Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Around the same time we attended the Threshold conference and left with a renewed sense that God wanted us to stay in Savannah rather than move to a location with an established organic church. Milt gave some very practical advise to those who, like us, find ourselves in a wilderness of sorts teetering between institutionalism and isolationism. The most helpful thing he said was to avoid jumping right into having meetings. He advised the saints to find other people who share a heart for God's eternal purpose and begin to build relationships with them. We can share meals, spend a day on the town, have bible studies and find numerous other ways to get to know one another and share Christ together. The goal is to avoid becoming a mini version of an institution by being devoted to one another.
Now all that sounds well and good if you can find people near you who share your passion for Christ's headship in the gathering of the saints. This is where prayer comes in. A lot of prayer. We've been praying for quite some time for God to bring us together with other folks who want to be a part of an organic church. He is beginning to reveal His answer to those prayers.
In the span of the last few weeks or so we have become more acquainted with a family that is (in his words) "in the foyer" of the institution wondering what they are still doing there. They've read several books on the topic and have a passion for knowing and sharing Christ's life outside the four walls. So far we have met for frozen yogurt, dinner at our home, and a Saturday of swimming. It has been some of the greatest times of fellowship I've had in quite some time. We'll see one another again on Thursday for some cardio exercise. I'm anxiously looking forward to it.
On top of that wonderful news, some other things are happening. So far two people have contacted me who are interested in moving here to be built up together with us. A family that resides in NY and another that is currently a part of the organic church in Gainsville, FL which have plans to move back into our area. It has been great to watch God answer our prayers and bring His people together.
I'm greatly encouraged by what God is doing. Our journey out of Neverland has had it's share of ups and downs. Our Father has been right there with us and in us, working all things together for our good and His purpose. I hope my words can encourage all of you who are on a similar journey.
So, what's happening in your neck of the woods?
Posted by Bobby Auner at 8:49 AM