This past week I met with a small group from Christ the King Presbyterian. My mentor’s name is Geoff Bradford, the pastor of Christ the King who moved to Raleigh 3 years ago. Geoff was a church planter in Philadelphia, and back last March when I asked him to mentor me, he probably had no idea what he was getting into. He has been a huge source of encouragement along this journey of church planting thus far. What makes Geoff so inspiring is his missionary heart. What pastor invites his own sheep to prayerfully consider moving to different pastures under the care of a different shepherd?
The small group I met up with is situated south of Raleigh, right near where we are looking to plant. They were wonderful listeners and asked thoughtful questions. We ended the evening in prayer, and it was a cool experience hearing them pray. In their prayers they articulated the vision I just shared with them. The exercise of articulating the vision and direction of this new church was great practice. I continue to meet up with people to articulate the vision, and the good news is that I am not getting tired of talking about this new ministry. I am still very much excited about it, especially now that I see a picture emerging. Having a big enough group to meet for a Bible study starting in March is a huge encouragement to me.
Moments before I wrote this blog, I was listening to the radio and a random song by Jon Bon Jovi popped into my car speakers. With Bon Jovi’s vocal chords stretched to capacity, the lyrics spoke to me in a surprisingly shocking and encouraging way. Yeah, I know, it’s Bon Jovi, but it wouldn’t be the first time I have heard of a Bon Jovi song be used to convey powerful Christian themes. Anyway, the song is entitled Livin’ on a Prayer, and yes, for you Bon Jovi buffs, I did change some words here and there:
You’ve got to hold on to what you’ve got
'Cause it doesn't make a difference
If you make it or not
You’ve got Me and that's a lot
For Love - you’ll give it a shot
Whoooah, you’re half way there
Livin' in prayer
Take My hand and you’ll make it -
Livin' in prayer
So in a week that has had it’s ups and downs, this song reminds me that I have to be living in prayer. I got to take His hand and remember that it doesn’t make a difference if I make it or not through this ministry chapter. The point is to rely on Him, His power, and His strength. The Lord knows what he is doing with us, and I daily need to recall that.
Do you need to daily recall these truths as well?