Launching into the Deep

Launching into the deep things of life and ministry are difficult. Since we did what was considered a soft launch of the church in Feb of this year, God has been preparing is for the ultimate release in Feb. 2013.

We are forming a multicultural group of Jesus followers who desire to live out the gospel through service. The most amazing thing is that this group has developed organically. Many in our group have been out of church for since their youth or hadn’t belonged to a faith family since college.

It is awesome as a pastor to see people reconnect with their faith in Christ and get fired up about spreading the love through service. We are a diverse movement for wholeness, which has gone beyond a thought or idea. From scratch, God has formed this faith family and by faith we are developing disciples for Christ.

Lots in store as we look toward the future. We’ve only just begun. The best is ahead of us and the troops are ready to spread God’s love to the ends of the earth. I love these folks and am excited to see how God will use us to cause change throughout the world.

Let’s launch into the deep Lifework and make Christ famous.

Let’s Go!

Moving Forward!

Moving forward can either be the most exhilarating experience or the most frightful experience. Leading Lifework Christian Church through the Pre-Launch and now the Launch phase has been both. We have lost some people I had hoped would be with us through the end, but have gained others that have really been game changers.

Through it all God has continued to press on us to move forward. Today, we will talk about the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. This is a powerful message that will empower God’s people to move forward with the discovery and purpose of their gifts. Often times as new Christians come into the faith, we can be so hung up on our past failures or insecurities that we pay no attention to the POWER of Christ given to us called the Holy Spirit.

I am believing God will bless those who listen to His word and accept His call to change the world with a Love Revolution. This Revolution can only come through acknowledging that God is Love, faith in Jesus as Lord of the World, and the move of the Holy Spirit operating through God’s people.

So pray for us as we move forward to accomplish great things for God in our community and throughout the World.

Get connected to the movement by going here www.lifeworkchristian.org.

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Lifework Intro Video

Here is our first video promo for the new ministry. As we approach this next phase of ministry the team is getting more and more excited about the awesome opportunities we have to serve, grow, and connect others to what Christ is doing in us. We are poised to do Greater for God. Now is our time. Now is your time. Partner with us in ministry by clicking on the donate button on the side to help support this ministry!

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Begin. Again.

 Galatians 2:19-21 (Message) What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.

Have you ever thought about why you believe, what you believe? Why be Christian? Why not take up another religion and pursue its truth and rituals. What makes living as a Christian any different than living as a Muslim or Jewish person? Why not believe only in the power of me (Humanism)?

The simple answer for me is, God loves us so much that God is not seeking another religious person, but rather people who desire to live and operate out of a true relationship. That was the whole purpose of Christ. To mend the broken, defiled, and ritualistic religion we held about God.

As we pursue this new ministry in Christ, I have asked our group to push the reset button on our faith. Completely resetting everything we thought we knew about God and centering our lives on Christ. When I came across this quote by Karl Barth in 2006, it altered my faith outlook. Karl Barth in the book Dogmatics in Outline said:

“He, the One, lightens, and the Christian moves in His light. What distinguishes the Christian is that [the Christian] stands in this cone of light which proceeds from Christ. But this existence in the light is not a selfish purpose, but the Christian moves in this light, in order to be a light.”

As a Christian, everything I do, say, think, and the choices I make has its center, starting point, and purpose in Christ. This causes us to not start our faith in doctrine, religious practices, rituals, and other traditions we don’t understand, but rather begin with the one who John 1:1 says was there in the beginning. Christ is the beginning, the end, and everything in between. This is the firm foundation Lifework Christian Ministries will have from the outset. We are not starting with bylaws and other formal doctrinal messages. We have to begin with Christ.

The mission is to provide an atmosphere of unity in Christ among a culturally diverse and progressive community of people through preaching, teaching, and living God’s message of reconciliation and mission in the community and throughout the world. (2 Cor. 5:17-21)

This unity. Reconciliation. Diversity. Mission. This ministry can only be accomplished with Christ at the center of all aspects. So as we step out of the boat at the end of September, we must keep our eyes focused on Christ, our purpose.

So while you are supporting this ministry financially by clicking donate on the side, please continue to pray for God’s purposes to be fulfilled in and through us. This is a major season of transition for us and we need your support.

If you are interested in joining the movement send me a message here or on Facebook.

Grace and Blessings,

Pastor O.

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What’s Next?!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision: LCC empowers people to become, think, and live as the Body of Christ
in the community and throughout the world. (1 Cor. 12:27-28)

Kyla and I are in Michigan enjoying a bit of R&R and so far it has been an eat fest and fun times with family. This week we traveled north to Mackinac Island and the Soo Locks (in the Upper Peninsula). Both were amazing but both got me to thinking about how as humans we have a longing and desire to control and restrain the power and move of God.

