Moving Forward!

New Beginnings

August 22, 2010 we started our church, Firestone Baptist Church.  We have had several good years as the Lord has grown the church.  In the beginning of 2014, our church decided that we wanted to move forward with looking for a new location.  We have been renting a school on Sundays since virtually the beginning of the church.  Though we have been very thankful for a place to meet and for reasonable rent, the location is one that people commonly have a hard time finding.  It is also a place where we cannot put out permanent signs on the building or surrounding area letting people know about the church.  Several other variables also make it a less than ideal location. Ultimately, it is not a place we could call home, so we as a church decided it was time to move.


After several months of searching and after several locations NOT being willing to work as a church location and others just being way too expensive, we finally found the location that we are now meeting in.  We are extremely excited about this new location!  Our church is now located right in the HEART of the Carbon Valley area.  It is also right in the middle of downtown Frederick, CO. In order to have a space big enough for the “auditorium” and to meet the codes required for an assembly by the town of Frederick, the inside of the building has required much remodeling. God has been more than gracious to us with this new building and has already given innumerable blessings. We would love to share some of those here:


  • Professional volunteers hanging the 2 hour firewall
  • Professional volunteers hanging drywall and texturing
  • Professionals installing all wiring
  • 110 padded chairs donated
  • Pulpit donated
  • Sound Equipment donated
  • Floor donated
  • Drop ceiling donated.
  • Countless hours of labor by many from both inside and outside the church


We have been amazed to see God’s people from near and far come to help our little church!  We thank the Lord for the many blessings that have been given to us!  Below are a few pictures that relate much of the process of the rebuild. The pictures are followed by an explanation of some changes and future plans for our church, so please keep reading!


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Again we are so thankful for the Lord’s graciousness to us during this transition.



Since the move we have had to make several changes.  However, there are a few things that have not changed: our philosophy, teaching, preaching, and service structure.  We are still a Bible preaching/teaching church focusing on discipleship.  We have the philosophy of “Churches Planting Churches.”  Our goal is to continue to evangelize and build relationships within the Carbon Valley community and then beyond.  We strive to continually base every single thing we do upon the Word of God!


We want to let you all be aware of a specific change we have made as a church and explain why we have made that change. We have a new church name!


Let me explain some background. The area where we meet is often called tri-town or the Carbon Valley area. There are several towns in the immediate vicinity and two of them–Firestone and Frederick–blend together in most areas of the city. In other words, the boundaries overlap often, and few people know where one town ends and where the next one begins. The location where we previously met is located in a portion of town that is really confusing as to whether or not it is in the town of Firestone or whether it is in the town of Frederick.  Needless to say because of the confusion, we had no worries about what we called our church before now. For four years, although we met in Frederick, our church was called Firestone Baptist Church.  Since we had originally planned to meet in Firestone and had already named our church before moving to that building, we just kept the name.  However, now we have moved to downtown Frederick.  In all reality a building could not get more into downtown Frederick than where we are located!   Everyone knows that our location is for sure in Frederick.  As this is my first church plant, one of the lessons I’ve learned is to never name a church after a street, person, or city!  Now we have to change the name.  It would be quite odd to have a Firestone Baptist Church in downtown Frederick!


We have had to come up with a new name.  Having to come up with a new name brought up several considerations:  What lessons have we learned about names?  What name do we want to name the church?  What do we want to communicate to the community?

A Good Name

Scripture teaches us in Proverbs 22:1,


A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,

and favor is better than silver or gold.


Our ultimate goal is to choose a name that honors the Lord, one we can stand behind, that we can present without questions, and one that will allow people from our own community to consider without having preconceived notions.

I would like to present a few words on preconceived notions: I find that few people really know why they believe what they believe.  Many people have a stigma about certain things, although they do not really understand why they have that stigma.  Typically the stigma is there because of the interpretation of an experience or because of what other people such as parents, former teachers, or peers have said. In reality individuals often do not have solid reasons why they hold onto a stigma!  They do not know why THEY believe what THEY believe, but they place a stigma based on an experience or another’s opinion.


