Greetings to all of you who are keeping up with us on our journey! I apologize for the distance between my last post and this one.
We have begun weekly meetings with two groups of families spread across the North Las Vegas area. The content of our discussion centers around the vision and values that will guide us as this local community of believers takes on its own God-given shape and personality. We have been encouraged to see and hear the responses of the people God has been bringing to these gatherings. What most encourages us is recognizing that they are not responding to any creative genius on our part (as if you were really thinking that anyway). Rather, we are all responding to the gospel.
We are responding to God's unique message in the person of Christ Jesus for the redemption and transformation of Las Vegas and cities like it around the world. As the gospel comes alive in our own hearts we experience further life transformation (sanctification) and we have a realistic hope to see our families and communities take on new life as well. We begin to embrace classes of people with whom we might not have imaged the possibility of any mutual love and care. We begin to take our calling as kingdom servants seriously, actively becoming equipped for the works God has uniquely designed for each of us. We serve others sacrificially without any expectation of receiving something in return. We take on all of life's activities with a renewed dependence upon Jesus, and a proper confidence that we will see him work. We start to see that God's advancing kingdom is bigger than us, our church, or our denomination. In sum, we become mature disciples, rooted in the grace of the gospel, who live our lives for others and remember that it is God's kindness that leads us to repentance. These are the biblical convictions that will guide us as we move forward.
Additional Note: Within the next few weeks we plan to have another web site up and running that will do a better job of communicating who we are to people living in Las Vegas.
We humbly ask that you will continue to keep us in your prayers as our Lord brings us to mind. Please pray that God will continue to provide financially for this project. Give if God is prompting you to sacrifice for the Kingdom in Las Vegas. (Information on how to give can be found on our current web page: http://www.missionnorthlasvegas.squarespace.com/)
Please pray also for the many contacts that are presently wrestling with the gospel. Pray that their eyes will be opened to the truth of their need to be reconciled with their Creator and that they will be given faith to trust Jesus as their Reconciler, their Savior.