 Why do we need to answer all of life’s difficult questions? Why do we need to control God’s flowing waters? Well the answer that came to me was we want to be gods. We want to create, control, and conquer.

As we embark on this next phase of ministry and life, I am hoping that we don’t get so creative that we take away the power of God to build a people. Romans 3:4 screams in my ears, “Let God be true, and every man a liar.”

As the Body of Christ this should be our life’s banner. God is truth. God is life. God is right.

This is how we see our ministry being formed on God’s truths, not mans designs and tricks. God’s truth is John 3:16, salvation and empowerment for ALL who believe.

How awesome will it be when we develop a strong team of believers to operate with John 3:16 as the foundation of faith, operating as the Body of Christ in the world. This focus is not based on sustaining a system, but rather developing an exponential movement.

This is the ministry the people of God have been called to and this is the path we have chosen to take. This October we will call the people of Indianapolis to join us as we serve with the hurting, the downtrodden, the marginal, the homeless, the misfits.

This next two months we will need your help. Through prayer and faith we will begin a two month campaign to connect with 1,000 people. How will we do this? We will do this only with your help. I will share more later.

For now reread John 3:16 and ask God how this message can be played out in your life. It is a radical verse that calls us to radical action. Will you be one of the 1,000?

Let’s Get It!!!     

Pastor O.

New Creation

Have you ever really seen the process a butterfly goes through to become what it is. I have never really seen this process but one thing for sure is that it didn’t start as a butterfly. I bet it started out a bit slow and easily destroyed. I bet it started out crawling and striving to fulfill its purpose in becoming all that God had created it to be. 

This is similar to us as we journey through life to figure out God’s purposes in us and all that we are to become. The journey from caterpillar to butterfly. The process is not pretty and I am sure as a caterpillar many birds and other creatures may have tried to take it out. But once it forms that cocoon the process is on its way to completion.

This fall we form our cocoon. Over the past three years we have been in prayer and discernment about how and where to fulfill God’s call on us to start a ministry that embraces multiculturalism and mission, in the name of Jesus Christ, and now is that time.

Over the years I have been a part of some amazing ministries that are really doing awesome things in the community and throughout the world. Through these ministry experiences I have gained in knowledge and wisdom that will allow me to give birth to this next phase of life.

Paul in 2 Cor. 5:17-21 says, 

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 

This scripture  has captured my spirit, not only because God sees us as a new creation, but also it spells out how we are to embrace one another. This is the ministry that God has called me to lead out with, the ministry of reconciliation. Reconciling people to each other and to God, through Christ.

This fall we will embark on the new journey. Many of the things that we will do will be outside the box of what we think of as “church” but it will be right in line with what we study as being “Christian”.

I will need your help if we are going to get things off the ground. This week Kyla (my beautiful wife) and I are on vacation, but I have decided to use some of my vacation time for prayer, reflection and sharing the vision for this ministry. 

This will be a movement for wholeness in our hurting a dying world. A movement for bringing people from all races, backgrounds, cultures, socio-economic and educational levels together for the purposes of Christ. 

Stay tuned and in prayer with me this week. Let’s make this happen together! 

Grace and Blessings, 

Pastor O  

Faith vs Fear

“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.” – John 14:11-14 (Message)

Last night across the Midwest of the United States of America millions of people were hiding in basements, bathrooms, shelters, and any safe place found to protect them from the storms that caused so much damage and destruction for many. As I listened (only for a moment) to the news and watched on facebook how fear was the overarching theme, I couldn’t help but make the connection to how we view life.

Many of us live our lives in safety, for fear of doing something different, something strange, something out of the ordinary. Being safe in the in the confines of our “box life” becomes our life’s goal. Comfort. Safety. Maintaining. What would happen if we began to live for greater? What if we really believed Jesus’ words that we will not only do what Jesus did but “Greater“? 

Why should we be stuck in fear when God has promised us greater? Why would we fear the storms of life, when Jesus has shown us how to say, “Peace be still” (Mark 4:39)? It is very interesting to me how we as believers attend churches weekly and yet don’t believe the God we worship. We may believe Jesus for salvation, but what about believing Christ for the power to do “even greater works“?

I am ready to leave comfort behind and strive for greater. It is time to stop allowing fear to debilitate us, it’s time for greater. Greater faith, greater service, greater love, greater outreach, greater witnessing, and greater disciple making. Jesus commissioned us to do greater in His name, according to who He is, in His character. It’s time to answer the call. Let’s do this together.