In 2009 as we were praying about what the Lord would have us call the name of the church when we first planted/started it, the choice was not really simple.  It was actually stressful!  Many thoughts presented themselves for consideration, including but not limited to, our true beliefs and agreement with Baptist doctrine, the area of the country we are ministering to, existing Baptist churches and their reputation in our area, and the perspective of our supporting churches.  After much discussion and prayer, we decided to call the church Firestone Baptist Church. Even though we were concerned about the Baptist reputation in the area, we wanted to try to change the stigma because we believe Baptist doctrine is truly Biblical. We hold to the Bible first and foremost, and we believe the Baptist DOCTRINE agrees with that.   (As a side note, please understand if you are reading this, that I said Baptist DOCTRINE!!! That does not mean we agree with every Baptist church’s stance on personal standards or every Baptist school’s “rules.” There is a HUGE difference, and many equate the standards and rules to the doctrine…That is another discussion for another time.)


To fast forward the story, let me tell you what we have done over the course of the last 4 years.  Often we have surveyed people of the Carbon Valley community about several church related things. One frequently asked question which typically generates the same response is “What do you think of when you hear the name ‘Baptist’?”  At first, the answer shocked me, but I eventually got used to it!  Why? Because almost every time a person answered, “You mean like Westboro Baptist?”  Now if you know anything about Westboro Baptist of Topeka, Kansas, you know this is NOT an association that any True Believer would want to be associated with!  This thought struck me:  “So the stigma that has been going around here in the Carbon Valley area, and probably beyond in this part of the West is that all Baptists are like those of Westboro Baptist.”  Immediately I thought, “I do not want to be a part of that, which means we have a LARGE uphill battle to ‘convince’ people that even though we are Baptist, we are not the same as the stigma behind Westboro Baptist, or that of some other Baptist churches.”


What we have learned is that people will not allow even a chance for educating, convincing, or changing their preconceived stigmas. They already have biased opinions and will simply STAY AWAY!  Numerous times throughout the last 4 years, we had people tell us that they would not visit our church JUST because we had “Baptist” in our name.  As a church we felt like these facts were very important to consider in renaming the church!


We have also learned, that even many people who call themselves Baptist do not really know why they call themselves Baptist.  They do not really know the differences between Baptists: Southern, Northern, Freewill, Landmark, Conservative, American, Independent, etc. For more on the list of the 100’s of Baptist Denominations, please go to this link. To them the general denomination of Baptists is what that they have grown up with or around.  They do not understand that there is a significant difference between each of those sub titles! Anyway, we wanted to make sure people knew where we stood, without having a misunderstanding of who we are!  I know that sounds confusing, but that was a consideration.


We made several requirements for our new name.

  • The name needed to Glorify God.
  • The name needed to point people to a doctrinal standpoint.
  • The name could not be one that already indicates a specific denominational agenda or fad moving through “church culture.”


Ultimately, after much prayer, consideration, and discussion, we chose the name Carbon Valley Bible Church. We do not apologize for this.  May I go on further to say that we still have a strong Baptist distinctive.  We love our Baptist Doctrine.  We love the Historical Baptist Heritage.  We love the roots of the Baptist History that span the last 2000 years.  The history of the Baptists is rich.  We do not however, really care for the direction of the modern Baptists.  If we were to label ourselves, we would put ourselves more in the category of the Historical Baptists.  Charles Spurgeon said the following:


“We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome… and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel underground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents. Persecuted alike by Romanists and Protestants of almost every sect…” (From The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol.VII, Page 225)              You can read that quote from our website at


We abide by the Baptist distinctives. If you are not sure what the Baptist distinctives are you can also purchase the book listed on that webpage as well. Yes, we are Baptist…we just do not have the name Baptist in our church name.


In addition, we feel that the changing of the name allows us to have better conversation with the people in our community as we try to consistently outreach in this area where God has placed us.  Unfortunately, some churches and organizations may think that this needs to be a point of separation from us.  They may believe that we are becoming liberal.  They may believe that we are becoming progressive.  May I assure you . . . we are not!  We are not changing our preaching.  We are not changing our use and saturation of Scriptures throughout our preaching and teaching.  We are not changing the course of our music.  We are ONLY changing the name…and well, our building location.


