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a glimpse of our future…

December 8, 2008

I’m up late tonight thinking about The Bridge – what she is, what she can become, the people that will be set free from sin as a result of our mission, the dreams God is going to make a reality through Jesus through The Bridge.  Sometimes we get so focused on what we are that we lose sight of what we can become.  This is what I see tonight – Imagine when…

– The Bridge gives so much to the poor and helps so many people in need that Spring Hill wonders how they ever got along without The Bridge.

– We cram ourselves into multiple services in a building that’s “below” our size so that we don’t have to spend more on property until it’s absolutely necessary in order to give more to the poor and to mission for the lost who don’t know Jesus.

– We laugh and reminisce about the “old days” when we used to set up and tear down in the cold gym and when children’s classrooms were in school hallways… while we’re standing around in the lobby of our own building after a great, celebratory Sunday gathering.

– Our leadership staff members (and leaders God is going to bring to us in the future… or is raising up in our midst right now) are full-time and the dream of advancing Jesus’ fame in Spring Hill and the world with this team “til’ death do us part is happening”… and we love it.

– It takes hours to do a baptism service a few times a year because God is saving so many people through us.

– When someone stumbles into The Bridge for the first time they see hundreds or thousands of people ravenously hungry to hear from God’s Word and leave wondering what kind of God could be great enough for people to praise him as passionately as they just saw… and wondering why they just got invited to lunch by five people they’ve never met before.

– Our small groups literally pepper the city.  A few times a year, we put a sign in the front yards of homes that host Bridge small groups and people can’t drive through a neighborhood without seeing a few.

– Jesus is the most famous person in Spring Hill.  Not a church.  Not a pastor.  Not a politician.  Jesus.

For that, I’m all in.  Let’s do it…

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2008 8:23 am

    This is not only worth living for, it’s worth dying for! If the elders will take us there, I do believe we’ll go there with them!

  2. Sue permalink
    December 9, 2008 1:14 pm

    I LOVE your vision for The Bridge.

  3. Shi permalink
    December 9, 2008 2:05 pm

    This is a great vision. I’m so excited about seeing it become reality!

  4. Jordan permalink
    December 9, 2008 4:53 pm

    Bring it!

  5. Kathy permalink
    December 9, 2008 6:02 pm

    Josh – I can’t tell you how impressed I am with your philosophy that giving to the poor and winning lost souls is more important than spending a huge amount of money to put us into a building. Especially being a young new ambitious pastor, I would think someone in your position would need a nice building to feel “validated”. Thank you for your vision and for changing mine! You have changed my idea of how a church should work (that it should grow through winning people to christ and not transferring people from another church). I no longer compare our church to any other due to the size of the congregation because now I know that’s not where it’s at. Thank you for clearing that up for me!

  6. Susan Howerton permalink
    December 9, 2008 7:14 pm

    Amen! Amen! Amen!!!!

  7. Nathan Wandell permalink
    December 9, 2008 9:35 pm

    I’m all in.

  8. Mary Bea permalink
    December 9, 2008 11:05 pm

    All of the above!!

  9. Dale permalink
    December 10, 2008 12:30 am

    Rock on!

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