We had a great "ordinary community" gathering today in our home. I love these folks. Always beginning with a great feast we spent some time in worship, they gave me a chance to cast some vision out of Jeremiah 33 and then we evaluated our past year as a community based on our 4 core values (Community, Authenticity, Passion & Mission). Having journeyed together for the past 2-3 years with these folks, it was really rewarding to hear them articulate Kingdom principles that I (as the planter) have been passionate about passing on before we ever ventured out on this gig. Things like community becoming natural and that we need to be aware of and paying attention to everyone within our circles of influence. That mission is a lifestlye and not an outreach strategy. That Christ following is really hard and impossible without a real community of people who aren't afraid to get in your face and you even give them permission to do so. That passion in life can be fleeting but God desires to unleash the very desires of our heart that he planted there.
Thank you God for my tribe of Christ followers, we're pretty ordinary, but you are continually driving us deeper into your heart. I'm a pretty content church planter today. Don't forget to stop and notice his Kingdom amongst you today.
May your Kingdom come, may your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.