Friday, April 6, 2012

God's Story

The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for us. When God gave us the call to plant Praxis Community Church, our "vision" was that we would take a break for a season, rest some and plan for Praxis. We had been told over and over how much work planting is so we thought we would rest, soak in a lot of teaching and use the time to refresh prior to Praxis. We were going to have a bible study for those that wanted to help us launch the church so that we could just have a place to study God's word together and grow in Christ together. Well, this bible study has quickly turned into a church. We have been overwhelmed by God's provision during this time. He has taught us much. As a wise friend told me, I confided in her that this was all moving much quicker than we had planned and she told me "we plan and God laughs". So true.
We have learned much the last couple of months. And I do want to talk about that at some point, but for now, I want to this Easter weekened, talk about God in Praxis. Praxis is not Ryan's vision, my vision, or the any of the launch team's. Everything that we had forseen, God blew it out of the water. This church is God's vision. In our short time, we have seen new believers accept Jesus, we have a non-believer who is actively invovled with us as he figures things out even helping us on the launch team. Our first Sunday meeting, God sent a new convert to us who had zero connections with anyone at Praxis, zero advertisement etc. That's the God I serve. God doesn't need human hands to make Him known. He just needs willing hearts. I have been encouraged much over the last few weeks. I have seen God awaken people to a deeper walk with Him. I have seen Him move people to trust Him and have been willing to lose everything for His names sake. That's the God I serve. We are watching God heal hearts and marriages. And the beautiful part is this all started on March 18th. We are not even a month into this and God has blown our minds and moved us to nothing but pure awe and amazement
Praxis Community Church is a place where Jesus is supreme. It's a place where people are wanting more of Jesus. It's a place where we practice grace and love to one another continously. It's a place where needs are made known and then are met. We aren't perfect, but we love the One who is. God spoke Praxis into being and because of that, not man or the pits of hell can stop it. We are a diverse group of people! We come from all different walks of life. We couldn't of planned what we looked like if we tried. And that is why I love Praxis Community Church. If you are looking for a place to either figure Jesus out, we're you're place. I've been in your shoes. If you are looking for a place to call home, come check us out! If you need healing from life, come meet the one that can heal! At Praxis, our heart felt desire is to watch people change their lives because of the One who gave His life for ours. Once your heart can grasp that truth, it changes everything. As with the bible, my life, your life, Praxis Community Church etc, this is all God's story, we just are merely playing a part and I am thankful for the part I get to play in His story. What's your part?