One of my tasks as Lead Pastor at Northstar is is to clarify who we are as a church and what God has called us to do. Our identity, our DNA, is very clear. To help the world find and follow Jesus. At Northstar we realize we are the stewards of the greatest hope that mankind has ever known. We want to see Acts 4:20 become a reality in our church just as it was in the early church: “we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20.
The Acts Church was amazing. People are being saved by the thousands and Jesus Christ is being proclaimed. Peter and John had been used of the Lord to heal a beggar. The Jews who were in the Temple when this occurred were amazed. (Acts 3:1-11) Peter used their amazement over the miracle as an opportunity to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. ( Acts 3:12-26)
Peter and John were convinced, and declared that “there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus is the message. Jesus is the gospel. And we are convinced that He is the One people so desperately need to hear about.
Peter and John believed that because they had experienced Jesus personally. Jesus was so real to them that they couldn’t stop talking about Him. And if He’s that real to us, if we truly love Him, then nothing will stop us from helping the world find and follow Jesus.
When Peter and John were released from prison and returned to their friends, the Bible says, “When they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). We’re praying for God to fill us with His Spirit so that we unashamedly share the gospel with boldness just like those in Acts 4.
These are exciting times at Northstar. God continues to bless us as a church. As we move forward my prayer is that we never lose sight of the following goals and outcomes:
- That every person in our church possess a love and compassion for those far from the heart of God, a sense of urgency because every person matters to God and a delight at seeing people come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
- To create an inviting culture in our church, where members invite people to church.
- That every person in our church develop a relationship with a non-Christian with the hope of sharing the gospel with that person.
- To celebrate the stories of people coming to Christ.