We again make no apologies for changing the name.  This is one of the beautiful things about being an independent church.  We are able to act upon what we believe God wants us to do.  We do not feel that changing the name is a point of separation. However, if other organizations, other churches, or other believers choose to do so, we will be saddened.  I would ask them at what point does Scripture say the word “Baptist” has to be a part of our name?  Often, people or organizations who separate over these types of issues make problems within the church and within Christianity anyway.  They focus on minor standard and preference issues instead of the solid doctrines that God wants them to focus on.  Those types of attitudes can ultimately allow Satan to get a foothold in Christianity and make a widespread problem where there should be no problem.  I challenge you not to get hung up on minor issues!  Don’t worry more about man and what man thinks; rather, put your thoughts on what is truly right and acceptable unto the Lord.  Division over minor issues does not bring true Glory to God!  We feel, if anything, we would rather be more grounded with a name of Bible than the name of Baptist. You can’t argue with the Bible! Yet, we are still Baptist…Independent Baptist, and have no apologies for that fact either.


From this point forward we will be Carbon Valley Bible Church.  This name gives us the commitment to reaching the entire Carbon Valley Community.  This area consists of Firestone, Frederick, Dacono, and Erie.  We also have the ability to reach Fort Lupton and Longmont.  This name also allows the community to see that our foundation is based solely on the Word of God, and not on the tradition of men.


You can see that there really has not been many changes to our church!  Feel free to check out  our new website  If you are in the Carbon Valley Area, we would love for you to drop in!  We preach Christ Jesus Crucified and Resurrected.  Our foundation is the Word of God.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call 303-736-9959 or you can email at


Serving Him,


Pastor Jason Kokenzie


Carbon Valley Bible Church


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Colorado Flood Victims: FEMA support running Out

It has now been a couple of weeks, but there are literally hundreds if not thousands of people still dealing with all of the issues. For those of us who have not been directly impacted with the floods in our own house, it is often that we forget. If you can help financially please do so here, if you cannot but are able to share this link, we ask that you do that. Thanks so much!

Molly Hendrickson

LYONS, Colo. – You’d never know it looking at the outside of her Lyons home, but Crysty McCain and her kids are running out of places to go.

“It’s unlivable.  They gave me $1,574 and when that’s gone, that’s it,” McCain said.

Their water has ecoli in it and their gas and electricity is still shut off.  The problem is all of the FEMA approved hotels in nearby Longmont are full.

“I even had one FEMA lady say on the phone, well you might have to live out of your car,” McCain said.

FEMA has allotted $30 million in housing assistance for flood victims.  Representatives told 7NEWS they’re continually working with counties to find more housing solutions but in the meantime evacuees with no place to go should stay in the shelters.

For people like Bobby and Rene Young, that’s a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

“The rental assistance is not quite as much as what the landlords are asking for in most cases,” Young said.

The Youngs lost their home in the flood.  FEMA has given them $1,000 a month in rental assistance, but finding a month to month rental within that budget is proving to be a challenge.

“That seems a little rough,” Young said.

Just when the Young’s thought they’d begin settling down, like so many others in Lyons, they’re starting over.

“I feel grateful because I’m not homeless, but in the long term, we are,” Young said.

Crysty McCain and her kids have a house still, but don’t know how long it’ll be until they can call it a home again.

“They’re worried we’re never going to come back ever,” McCain said.

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What We Can Learn From Duck Dynasty

It is no doubt that Duck Dynasty is taking the world by storm!  You cannot get around the great characters in SI, Jase, and Willy!   Si who always has a pitcher of ice tea, Jase who always has something up his sleeve in pulling pranks on Willy, and Willy who has to take care of all of the stooges in the company. So “Hey, Jack” why is this such a great hit and what can we learn from them?

Well it has nothing to do with their crazy antics.  It is interesting to me how many posts I see about Duck Dynasty on Facebook.  Just this morning I flipped open Facebook and within 5 minutes I saw at least 5 posts about last nights episode.  It is no doubt that this show is taking us by storm.  And by us, I mean Christians!

