It’s always exciting to set out on a new adventure.
It could be literal adventure; packing up your car and heading out west, on your way to a ski trip or rafting excursion. Or maybe it’s that moment when your ride pulls away and you stand there staring at the entrance to the Appalachian Trail.
There are other adventures as well…
- A new blog
- A new job
- A new relationship
- Bringing home a new baby
- Sitting down to finally start a new book
Whatever your adventure is, we can all agree that there is a bit of nervousness, and perhaps even some fear that go along with the excitement. There are unseen forces at work; some driving you forward into the unknown, and others pushing you back, reminding you of your past fear and failures.
So many of us seem to let those fears keep us right where we are. We go back to that same desk, that same relationship, or that same day-to-day life that would have us sit stagnant another year. Life passes up by and those new adventures remain nothing more than a wish, or a dream, or a could have been.
But every now and then, one of us gets an idea so big, and so powerful, that is cannot be ignored.
For years, two of my close friends have dreamed about, talked about, and wondered what it would be like to start their own church. They imagined what it might look like to reach out to an un-churched people and truly allow God to use them to make a difference.
A couple things, however, kept them from pursuing their passion. They were both working in ministry jobs that demanded a great deal of their time, energy, and focus. They had two kids that required food from time to time. They had bills that needed to be paid. They had been going full throttle for 14 years in youth ministry and just didn’t have the spiritual strength to take on such a big task. Plus, even if they did, they didn’t know where God wanted them to plant this church from which to build their mission.
So they left ministry. They left the place where they were living. They took a chance. They faced great challenges. They read. They talked. They fasted. They prayed. And, they listened. They poked at opportunities until God closed the door. They prayed more. They listened closer. And eventually, after two years of reflection, study, prayer, and sabbatical, they decided.
In a month they are packing up and moving to St. Petersburg, Florida to start Radius Church. It’s a big, bold step fueled by prayer and dreams. I have no doubt that it will be successful as I have watched their obedience to God over the last 2 years and lived in awe of my two friends’ ability to discern God’s call on their life.
So maybe you like to support new churches. Or perhaps you like watching people live out their dreams. Maybe you’re passionate about helping people. Whatever the case may be, I would like to ask anyone who finds this to click on the link below and read about their mission; their dream. If you feel led to help support them, then awesome. If you feel led to pray for their success, even better.
God’s message was preached in ever-widening circles. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.