Worship. Prayer. Outreach. Discipleship.
There is still no running water. There’s dust and debris everywhere. But the vision is taking shape.
I previously wrote about our Work-ship week in July-August where many friends from all over the state volunteered to help with the 810 Project. We would start each day with Worship and Prayer. Work happened, but at some point each day we would go tell our neighbors about God’s love. We invited the neighborhood back for ice cream and Bible study, and many accepted our invitation.
God provided a generous donation of Bibles, which were quickly used up with all the neighborhood kids. He provided salvation to 1 dear neighbor. He provided a job to another. He gave us true fellowship with our friends. Since then, He’s provided contractor help (donations of time) and other financial gifts. God is very good.
This is what we want
I want to wake each day with a purpose. The plan is simple:
- Wake up
- Worship Jesus
- Listen to Him
- Go where He tells us to Go and preach the Good News
- Invite those back who receive Him for more study and fellowship
The catch phrase is: GO OUT TO PREACH. COME BACK TO TEACH.
I want to provide a place for people to meet God. 1 on 1, without hindrance. He’s what we’re all looking for, but are rarely given a chance. Even in most traditional church settings. Not to rag on church; it’s good to hear the Word and Fellowship with others. But, if someone wants to meet Jesus for real the opportunity is rarely given. I’m not talking about a 5 minute altar call, where you raise your hand and within a few minutes you’re out the door. I’m talking about meeting a Jesus who loved us with all of His heart. He showed us what love looks like by surrendering His life for ours. He simply wants us to do the same: surrender our life for His. He is continually pursuing our heart to respond to Him in the same way He responded to us. He loved us to death, and I believe it’s the love our heart is actually longing for. We just fill the need with a bazillion other pieces of crap that don’t satisfy. Once they meet Him, they will be forever changed. Most of us fall back (back-slide, grow cold, whatever) because we meet Him once, for a moment, then the enemy comes in and steals that moment. He sows doubt in our minds and says it wasn’t real. He steals, kills, destroys and distorts God’s heart for us.
I’m convinced that discipleship cannot realistically happen in 2 hours a week. The amount of interference and distraction from the enemy is too great. There is a real war going on for our soul every day. Each little decision we make matters. Deciding to get up early to be with Him matters. Making time to be in His Presence matters. I believe discipleship needs to be intentional, relational, and consistent in the real world that we live in, otherwise it has no lasting effect. It’s dirty and its messy, but it’s necessary. This is why the 810 Project exists: to introduce our neighborhood to Jesus. This takes time and requires my family to be involved in a lifestyle of worship, holiness, thankfulness, generosity, forgiveness, repentance, and mercy.
I believe this plan is realistic if we stay in love with Jesus and do what the Holy Spirit tells us to do. I believe that God can and will change lives in North Minneapolis. Maybe not the whole neighborhood, but there are souls around us that are calling out for the love of Jesus. They just don’t know how to find Him. I believe that God is waiting for us to put our lives on the line for Him. He is looking to and fro throughout the earth for those whose heart is stayed on Him. (2 Chron 16:9) I want my heart dead locked focused on His Kingdom and His Righteousness. I don’t want to grow weary, I don’t want to shrink back in fear. I want to introduce people to the Love of Christ because it’s real. He is Risen and He is Real. Heaven is real. Hell is real. Demons are real. Each little decision we make matters in eternity. I have set my heart and mind on Him. I will stay in love with Him and I will tell others about His love. This is all that matters for eternity.
The End is Near
The house is entering Phase 2: the Rebuild, but that’s not what I mean by ‘the End.’ I mean the end. Of everything. I’ve realized that only what’s done in Christ will remain. Everything else is worthless.
My wife and I have found ourselves in a position where we now have no earthly resource to change our circumstances. We have divulged ourselves of everything to the point it’s hurting our flesh. We made the decision to trust in God with everything: our time, our money, housing, our resources…everything. He’s led us here. This is not easy, but it is beautiful. There is no Plan B. There’s no escape hatch. He is our only plan and agenda. If my family is hurting or in need, I no longer have a way to provide for their needs as a father. It sucks. I want to jump in and rescue and make things better for everyone. But I can’t. I physically can’t. I have nothing left in this world to fix any of their problems. We are completely dependent on His Grace for all of our needs, and it’s super scary.
Paul realized this:
Galatians 2:20 My old self has been crucified with Christ.[a] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Phil 3:8What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
Jesus is coming back for a pure and spotless Bride. He is sending out invitations so that His house will be full. I sincerely believe the end-time harvest is upon us.
I’m convinced that the best thing I can do with my life is stay in love with Jesus and tell others about Him. Will you join with us as we seek to bring in the End Times Harvest?
1 Peter 4: 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
39But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
I am so grateful for all of our friends and family who have helped us and supported us along this journey. God’s grace is displayed in and through you. Thank you!
If you want to get more involved, check out http://damascusway.com/facilities/the-810-project/