The New Beginnng

Starting over can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Starting fresh as a church community can be just as intimidating as it is exhilarating. But when you build your foundation on prayer, there's nothing you can't achieve. Our heart is to relaunch our church with a multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-ethnicity, non-religious approach that can bring people of all backgrounds together. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of prayer as we begin our new journey.

Acts 11:20-24 tells us about the early church's journey in Antioch. The Bible tells us that some men from Cyprus and Cyrene went to Antioch and began preaching to the Greeks. The Lord blessed their work, and many people turned to the Lord. When the church in Jerusalem heard about this, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to investigate. Barnabas witnessed the grace of God in the new believers and encouraged them to remain true to the Lord. As a result, a great number of people were added to the Lord. This passage holds great value as it shows us that no matter where we come from or how different we are, we can come together under one roof and bring glory to God.

In Acts 13:1-3, we see another example of prayer and the Holy Spirit's guidance in starting a new church. This time, it is Paul and Barnabas who are in Antioch. While they were worshiping and fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke to them, informing them to separate themselves for the work that He had called them to. The text says, "Then, fasting and praying, and laying their hands on them, they sent them away." (Acts 13:3) This passage emphasizes the importance of prayer and how it is essential when starting a new venture or endeavour.

When starting a new church, it's easy to get bogged down in the details- from the building to the décor to the music to the sermon to the members. However, focusing on these details can cause us to lose sight of what’s most important - prayer. When we pray for our church, we invite God's guidance and wisdom into the process. When we pray together as a church community, we grow together and form a deeper connection with one another.

Building a church that is multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-ethnicity is undoubtedly a noble cause, but it's not without its challenges. However, prayer can dissolve the barriers created by our differences and allow an environment in which all can coexist. When we pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we begin to understand and love them in ways we never thought possible.

Launching a church with prayer as the foundation certainly sets the tone for the church's entire existence. The early church teaches us that prayer infuses the church community with the passion of the Holy Spirit and invites God's wisdom and guidance. In this new beginning for our church, we look forward to praying together, worshipping together, and breaking bread together as a multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-ethnicity, non-religious church community. Praying for the Lord to anoint this new beginning, may it be a guiding light for those who seek God’s love and grace.

Pastor Alicia Partee