Yesterday at CrossWay we talked about the vision for our church. We read Acts 18:5-11, in which God appears to Paul in a vision and tells him that He has many people in the city of Corinth, where Paul was preaching.
God is the God of that city, and He is the God of our city, too! He is the God of our community. He has many people here. He is doing something in the West Ocean City/Berlin area, and He’s bringing His people together to make it happen. Not only that, but Jesus Christ has people in our community that don’t know Him yet, and He wants to work through His churches here to bring those people to Himself.
In this passage in Acts, Paul preaches in the synagogue–the established church, if you will–and they not only oppose him but actually abuse him. So he goes literally right next door, preaches the gospel, and revival breaks out in the city! CrossWay is on a mission to make lifelong followers of Jesus Christ throughout our community and around the world, and that means we can’t hide in an insulated religious bubble. We must go out into the community. Sometimes there’s a dormant revival right next door, just waiting to explode as soon as the gospel is shared.
So we talked about our vision of being a place where anyone can understand and respond to the Bible. That’s how we make lifelong followers of Jesus. We know Jesus by reading and understanding the Bible, and we follow Jesus by responding to the Bible in faith and obedience. We can fulfill our vision by living out our core values: Community, Reverence, Outreach, Service, Spiritual Growth. As these five things come to define us, we’re in position for God to bring His kingdom to our community. He is the God of this city!