Matthew 18:20 (CEV)
Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.
Acts 2:1–4 (CEV)
On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.
Before Resurrection West started in Prairie Trail Junior High (middle school) a small group of people dreamed, imagined and developed a vision of our first Sunday. At times we wondered if more than 2 or 3 would come together in the name of Jesus, but on our first Sunday we had more than 200 in worship. We gathered in the name of Jesus and you could feel the electricity in the air. I believe that electricity was the Holy Spirit filling the room on that day! Everyone felt the Spirit and the auditorium was filled with a loud noise praising God!
Over the years we continued to grow until it was time to build and open Phase I. Once again, the Spirit was with us and the number of souls worshiping each Sunday exploded. Phase II produced the same results, this time with a bounty of children and ultimately 3,300 on Christmas Eve this past year making a loud noise for the Lord with the Spirit filling the room.
Once again we are dreaming, imagining and developing a vision! Imagine someone you have never seen experiencing the love of Christ. That person attending worship for the first time and feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit. That unknown person bringing their child to learn about Jesus for the first time. That child playing Upward Basketball in the new building with family watching. That same child seeing a parent engage in a fellowship dinner, Building Better Moms or attending Men’s Bible Study in the new space. Their Grandparent attending a small group Bible study or playing pickle ball. That unknown person getting the chance to invite their brother, sister, aunt, uncle, parents, grandparents and friends to serve with them in Mega-Missions!
Those dreams you are imagining and actions you are taking right now are following Christ. That unknown person who will walk into Phase III is the Disciple of Christ we are commissioned to make! We never know how an action can change the world, but right now we have a vision for a new tool (building) to impact souls and make new Disciples of Christ!
Loving, caring God, we praise you and thank you for all you do for us and have given us. We acknowledge that everything we have comes from you. All our talents, intellect, energy, family, resources and possessions are from you. Please fill us with the Holy Spirit and give us the wisdom to be excellent stewards of all our resources and use everything you have given us for your glory in every season of our life. Lord, during this season please lead us and guide us to action that will make room for that unknown person. That person you know, but still unknown to us. Help us make room for that person we don’t know, so they will experience the love of Christ.
In your name, Jesus, Amen.