When you are going to launch into a new season, you need to know what you will and will not do. You also need to know what you will and will not place value upon.
David proved this in his attack of a giant called Goliath. He was a shepherd boy and when he offered to attack the giant all his family and friends and boss laughed at him. But David replied
1 Samuel 17:34 But David persisted. “When I am taking care of my father’s sheep,” …… I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this heathen Philistine too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!
He said, i know what I am good at. I know what i have valued. I will just value the same thing here.
One thing I see too often is church launches feel pressure to be everything to everyone all at once.
Then they begin to over promise and under-deliver. They do not stay true to what they value. Their values are the ‘way’ in which the very same mission all over the world can be accomplished. But certain churches have a mandate to get there a certain way, with a certain style and culture.
David could not wear anyone else’s garments of war. He had to be himself.
1 Samuel 17:49 As quick as a flash, he reached into his bag, put a stone in his sling, and launched it at the Philistine, hitting him in the head. The stone sank deeply into his forehead, and the Philistine fell face-first onto the ground.
So whats your stone?? What do you have in your hand that you can use in your attack of the enemy or the giants in your life! What are you GOOD at, known for, what comes naturally?
I just know that we draw back so often from celebrating our strengths and our genius. And to be honest we don’t do great celebrating it in each other with our own insecurities – often we think if I acknowledge what you are good at that then I am acknowledging I am ‘not’ good at it – but that’s not the case!!
The more we stand strong in our own genius the more clarified the weapon .. and then LAUNCH it in the forehead of those giants –
For us collectively at Resurgent Church we feel like what we have to offer this city and the Body of Christ is who we are .. defined in our manifesto .. A public declaration of our intentional core values .. This does not make us better, it makes us complimentary to what God is already doing here.
This is our personal distinctive
There are FIVE of them .. They are our stones ..
We will focus on living these out and using them to build something of strength here as a local church. They are ours from heaven .. not for everyone but each church is given specific ways to go about their mandate.
Authenticity … we will use our realness, our imperfections, our courage of transparency and vulnerability, our journey not our destination to come against an enemy that says you have to be perfect to make a difference, you have to have it all together to feel safe here. That’s what religion says ..
but GRACE says “I accept you where you are but I love you too much to let you stay the same .. so come on a journey of growth and wholeness with me”
Generosity .. we will use this core value to come against a spirit of not enough, a pie mentality that says there is only so much to go around, a selfish ‘only about me and mine’ mentality … we will be generous with our words, our encouragement, our time, our money ..
And we will create margin for the Lord to do the miraculous..
We will give and we will receive
We will fight against a spirit of stinginess and withholding due to fear and insecurity.
Creativity – because we were formed in the image of a CREATIVE GOD who gave us all the power to innovate and THINK with the mind of Christ. Our frustrations can lead to innovation
Devotion – a loyalty towards that which is sacred and we will live for a cause greater than ourselves
Passion Requires Your ALL – an all consuming enthusiasm requires your all in praise, the loud amens, the energy of a HABS GAME in the House of God..giving God our best and life our all.
These are our five stones, our core values, our distinctives .. what we will be good at..And we believe that these building a church can change the spiritual atmosphere around us.
In your own personal launch you need to define these core values early on so that you can lean into them as your ‘stones’ when the enemy wants to intimidate you.