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Pursuing the Great Commision

One of the areas of life and ministry that God is teaching me about currently is the area of purpose and vision.  Lately He has really been hammering me with the reminder that in order to make fully formed disciples of Christ, we must impart to them a vision that goes beyond themselves and beyond even our local churches.  Me must start with ourselves and with our local body, but we must continue on from there.  As we grow and mature, part of that maturation process must include expanding our influence for Christ so that we can make disciples of all nations.  This is nothing other than what we church folk call The Great Commission.

Of course, in order to do this, those of us who God has placed in leadership positions within local churches must have this larger than ourselves vision personally.  We cannot hope to reproduce in others what we ourselves do not possess.  Having been convicted personally in this area, and seeing God develop in me a passion for His church universal, I wanted to find other men and pastors with the same passion.  My plan was, and is, to contact them and arrange a time that we could get together and pray for our community together.  The image of pastors from different churches coming together and crying out to God on behalf or our community is a powerful one for me.

Interestingly enough, I have already faced resistance in this pursuit.  I have already been informed that there is at least one pastor in my community who has declared his church will not partner in any way with ours.  While I find this incredibly sad, I am not entirely surprised.  The enemy will battle against God's people joining together in any way he can.  He would like nothing more than for each individual church in Rome to remain just that: an individual church cut off from the rest of the body here.

Rome, GA
I am not that easily put off, however.  My goal is still to find pastors, men, and women who will join me in prayer for our town.  I don't care what denomination you are or who your pastor is.  The only qualification I am looking for is an overwhelming passion to see God move in the people in Rome and Floyd county Georgia.  I am going to meet with some of you soon and we are going to get on our knees together and go before the throne of grace begging God to change this town with His gospel for His glory.

Are you one of those people?

Will you join me?

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