The goals of Hope International Church are to create mature disciples of Jesus Christ and to multiply the glory He so richly deserves. Some of those who are a part of this body have written below about the spiritual growth and transformation that they have experienced at Hope.
The purpose of the Jesus in the Kingdom is not to simply “get people in.” It is very clear that a relationship with Jesus is dynamic, always on the move, growing, and maturing. Ultimately, this is the work of the Holy Spirit. But the local church ought to plan for the moving of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. William Carey said, “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God.” We are eager to be involved in the kingdom of God is such a way, that the only explanation for what is happening in our lives is that God is among us.
We are serious about developing character. No one can force it on you. But if you want it, someone can help you get it from God. What you do when no one is watching, living before God and not men, being people that are genuinely different from our culture and time. This is our aim. Do you want it?
In many places, the need for leaders is approached institutionally. In this way, the fact is, there is no real need for leaders. Jesus said, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35) I suspect the disciples did not see the harvest field because they were among Samaritans. Jesus saw a harvest!
Have you stooped under the “glass ceiling of leadership” in the church? Many have been Christians for some years, have grown in their relationship with God, their understanding of the Bible, ministry to other Christians, etc. Now? nowhere to go. Picture a person standing in a church that has a low glass ceiling; they are bent over because it is so low. They can see through the ceiling, opportunities for ministry, but can’t get there. At one church, a part time pastoral position was posted and received over 150 applications. It was in a typically beautiful American town, in a place where anyone would want to live. From this view we should yell, “Stop the production line! No more leaders needed!”
Truth be told—there is so much need for so many more leaders! The problem is that people can’t see the harvest—they aren’t looking with God’s eyes. Children from dysfunctional homes, marriages on the rocks, sexual additions, prisons full, handicapped, foster children, drug addictions, the blind, the deaf, atheists, neo pagans, --the list is too long to even do it justice. Ministry by most is viewed as “in the church.” Jesus sees ministry as mainly outside the church. We mean to break the glass ceiling by moving people to view the harvest field as the world.
What are you doing that only God could help you achieve?