When we moved here almost a year ago. We understood that our first year was the foundation for us to get to know our community and build relationships. In doing so, we began go focus on our vision of planting a church in Bellevue. But over time, our vision has expanded to focus on a much broader area.
There will always be a temptation to focus solely on building and developing our own church vision, instead of also helping build other church’s visions. God reminds me often that this is His church, His people, and He will move and use them however He sees fit. He’s got the whole thing rigged, and I don’t want to get in the way of what He is going to do.
Several months ago, I tip-toed through an open door as the interim pastor of The Landing Church in Kenmore, WA. By the grace of God, In the coming days, we will be relaunching The Landing Church as the core of Awakening Church.
With missions as our mission we are committed to being intentional about staying focused on the “1.” In Luke 15, Jesus told three different stories to make one clear point. The heart of Jesus was to leave the 99 and go after the 1. I truly believe that the more we focus our churches on relationships… going after the 1, the more our churches will get behind the vision of being a multiplying church. And that’s our desire.
As we develop a praying culture…we are praying Psalm 127:1: “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who labor, labor in vain.”
Effective prayer begins when we perceive the gap between where a situation is and where God wants it to be.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come; your will be done earth as it is in heaven.” I perceive a gap between where our church is and what God wants the gospel situation in Seattle to be. I believe he wants the gospel to be famous here. I believe he wants there to be a profound spirit of gospel unity between churches here and together we see a massive awakening in our area. I believe he wants the gospel to be made accessible to every people group that we find in our area, and that he wants his people to saturate every broken and hurting part of our city. And I believe he wants us to plant 5 churches and bless 5 cities in places where the church is not strong. I believe all this because God’s word tells us he wants it.
Thank you for partnering with us and going on this journey with us. May God receive all the glory.