Tuesday, January 17, 2012

vision

The third most popular religion in the United States is "formerly Catholic."
Left and right, churches are closing due to low attendance and poor giving.
An entire generation is being raised isolated from the God who created life.
Pleasure is king; marriages are failing; addictions are winning; the culture is taking over.

Yet, the local church is the hope of the world...
Church of the Nativity envisions a future in which we are making Church matter.

Nativity Missions is making Church matter by influencing the world for Christ.

We believe that God has a plan and a purpose for our local church. We believe that God is alive and at work in this world, and that his plan includes using Nativity to do amazing things, things like bringing hope and healing, restoration and reconciliation to the world. Acts 1.8 says, "But you will receive power and the holy Spirit to be witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Starting with our local community, into our nation, and to nations throughout the world, we are commissioned to enter into the lives of others doing good works and bringing the Gospel message. Nativity Missions is all about mobilizing our community to influence the world for Christ.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be writing about more aspects of our Missions vision and the things we hold as values. But the foundation is this, that God has a calling on each of our lives, he has called our church to be relevant and influential, raising up dedicated disciples who are growing other disciples, being a light to our North Baltimore community and affecting other churches as well. We are making Church matter!

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