To Reach Up, Reach Out, and Reach In.

While all of my interest is devoted to learning more about God's grace (a task I liken to drinking the world dry of water one cup at a time). I wanted to devote time to introduce you to what we at Liv It Church call our Reach Ministry. God gave Liv It that name and the vision for reaching our community for Jesus in new and sometimes crazy ways. We try to keep most of the crazy ones locked up inside our heads, but I'm finding it harder and harder to keep them from slipping out. You see, we don't just want to bless our community. We desire to radically change it for Christ. Not by standing on street corners with signs that accuse or condemn. Not by judging or comparing others. We Reach others by demonstrating God's grace in as many ways as we can, every chance we can. In Col 1:8, Paul says that it is the Holy Spirit who gives us a deep love for one another. The very fact that we come together at Live It, and experience the growth, vibrancy and the freedom to be ourselves while being confident that God is shaping us into the people He designed us to be is evidence that God is at work in us by His grace! It’s not us, so we don’t/can't take any credit!

Now… at the end of chapter one, Paul says something that I’ve been holding close to my heart and is associated closely with the mission of Reach Ministry…

“So we tell others about Christ, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to give them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I (we) work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me (us).” Colossians 1:28-29 If there was a necessity for a "mission statement" for Reach it would certainly include these scriptures! When we visit the sick, we do it to introduce Jesus. When we feed the hungry we do it to introduce Jesus. When we invite the community to one of our two (soon to be three and four) services, we do it to introduce Jesus. When we visit the nursing home, we do it to introduce Jesus. When we enter our community for any purpose our only reason is to introduce Jesus and, if while you are reading this, you begin to long for something beyond your normal life. If you feel an urge to do something for someone you've never done before, join us! We'll make room for you! We'll show you what it means to experience the grace of God in your life as you introduce Jesus with us to everyone we meet.


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