For those of you who are following our journey, you know that God called us to start churches in St. Louis. This October will be the 2-year anniversary of our church’s launch.
Last year we were asking God for a building and standing on His promises to meet the financial needs of our ministry. We were crying out for direction and provision and we were working hard to continually reach more people through outreach. We were asking very specifically about a building: location, size, parking, favor with owner, look, kids area, etc. In April, we found the place, with everything we asked for. In May, we started preparing to move in July 1. We again asked God specifically for the finances to come in for this move–we needed $10,000 by July 1 and $10,000 for renovations by end of August. We declared we would be in the building by July 1 despite all kinds of logistical hurdles–permits, finances, insurance, etc. There were so many elements out of my control.
Yet Jesus has taught us: “Ask what you DESIRE and it shall be done FOR you” and “if two of you AGREE on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done FOR them by My Father in heaven.” We caught this! That when we came together and asked for strategy, He gave it. That when we agreed on our goals and dates, led by the Spirit, and asked our Lord, that He started moving on our behalf. That when we worked hard, He put His hand with ours to make the impossible a reality.
And so July 1 we got in the building, just like we agreed and asked! July 1 people gave $10,000, just like we asked! August 26 $10,000 more came in, just like we asked! We started with two services and have been growing since. We have seen people come to Jesus, healed physically, find their home, hear God, and so much more…just like we are asking! Praise God!
This is just a set up! I see God setting us up for a move of His Spirit. I see He is preparing us for miracles. Last year, at this time, God spoke to me about hosting a conference (a weekend set aside to worship God and hear His voice). I thought it sounded silly. We did not have a building and we were just a small church plant team leading a newly born church. And yet, here we are, a year later: we have a new building, we are growing, and anticipation is rising for breakthrough…just like God said.
Why does God speak in advance? To prepare us, get us in alignment, and to get glory when it happens. We hear God and walk it out, depending on His power and provision. We ask and He moves. God has provided every resource, every team member, and every dollar. He has answered every prayer. He has led us every step of the way. He is fulfilling the vision. He did it again. And He will do it again.
I remember declaring these things before we ever launched our church. I could see the vision then. I remember declaring we would reach people, be a multi-cultural, diverse, Spirit-filled church in the heart of the St. Louis metro area. I remember us crying out for people to come to Jesus. God is so faithful. The vision is coming to pass.
If He did it for us, He will do it for you. If He did it then, He will do it again. God who called you is faithful and He will DO it. So look to Him, ask Him for strategy, come into agreement with your team, ask for His help specifically, walk it out, and watch Him move. He will do it…again!
Thank you to all who have prayed and given to us, especially in this recent season. I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support. If you are in the St. Louis area, join us for our first Rock Conference and our 2nd anniversary this coming October 5-7. We would love for you to be a part of our community and mission.