Archive for May, 2010

>Membership

Posted: May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

>We are very close to having actual membership at Sojourn. This Sunday we will have a “new members class” where we’ll talk about membership requirements, our Biblical beliefs, our vision and our values. Next week, June 6th, we’ll actually join. This will be a very exciting two weeks. We have several people attending regularly who have not made their belief in Jesus public and have not been baptized. We are hoping that this week they’ll make that public step.


Membership requirements will be simple;
           A salvation testimony of faith in Christ alone.
           Baptism by immersion after the salvation experience.
           Attend New Member’s class
           Agree with and sign the church covenant

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>Success!

Posted: May 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

>I’m finding that my philosophies are being tested. I’ve said on numerous occasions to numerous people that you cannot measure your real success by the number of people you get in the pews at 11AM on Sunday morning. There are too many variables; people have jobs, something comes up, someone is sick, car breaks down, etc, that can cause a low turnout on Sunday morning. Plus, attendance is not a very good indicator of your mission success.

You really have to measure your success by your obedience to Christ. The results are always His responsibility. So, each and every day we must obey Christ; go where He sends, speaking and ministering as He directs. It is that easy to be successful.

However, 17 people at a Sunday worship gathering still makes you feel like you aren’t quite making it. You get the feeling that you are missing something or failing somewhere. You think and think and wonder, second guessing your decisions and even your plan. Will we even make it?

So, here we are with a little post-Sunday depression and second-guessing (most church planters go through this). We must look at God’s view rather than our own.

First, on Saturday we received confirmation of our first salvation experience through this ministry. Second, on Sunday we talked with two of our regular attendees (new folks we’ve met since we started) who both told stories of the growth in their walk with Jesus. Finally, on Sunday afternoon, while working at Ice Cream and Answers we spoke with two different men who both indicated through their conversation that God was dealing with them greatly.

We could measure our success by the 17 people who were at our Sunday morning worship gathering, or we could measure success by the five spiritual growth stories. We could just ask; am I doing as God has commanded? That’s the real success.

>Our First

Posted: May 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

>I finally happened. We have evidence of someone becoming a follower of Jesus Christ as a result of our ministry. The first full day of Ice Cream and Answers a group of girls came by and asked me about boyfriend and their issues. This was my first advice-giving conversation. Over the next month these girls came back on several occasions to talk. We talked about Jesus a few times. Today, one of those girls came to Ice Cream and Answers. She had been going to church with a friend (someone I did not know but we had a mutual friend) for about two months. She indicated from our conversation that she was on her way to becoming a believer but wasn’t quite there yet. We talked and I discovered that she really was a believer, but was just under the misconception that there were things she had to do before become a follower of Jesus. I told her of Galatians 2:16 “know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ” and that if she trusted Jesus she was a follower of Christ already. We talked more and she indicated through a testimony that she was indeed a believer. We were very excited. She shared how over the past two months Christ had been changing her; she didn’t like behaviors she was involved in and was not loving the Word of God and worshipping with the church. What a wonderful testimony!!! So, even though she isn’t going to sojourn and we will not baptize her, we are excited that we’ve been a part of the work of God expanding His Kingdom and reconciling the world to Himself. Awesome!