But what does this new season look like, what is it about, and how does God want us to respond?
Here's what we've been hearing in these initial days:
A SEASON OF RECOVERY
The Lord is passionately committed to His Church and is making a way for us to recover what has been lost (don't think of just materially and financially) that was so precious. Some treasures have been lost in our generation, others in previous ones, but regardless, God has a plan to "pursue, overtake and recover all!"
A SEASON OF ZIKLAG
David, when his camp was plundered and his family was kidnapped was in a perilous time. He turned to God and strengthened himself in the Lord (1 Sam 30). Another way of saying this would be, "God supernaturally strengthened his heart". His confidence, zeal and endurance came bursting forth from his full heart. Likewise, God desires to strengthen hearts that have been discouraged, disillusioned, or wounded through the last season. But from here, we are set on pursuit!
The treasures the Lord has given his people so that they can both represent heaven on earth and advance the kingdom with power and love are all needed. None of them are optional or redundant. Here are some of the treasures we believe God wants to have the Church gloriously recover in this season, join us in asking the Father for these!
- - HOPE
- - UNITY (remember the Church began united!)
- - PASSION FOR THE LOST
- - THE POWER OF THE LORD'S PRAYER
- - THE CROSS & THE CENTRALITY OF THE GOSPEL
- - THE POWER & ENCOUNTER OF THE LORD'S TABLE
- - THE FEAR OF THE LORD
- - AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY
So pray, ask the Father to strengthen your heart in whatever way is needed, and join us in the pursuit!