I have a dream of a church that decides to grow from the ground up. Reaching out primarily to the growing numbers of people far from God not connected to any faith.
I have a dream that one day our parking lot will be full of their children dragging their parents not to the mall on Saturdays, but to our church. They’ll come for fellowship and music and stories and Bible study shared so humbly and personally and passionately that they will prefer hearing and experiencing that than watching cartoons or sleeping in.
I have a dream of a church that really prays. Not just in church on Sabbath. But scattered throughout the week too. Where nothing is too big to ask or too personal to share.
I have a dream of a church going out of its way, both philosophically and practically, to make the Sabbath a day of miracles for people far from God.
I have a dream of a church that lives a healthy message instead of merely talking about it.
I have a dream of a church that loves the people that merely talk about it.
I have a dream of a church that befriends people instead of defending itself.
I have a dream of a church whose baptistry never reeks of methane due to inactivity.
I have a dream of a church that speaks truth in love. And never gossips.
I have a dream where my children get an Adventist education without ever having to leave home for boarding school.
I have a dream where everybody boasts only about Jesus.
I have a dream where everybody in church knows everybody’s else's name.
I have a dream where everybody in the community knows our name too. And would rise up in protest if we ever decided to stop doing what we’re doing.
Do you have a dream?