I’m taking a break from the weekly self-absorbed, reflective blog post to talk about a big day that’s is soon to be upon us.
This coming Sunday, two of my closest friends will officially launch the new church in St. Pete that God has called them to start. I’m sure, for them, they are dealing with a great range of emotions. They are charged with the responsibility of shepherding a new group of believers, and non-believers. They will have to deal with all the challenges of leading a church; the people, the organization, and the details. And, in all that, they have to stay focused on their relationship with each other, their kids, and the work that God has called them to do.
It’s no easy task. It’s practically chaos.
But chaos is where they thrive. They are big thinkers. They are big dreamers. They are big doers. They are even bigger prayers. They’ve got what it takes.
For the rest of us, the launch team, called to use our specific gifts and talents to aid them in their journey, we are excited. We’ve been talking about Radius Church. We’ve been inviting people to come out this Sunday. We’ve been building the web site, creating documents, organizing finances, opening bank accounts, buying supplies, building teams, and on and on.
The vision God gave them has spread out across this team of people. That same vision is about to be broadcast to all of St. Pete.
If you want to get a feel for what’s it’s been like the last couple of months, read about the early church in the book of Acts. We’ve been praying together, sharing meals together, and serving together. And now, God willing, we are ready.
Acts 2:42-47 (NLT)
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
The big day is coming this Sunday, September 14th at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. 11am.
559 Mirror Lake Dr N, St Petersburg, FL 33701
You’re welcome to join us. Wait, no, you are encouraged to join us.