Greetings from our friendly neighbors up north, and no, I am not talking about south Georgia. I am talking about Canada. I recently returned from Toronto Canada, the fourth largest city in North America. It is a beautiful city with a great need for the life-changing gospel.
While I was there, I met with some amazing church planters who are making much of Jesus in this large international city. I got to spend some time with a young couple, Alex and Indhira Fleming. They launched “A better city church” this past Sunday with about 60 people in attendance.
Alex’s desire is to make the city that God called him to minister in, better. Their strategy is to accomplish this task by strengthening the family and by helping fortify marriages. I love their passion. The task in front of them is daunting so I want to encourage you to take some time this week to pray for A better city church in Toronto.
They are not the only one with a huge task before them! Our task here in Jacksonvilleis huge. We live and minister in the 36th largest city in North America. We are the 12th Largest city in the USA. Our population has steadily increased since 2010. We are quickly becoming an international city. We have people from all over the world coming to Jacksonville, this gives us a great opportunity to make much of Jesus here in the beautiful river city by the sea.
We have to be ready to meet the challenges of a changing world. I want The Point Jax, to always be ready to do ministry. Point lifers need to be prepared to carry the timeless and unchanging gospel out into the modern and rapidly changing world.
If we are going to change our culture, it is going to be by being pro-active. We need to look for ministry partners all over the world. By partnering with people like Alex and Indhira in Canada, and people like Danny and Heather in Panama, or by partnering with those who are on our local team that is in our planting pipeline here in Jacksonville. These steps are critical. I want to encourage you to get involved with our mission team. Go all out!
If we are going to Go into the world and make disciples in all nations, we are going to have to work the plan. Our plan is going to cost us financially. You know that ministry has a cost. Dollars are needed, so we need to keep in mind that we are investing in the kingdom of God. I can assure you, our rate of return will be amazing.
Our church is going to be a church that plants churches. I want you to realize that we have the potential to plant or revitalize 7 churches in the next 5 years. This is a real big deal. It is moving the gospel! I want to encourage you to always remember Mission First, this is the great commission that our Lord has given to us. We also have to remember People Always, this is the great commandment. We are to love all people. And last but certainly not least, we have to remember Ministry forever. Every believer is to exercise their unique spiritual gifts to serve the Kingdom. Serving requires us to plug people into ministry like Lifted City.
Serving also allows us to be connected to a Holy God by taking up the gospel banner and taking the good news out into our cities allowing people to see Jesus in you. Are you going to get on the bus?
Some of you need right now need to start praying about foreign mission next year. You will have an opportunity to go to either Panama or Toronto. We are working hard to make sure these trips will at a low cost. Trips like these often change your worldview. I also believe that these types of ministry/mission trips will help us as we do ministry here in our own city. I need you to be involved!
I need you onboard. You can do this in several ways. First I am asking that you pray. We need to pray for our country, world, and the opportunities to take the gospel off our campus and out onto this planet. Second, I want you to give. When you give to our church you are supporting missions, so continue to give. I want you to pray about giving more. Third, I want you to consider going on a short-term mission. We are going to have several national and international opportunities for you next summer.
God is working at the POINT. I want to encourage you to get involved and ride the wave!
I love you all!