Isaiah 59:1 “Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save…”God’s ability to save transcends backgrounds, education, socioeconomics, and life circumstances. Several months ago, we did a cursory survey of The Village Church and found that our members are a mixed group to say the least. Some were High School drop outs, while others hold PhDs. Roughly half our congregation didn’t grow up in church. We were born all over the world and, strangely, few of us are originally from “The South”. Some were raised by caring, supportive parents while others by absent or abusive parents. Christ saved us in our childhoods and in our teens, he grabbed our hearts in college and after our 30th ...
Last month over 350 people from 14 different nations joined Matt Chandler, President of Acts 29, and Steve Timmis, Director of Acts 29 Europe, and other speakers for the Explicit Conference/Boot Camp in Cardiff, South Wales. Watch this powerful summary of this event and the great work Jesus is doing in Europe. Look for the release of each of these sessions in the coming weeks.
Weekly we'll be sharing videos from Acts 29 churches that tell stories of the Gospel transforming the hearts of people, communities, and cities.
Below is a story from an Acts 29 church in East Fort Worth, TX displaying the Gospel's power to break racial barriers and reconcile people from every tongue and nation around the throne of Jesus Christ.
From the Pastor
"The issue of race and socioeconomic differences are not periferal matters, those are gospel issues."
Church: The Paradox Church Pastor: Jim Essian Location: East Fort Worth, TX
"Let us always long to hear the stories of grace in others' lives. Every conversion is the story of a blessed defeat." C.S. ...
In these latter years, the idea of community has been exalted as the most important aspect of a church’s identity and sanctification. Many as of late state that if you don’t have people in community and vital relationships with on another, sustainability of souls will break down.
I find myself in somewhat agreement with that in that the principle of community finds itself implicitly or explicitly expressed as imperative from Genesis to revelation. With this in mind, community without central gathering principles can be scattered. Jesus understood the importance of community in that He eternally exists in it with the Father and the Holy Spirit, created human community with the Godhead, and as the word would mandate its importance. Yet, without a message to redeem, ...
Today marks two weeks until our Boot Camp in Orlando, FL at Crosspointe Church January 23-24. We are excited about continuing to carry out Jesus’ Great Commission to make disciples of all nations by providing church planting training and equipping for those who desire it.
Trying to decide if you are going to attend? Here are 3 types of people that should join us in Orlando:
Future Church Planters
Boot Camps are for the many men today that feel God calling and setting them apart for the endeavor of stepping out in faith to be used by Him to start a new gospel work in a community that desperately needs it. These men have passion and vision for something new and are in a season of discerning and clarifying what this might actually look like for them in the future. The ...