What is also amazing to me is how many posts I see online about how godly these men are.  How they are strong on their stance for God.  How they love the Lord.  How they hate abortion.  I have seen countless videos posted about these men preaching, teaching, and telling others about their relationship with Christ. Obviously there is nothing wrong with this.  I am glad that with this great audience that these men have, that they do take the stand for Christ.  It reminds me a lot of how Tim Tebow has taken a stance for his Christian walk in the sports arena.  The world has flocked to his spiritual character.

What absolutely baffles me is how accepting that we are of these men.  And why?  because they are professional entertainers, they are funny, and they have a hit TV shows.  Now you may be stumped as to what in the world I am talking about.  Well if you are a typical traditional…the mere fact that they have beards and long hair should appall you, it should anger you, it should make your stomachs turn!

Now you may say what?!  Well these have always been signs of rebellion in the heart of a Christian in the Fundamental circles, but for whatever reason, these men are not looked down upon, but rather lifted in praise because of their godly lives and Christian stance.  Now I am not saying that we should all go out and get long hair or whatever, but I am saying is that we can learn something from this acceptance!

See we have traditionally been legalistic by putting people into a certain mold that aligns with what we think spirituality should look like!  But what is interesting about that is that we have been SO consumed with trying to make people spiritual, that we have actually forgotten to really be concerned with their true spirituality.  We accept these characters on Duck Dynasty!  No, we embrace them!  But yet you never hear anything negative about their long hair and beards, but rather just throw out there that it is part of the character.  See when it comes down to it, we know that if we see true spiritual character, we throw out the looks.  When we see something we like, we throw out the looks, and when we see something that tugs on our humor bone, we throw out the looks.

However, the spiritual side of things has been something that God has been telling us for years!

1 Samuel 16:7

“7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

See this should be our mind set as well…As the person grows in the Lord, the Lord will teach them whether or not they should have a certain look or not.  As they are driven to Christ they will be taught and convicted by the Lord if they need to change something.  You see it is NOT our job to tell someone how they should or should not look to a degree! What a Believer should do is show them love and biblical principles and allow the Holy Spirit to work in their lives.  See we interested in their spiritual life according to God’s standard and not our own agenda.  Instead of making them what we want to make them, we should show them and drive them to what God wants for them.

We should expect spiritual growth from a person and some of that growth will indeed change their outward appearance, but we must make sure that we pick the right battles in a Christians life.  Is it more important that they look a certain way or that they get over a sexual addiction, or a sinful habit?  In fact God expects them to change. But we should expect them to change how God wants them to change.  Fight the fights that matter not the fights that only change the outward appearance.  Only focusing on the outward man produces rebellion in the inward man.

So what can we learn for Duck Dynasty…simple, if we can accept them and say they are spiritual, then what can this teach us about those who are around us all the time at our churches?  Well show them love, the Bible, and biblical principles and allow the Lord to change them!  Quit focusing on the outward appearance and focus on the things that have eternal value!

P.S.  By the way a beard in Scripture was a sign of manliness!

2 Samuel 10:4-14

So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.”

When the Ammonites saw that they had become a stench to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob, 12,000 men. And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the gate, and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the open country.

When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. 10 The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. 11 And he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12 Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.” 13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to battle against the Syrians, and they fled before him. 14 And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem.

