking the next step from wherever you are at.
Signpost #7: Gracious and Generous
And last, but not least, I believe our calling cards in the future will be grace and generosity. That we will build bridges through our graciousness and generosity. That we will be committed to being a people of grace and gift.
So as I look into the future that’s where I see God taking us. This certainly isn’t the end of the conversation, it’s just the beginning. But my prayer is that God might have us dream together to find his dreams for us.
Big Idea: God, where are you taking us?
- God, where are you taking us?
- Without a vision the people perish – Proverbs 29:18
- A vision isn’t just a vision statement
- Without a picture of where you are headed your life will likely run off course
- To be changed by Jesus, and to change lives with Jesus
- Signpost #1: Be the Church to the Area
- The point isn’t for us to be a giant church, but a faithful church.
- Signpost #2: Creating Disciples Over Decisions
- Being a disciple isn’t about making one decision to follow Jesus, but a daily decision to follow Jesus.
- Signpost #3: Everyone has a place, and everyone has a role
- You cannot follow Jesus and spectate
- Signpost #4: Our Church is a Family
- Signpost #5: Locally Grounded and Globally Focused
- Signpost #6: Going Deeper with Jesus
- Signpost #7: Gracious and Generous
Adult Discussion Questions:
Where do you think Jesus is taking us as a church? Which signpost most resonated with you? Are there any you’re not sure about? What signpost might you add?
Discussion Question for Families:
Ask your kids one question around the table this week. “What do you think are God’s dreams for our family?” and let the discussion begin.
Challenge for the Week: Dream with us – and pray about where God is leading us.