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Call and Response

15 Feb
Habakkuk 2:2-3 “Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
One of the biggest keys I have learned in this church planting journey that applies to life in general is that vision leaks. As a matter of fact anyone who follows this blog knows I have already written a blog on the very subject just a few months ago. So why am I coming back to the topic of vision casting and catching? Because vision leaks and must constantly be written, spoken, and shared. I have been faithful to keep the vision that God gave me for City on a Hill Church before the people. Not a week goes by that they do not hear me share our vision. It is included in every message because it is the DNA of our church and the reason we were called to our city. I get some of my greatest joy in the call and response of the vision. The people of COAH can finish my sentences. I’ll say, “It is all about Jesus it has always been about Jesus and it will always be about Jesus.” Before I can even get more than three words out I look out and people are saying it right along with me and smiling and nodding with blessed assurance that this is from God. I sat with two truly amazing young men the other day and I listened as they were sharing their ideas for something God has called them to begin and as they are sharing I hear the influence of COAH’s vision in them. I say, ‘We are a city within a city reaching our city with the life changing message of Jesus Christ one life at a time.” and people perk up because they know this isn’t just my vision it is the vision God has called them to fulfill in our city, region, and world. In conversations I’ll listen to people speak that we are blessed to be a blessing and joyfully talk about giving their time, talent, and treasure to God. I listen to my leaders encourage their teams by helping them to see we care about you first it is not about what you have or what you can do for us we just simply care about you. This reinforces that core values that people are people not resources to be used up and disposed of. I am inspired when I see and hear our people passionately pursuing Lost people [Luke 15/19:10] and looking to bring Wanderers [Ezk. 34] back into God’s pastures. I speak, listen, and hear folks sharing our Church’s heart in a nut shell, Love God, Love People, and Preach Jesus. Followed by a, “It really is that simple.” We speak of following only one true church planting expert, that is Jesus who said, ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” [Matthew 16:18]. I get excited when I hear of our people stepping up and showing spiritual maturity and not repaying evil for evil because our core value teaches us that, God is good and He expects us to be good. When we are on mission in the city, going over seas, or living it out every day we fully realize and adopt the core value that we do not do good for the sake of good we do good to the glory of God. Our rewards are in heaven and the greatest reward is seeing a lost person or a wanderer find their way home to Jesus. These kinds of call and response keep me centered, focused, and passionately pursuing Jesus Christ as we live out His vision for our city. Whether it is our past hurts, our current trial, or our future victory we all recognize that God wants to use our story for His glory. It is so rewarding to hear and see the vision God has entrusted to me and the people of COAH constantly being shared and reviewed through call and response. COAH’s life verse keeps us on point to help us be about our city. We can’t say we are about the city it we are not out in our city. We are called to be a city on a hill a light that can not be hidden. We are building a city for God among the city of men. From January to March of 2010 I wrote down our vision in May of 2010 I became a herald and I began to run with it. It was our appointed time and it has not proved false. We have seen men, women, and children come into right relationship and receive salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We have seen marriages healed and restored, we have seen addictions broken, wanderers come home, missionaries called, miracles, signs, and wonders have followed the preaching of God’s Word to the glory of God. I don’t intended to stop calling out the vision and I am confident by God’s grace that people will continue to respond as long as we remember God’s Law of Attraction: Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me.” I have seen this with my eyes and heard it with my ears as God draws people from the North, South, East, and West into His kingdom. I even use the call and response method in my prayers. I write out and pray the vision of COAH on a daily basis as I pray that God’s kingdom would come in my life, my family, my city, and my world. Be encouraged write down your vision, share it, teach it, and most importantly live it out daily. You can be absolutely confident that God has a plan for you. [Jer. 29:11-13] The key to these verses is verse 13 if you seek God you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart. Once you find Him and He gives you your vision you must be willing for give your life for Him accomplishing it. I leveraged everything in my life to live this vision. I wouldn’t trade it for silver and gold. I wouldn’t trade it for riches untold. Jesus is worthy of my life. I don’t have to do this I get to do this to the glory of the Glorious One who outshines the sun! Jesus called out to me and I responded. Can you hear Him calling?
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