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Why Video Games are Destroying Society: A part of the Destruction of the Christian Culture I can tell you now that I will have many friends and former youth group members, that I was their youth pastor, that will not be happy about this post.  I am sure as soon as they see the title they are rolling their eyes or are angry from me posting this. But as we move on with society, I can see that this era of video games will end up being part of the destruction of our Christian society. I will tell you right now that many of these people who are angry, will probably pull up Google and type in the search bar, “the benefits of playing video games.”  Now before you do that, may I suggest to you that this is not about physical health or mental health.  There has been many studies that are posted all over the internet about these issues.  This is not about the camaraderie that these gamers may feel with each other.  This not about your gang or clan or community that one may be a part of.  This is also not entirely about violence or the sexual content in games. This at first may seem like something that is rather trivial and trite.  This may be something that someone may think that I am trying to push my personal agenda or that I am trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill.  Some may even think that this may be something like the movie theater debate that has gone on for the last 100 years.  “Show me the proof from God’s Word that gaming is wrong!”  But this is much farther than that I believe.  This not a small battle about something that at the end of the day has no validity. May I first say, that I am not anti-gaming.  I do think they have a time and a place. However, everything has to be in balance.  I think this digs much deeper that just whether or not our society plays video games.  Ultimately it is about how video games and the video gaming community is and will be detrimental to the health of the church and of the Christian society. This actually causes two problems within Christianity.  The first is that it will be part of the destruction of the Christian culture.  The second being that this is an unreached community of people, that the church is going to have a hard time reaching.  These two problems can cause major problems and I believe in epic proportions.   Now you may read that and laugh, but let me help you understand where I am coming from. This gaming community has largely become a rather introverted community.  This community can play for hours upon hours at a time, locked away in the rooms, offices, and basements playing these video games of all sorts.  They are constantly thinking of video games.  And now with the advancement of technology they can take video games with them anywhere and everywhere they go.  They spend hours upon hours trying to rank up, get to the next level, beat the final boss, and trying to get the latest feature.  If they are part of the smart phone market they are even spending money to help them make these advancements through the games that they are playing. This introverted mentality is sweeping the nation and sweeping the earth.  The video gaming industry racks in well over 41 Billion dollars annually globally.  What is scary about this is who this is influencing.  This market you would think would be sweeping into our teens and children.  However, the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) has completely different statistics.

  • 67% of all households play video games
  • 49% of those who play games are between the ages of 18-49
  • 25% were under 18
  • 26% were over 50

I am not sure if those number shock you, but they should.  If you notice the number of the least amount of players is actually the teenage!  Most video game players are those who are classified as adults by ALL scenarios.  Why does this pose such a threat to Christianity?  Have you ever heard of the thought that the Young Marrieds and College and Career show a healthy church?  As a church planter, I can tell you this indeed is true!  Young People attract all people when it comes to church. If a church has young people in it, that typically tells the rest of the area, that this church is culturally relevant.  For more reading on culturally relevant please click HERE. Personally I am scared because of these frightening statistics. “The National Center for Health Marketing at the Centers for Disease Control was the strong correlation between regular gaming and internet use, and increased risk for depression, higher body mass index (BMI), and other negative physical and mental health issues. Women who regularly played video games had both higher levels of depression and lower overall health status compared with women who didn’t play, and men who concentrated time on the console were more likely to have elevated BMI and report more time spent on the internet than men who weren’t gamers. Overall there were more male than female video game devotees (55.9% of those who reported playing regularly in this survey were men), but for both men and women, regular gaming was strongly correlated with a higher dependence on the internet for social interaction.” The last phrase of the previous quote scares me, it says that the gamers had a higher dependance on the internet for social interaction.  According to a survey conducted by video game price comparison site, gamers age 18 – 40 may end up dedicating almost two years of their lives playing video games. The company conducted a survey of 1,452 of its members, asking a variety of questions about their gaming habits. The survey found that the average gamer will spend about 1.8 years of their life playing games on various platforms. What this is doing to the Christian community is that instead of driving them out of their four walls of their home, it is driving them farther and farther inside and for more and more time.  I know this may seem small, but in the great cause that Christ has called us, this could be catastrophic. You may think that is over the top or exaggerating.  But as a Christians we must consider our greatest purpose.  If our time is consumed with beating the next boss, or leveling up and we forget the Gospel, what have we become?  If our churches are filled with video game minds rather than the minds of Christ, where will this lead us?  These gamers are the next leaders of our church?  These gamers are the next generation of “God Fearing” Christians? The gamers are the next group of missionaries?  These gamers are the next Spurgeons, Carmichels, Elliots of our time. I fear that this issue needs to be taken into consideration for massive action. Personally I have been concerned with the leadership of our church for years.  Many of the leaders have a hard time describing why they believe what they believe.  If this is the case now, what about the leaders that will be hereafter?  God has called us to be studiers of His Word, to be instant in season, out of season!  Always ready at a moments notice to defend, preach, and teach the Word of God.  He also teaches us to redeem the time because the days are evil.  The Lord’s return is immanent.  Should we waste our minds and time with such frivolous things?  A balanced approach is in order!  A vision of the spreading of the Gospel is in order!  And a mindset of renewing our minds with the Word of God is an absolute! This does bring us to the second problem. And to be honest. It is a problem that I do not know how to effectively solve!  It is a problem of reaching the Lost world who has introverted themselves in their basements playing video games.  How do we effectively reach these people for Christ?  There is an estimated 70% of the worlds population that plays video games!  This proposes a conundrum for us as Believers!  How do we effectively spread the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth…literally defined, the basement? We could:

