March 2007

I hope you enjoy and are edified.

Nehemiah Sermon


This month I have been spending lots of time in Luke’s Book of Acts. I am taking two months to read to letter written to Theophilus. I am reading chapters 1-7; 8-14; 15-21; 22-28 each day in two week sections.  So, this morning I read chapters 8-14 in their entirety. One of the things that stands out to me in the Acts is the fact that for the most part, the American Church looks nothing like the early church. I’m not merely talking methods, but theology, philosophy, and attitudes as well. When we begin meeting together Acts will be our first study as a community. I invite all of you to begin working your way through this wonderful gift from God. Try to spend a month on the book. Work out any plan you wish (one chapter a day, one section a week). I want you all to KNOW this book. I look forward to sharing with you all that God has shown me in Acts and how those truths will shape who we are at Enjoying God Fellowship.

Soli Deo Gloria

We are very excited about the way the Lord has been bringing everything together the last couple of weeks. I am through the application process with Acts 29 and am set to be assessed as a church planter in their network in September at the Boot Camp in Raleigh. We should be well off the ground by that point. It looks like we already have 12 or so in our core group and this number may be growing more each passing week. There are people in other parts of the country praying about being a part of this as well. Lord willing, we will begin our worship time in homes by late April (at this point early May seems to be the latest we will start). If you know anybody that would you think should be approached about praying about joining this ministry; talk to them or let me know. My vision became more clear over the weekend and I am more convinced than ever that God is behind Enjoying God. We officially have our Employer ID number (so the government knows who we are). We will have a bank account in the church’s name, Lord willing, by the day we begin meeting in homes for worship. Continue to pray for our young community of believers. Soli Deo Gloria!

If I had to articulate the vision that God has given me for Enjoying God Fellowship in 30 seconds, what would I say? Here it goes!

My vision for Enjoying God is to be a community of followers of Jesus Christ that desire authentic worship and authentic lives. We are going to be a fellowship that is committed to participating in God’s mission by taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to those in Charlotte who may never have darkened a church door. The Bible will be at the center of everything we are and do. We do not believe church is something you go to, we believe that church is something you are. Our motto is simple: Exalting Christ, engaging the culture. We believe that Christians should be spending more time with their families and with unbelievers than in excessive meetings at the church building. Are you interested? Send us and email!

Which is more important, that our faith is true or that our faith is real? The answer, of course, is YES!  Ed Stetzer has pointed out that past generations (modernity) were asking the question “Is it true?” while emerging post-moderns are asking “Is it real?” It would be a mistake to abandon truth for the sake of authenticity.  Living an “authentic lie” (sincerely having faith in something you aren’t sure is true) is the result of this kind of thinking. It is an oxymoron to say that we can have a real faith that isn’t based on truth. Our culture (and even church-goers) are tired of the disconnect they are getting in the pulpit and from those in the pews. They are sick of the “do as I say not as I do” approach to preaching. Preachers that pound the pulpit with their fists about certain sins and then “look the other way” when they actually have been committed are not only spineless, they are teaching the people to disconnect the church from “real life.” Our faith in Jesus Christ is not only true, it is real.  This is real life!

Jesus told his disciples, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Do you see truth and reality in the statement made by Jesus? The truth that we ARE His disciples. It’s also real: they will know this truth by our love for one another. What is it going to take to finish God’s mission on earth? What is it going to take to reach all peoples for Jesus Christ? It’s going to take followers of Christ who are committed to the truth and who live out the truth in reality.