The Church of My Dream (author unknown)
It is a church with a warm heart, an open mind and an adventurous spirit.
It is a church that cares, that heals hurt lives and helps old people.
It is a church that challenges youth to serve God,
knows no division of culture or class and has no frontiers,
Geographical or social.
It is a church that inquires as well as answers, that looks forward as well as backward.
It is a church of the Master and of the people, high as the ideals of Jesus, low as the humblest human.
It is a working church, a worshipping church, a winsome church.
It is a church that interprets the truth in terms of Jesus.
It is a church that inspires courage for this life and hope for the life to come.
It is a church of good people, the church of the living God.
This is an exciting time for the church at Youngsport. We have the opportunity and the ability to create a very special environment, and to grow the church to the glory of our God, Lord and Savior.
What will it take?
1. Total Commitment to Christ
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
“Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)
2. Value the Truth
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
“More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” (Psalm 19:10)
“Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
3. Pursue Peace and Holiness
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18)
“Be holy, for I am holy” ( 1 Peter 1:16)
4. Active Faith
“Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17)
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
“The people had a mind to work.” (Nehemiah 4:6)
“By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8)
6. Concern For One Another
“Warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
“If a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.” (Galatians 6:1)
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
“Whoever has this world`s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does God`s love abide in him?” (1 John 3:17)
7. Liberal Giving
“He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
“Imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints… they first gave themselves to the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 8:4-5)
“My house shall be called a house of prayer.” (Matthew 21:13)
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
“they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42)
9. Can-do attitude
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7)
“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will be moved; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20)
10. Enduring Spirit
“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)
“Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10)
May we work together to His glory!