Some important decisions we’ve made
gospel in not enough. Good preaching, good doctrine, being good people
is not enough.
We’ve decided that having a good church club is not enough. Good
fellowship is not enough. And just being a member of that club is not
We’ve decided that having good Bible studies is good, but not good
enough. That just making it to heaven is not our goal, and that knowing
about God without truly knowing and experiencing God is meaningless.
We’ve decided that having good programs is not enough; that change
without transformation is intolerable. And that staying the same is not
We’ve decided that gifting without character is futile.
We’ve decided that singing songs without worshiping is hollow and having meetings without God showing up is pointless.
We’ve decided that having faith without works is not enough and
having works without love is not acceptable – that our function comes
out of our relationship first with the Father and second with each
We’ve decided that reading about the book of Acts without living the book of Acts is unthinkable.
We’ve decided that confident faith is good…..bold faith is better.
We’ve decided that hearing about the Holy Spirit without experiencing
Him….. is silly. That believing in His presence without seeing it
manifested in signs and wonders……is hypocrisy. That believing in
healing without seeing people healed……is absurd. And that believing
in deliverance without people being delivered………is absolutely
We’ve decided to be Holy Spirit filled, Holy Spirit led, and Holy Spirit empowered – anything less doesn’t work for us.
We’ve decided to be the ones telling the stories of God’s power – not the ones hearing about them.
We’ve decided that living saved, but not supernatural is living below our privilege and short of what Christ died for.
We’ve decided we’re a battleship not a cruise-ship! An Army not an
audience! Special Forces not spectators! Missionaries not club members!
We’ve decided to value both pioneers and settlers – pioneers to
expand our territory and settlers to build on those territories – but we
are not people who take up space others have fought for without
improving it … we are not squatters.
We’ve decided to be infectious instead of innocuous. Contagious instead of quarantined! Deadly instead of benign!
We’ve decided to be radical lovers and outrageous givers.
We’ve decided that we are a mission station not a museum.
We honor the past but we don’t live in it.
We live in the present with our eyes on the future.
We see past events – the successes and failures – as stepping stones not stop signs.
We pursue learning in order to be transformed, not learning in order to know.
We are people of engagement not observation.
We focus on what could be – not on what is or has been.
We are not limited to the four walls of this building – our influence
is not restricted by location. Not even the nations are out of bounds.
We are more concerned about how many we send out into the world then
how many we convince to come into the building. This building is meant
to be filled and it will be – but it will NOT be the measure of who we
are or the measure of our effectiveness.
We raise-up world changers, not tour guides. We train commandos, not committees.
We are a people of our destiny, not our history.
We’ve decided that it is better to fail while reaching for the
impossible that God has planned for us than succeed in settling for
We’ve decided that nothing short of His Kingdom come and His will be done, in our world as it is in Heaven, will satisfy.
We’ve decided that we will not be satisfied until our world freaks out and cries out, “Those who have turned the world upside down have come here too.”
These are some of the decisions that define who we are as a community and how we live our lives.
These decisions are not destinations – but rather a journey – a
journey along an ancient path – we’ve not found some new way – but
rather rediscovered the path as old as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The
same path followed by Moses, Joshua and Caleb – Paul, John and Peter.
The path followed by the first century church – a church that revolutionized the culture of the first century and beyond.
It’s a path that will impact the world we live in today. It’s a path of Bold Faith – believing that what God says is really true and acting on it.
It’s a path of Outrageous Generosity – giving our life away in order to demonstrate His Kingdom.
It’s a path of Radical Love – loving God with EVERYTHING in us and our neighbor as ourselves.
This is a path of liberty, freedom and healing.
On this path – you will find significance, purpose, and destiny.
It is a path less traveled however – it’s not a path only available to a select few – but to whosoever will … they may come.
It’s for people of EVERY nation, tribe and tongue – for those in any occupation or vocation.
No matter where you are in your journey – there’s room on this path for you.
Thanks Seth. You continually challenge me!
Parise the Lord Daddy you came safe and sound.May God bless you and I always blessed by your articles.
My dear brother and sister…Your clarion call is the pulsing presence of God and the electricity of it I feel and sense all around. We are in the midst of massive change in the organization of the “church” and it will take a manifesto like this one to ferret out the real tribe you will walk dusty roads with.
I’m with you to the end and just figuring out the details.
I respect you both and am proud to call you friends.
wow love it!puts into words what I feel and want.
I’m reading this at 4 a.m and I had to resist the urge to stand up and clap. This is our heart message, passion and convictions.
My favorite thing you have written thus far.
amen and amen!
Amen, yes Lord Your Kingdom come and nothing less. I think you have expressed what my family and I have been feeling.
Ok, Lord what is next and how do we live this way??
AMEN & AMEN… we are on this path with you!! May His Kingdom come and His will be done in every way. I loved that line about being the ones who tell the stories of God’s power…
Thanks for this inspiration. Perfect reading to start my work day, and start it more intentionally.
I can not agree more.
Lord help us to live beyond ourselves that you may use each of our lives to radically transform our world.
Needed this today, I’ve been distracted with lots of stuff, I’ve been settling for the mundane.
EXACTLY ON TARGET- Praise the Lord for the leading of the Holy Spirit, the confirmation, the intentions of the heart and yes…NOW ON TO LIVING IT OUT FAITHFULLY! This one is iconic and will get a historic place in the American culture…IT’S GOING ON MY REFRIGERATOR as a constant reminder of a modern day leadership that is precious in His sight. Blessings as you FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT and train others to be Warriors worthy of their callings.
I rarely fully read blogs. I mostly skim. But this was worth my time. Thanks! It reminds me of some soldier poem I heard at training camp in 2002. Again, inspiring to active – woo, let’s go!
Amen and Amen. Count us in. We will walk with you in this Community.
Thank you Seth. THANK YOU!!
thanks for these awesome words!! they pierce deep in the best way!!
This article was a great way to start my morning . Yes the church needs to get back to this way of life. I will pass this on to my brothers and sisters .
My heart longs for this. My brain can’t grasp the picture long enough to see what it looks like in real every day life. I’ll try sitting with my heart a little more.
Onward Christian Soldiers!!! Awesome Awesome challenge today!!!! I am with you!
Welcome Home Seth…and thank you for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life!
Thanks Seth. My family and myself have recently been making some of the same decisions in our own lives. We catch ourselves becoming a little to comfortable in our walks with God. We must continue to grow and push forward.
Thanks again for the post!