  • Get more involved in the gaming community
  • Start Christian Clans and gaming communities
  • Create GREAT Christian games
  • Start Boycotting the gaming market

Obviously, some of the above suggestions are silly and ridiculous.  All the suggestions above have some issues that would actually make us spend MORE time in the world of gaming rather than limiting us.  If 70% of the world is gaming, than this is something that I really believe should be something that we as Believers consider.  How do we effectively reach the gaming world, without completely wasting our time as Believers? Truly at the end of the day, this may not seem like something that big right now.  But if the trend is going the way it looks like it will be going, this could be a devastating issue for the church, for outreach, and ultimately for the Gospel’s sake.

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Our Midweek Children’s Programs


We wanted to take some time to spotlight our midweek children’s program.  Every week on Wednesday nights we have a in-home children’s program, while our adults and college and career have their bible studies in home.  The location is at the same house for easy use of both the adults and children’s bible study to be together.

The focus of our children’s program is to teach them about the major doctrines of Scripture while having fun doing so.  We also teach them Bible memorization and practical application for their lives at their age.  Although we think the Bible stories are important we go a little bit deeper to better help them understand the deeper meaning of the Bible stories. We have the Kids 4 Truth program for ages 4 years to 5th grade.  Our 6th graders are part of our youth ministries that you can read more about here at

We meet every week at 7PM on Wednesday. Our children’s program is called Kids 4 Truth.  It is very much like AWANA.  You can find out more information at

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Sitting in the Pew


I was recently in a conversation with someone who’s church is getting ready to close their doors.  It is rather a sad situation and some rather bizarre situations as well.  They have around 150 people still attending the church.  As we were talking about church and what the purpose of the church was, I asked him the question what were the visions and goals of the church.  Much to his anguish, he did not really know.  I asked him what the church was actively doing to reach souls for Christ.  He said our outreach is inside the church.

This is the exact idea that is getting the church in trouble today.  This is developing the consumer mentality and not the biblical mission that we are called by God. Although the phrase, “to be in the world but not of it” is never in Scripture it is definitely a biblical principle.  How can we expect the unsaved world to want to come to church?  How can we expect as Christians to have an “outreach” when we are still inside of the church?

Scripture is very clear when it says…go!  Not stay, not sit in your pew, not be complacent in your church, but to GO!  In other words get up, and reach out!  Find people that need the Lord.  It is an easy thing to do, because they are everywhere.  Go into all the world and find souls.  Too often we enjoy sitting in the pew rather being active in our life for Christ.  We often sit in our house rather than actively looking to find men.  We are more involved in our church programs, church activities, and church projects to forget why we are here!  The church WILL not grow from the inside out. It will only grow from the outside in.

Christianity is an active lifestyle, not a dormant, comfortable, complacent lifestyle.  To truly reach the world we have to be in the world.  We have to go beyond our walls to get to them.  No matter how awesome your programs are or advertising is, developing a genuine relationship with people outside of church is key.  As Scripture teaches us to go into the world, it also teaches us to disciple them.  Discipleship does not start at the point of Salvation, but actually before a person ever receives the Lord as his Savior.  See we are teaching those people from the very beginning what it is to be like Christ. We are teaching them to duplicate Christ.  You are the one they will be duplicating.  Living for the Lord is a great testimony that people will look after, but if they do not see a difference in your life, then you will teach them to live the same.

So how are you discipling the world?  Who are you trying to duplicate towards Christ?  Not to say that there are not people you will not be discipling in the church, but reaching beyond the walls is where true discipleship begins.  Sitting in our pews, gives us this sense of comfort.  It is a place that we do not have to confront our fears of true outreach.  So we produce programs and activities justifying this to be our outreach, when all we are doing is really producing complacent Christianity.

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