This morning I was able to attend a church planting meeting with a handful of other church planters from the Kansas City area. We had the privilege of hearing Al Weiss who is the president of Disney World Theme parks and resorts. He has started a church planting organization that is called Vision 360 (http://www.vision4usa.com/index.cfm?page=21) He said, “I love my job, but my passion is Vision 360.” He gave the statistic that 11% of those who would call themselves, “Evangelical” in Kansas City attend church regularly on Sunday. He said that we are not only in a post-Christian culture, but we are also in a post-church culture. His call to action was for us to share Christ, serve people and start churches to CHANGE THE CITY.
That is a big goal, especially if you have read the newspaper or watched the 10:00pm news lately. This worthy objective will not be accomplished by herding the masses into an event. It must be accomplished one person at a time. You and I must set the pace for discipleship. We are called to individually touch lives. Before I share to much, I better save a little for Sunday morning J.
This week we are looking at Part 2 of “The Greatest Story Ever Told” from John 1:43-51. As you read through this passage this weekend in preparation for Sunday, try to imagine the void that each disciple had in their individual lives and how the message of Jesus filled that void.
As the Holy Spirit brings it to mind, please take some time to pray for the services and for our church in general. This week it was my privilege to see Latasha ask Jesus to come into her life. This is, Lord-willing, just one of many lives that we are going to see changed through the message of the gospel.
John 1:40-42a “One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus.”