21 Days of Prayer & Praise

Since 2018, we’ve set aside 21 days in November for prayer and praise. Each year, we host special gatherings, offer daily encouragement, and provide resources for you to pray. This year, we plan to connect online and in person to pray for God to move among us. Here’s how you can join in: 

Since we are walking through a season of transition, each week-day on our social media platforms, a church member will pray through a Psalm of Ascent (Psalms120-134). Scholars believe that these psalms were sung by worshippers as they ascended the road to Jerusalem to attend the three pilgrim festivals.  We’ll pray them as we journey together, following God into the future. 

Secondly, you are encouraged to spend time in the morning, afternoon, and evening in prayer. You’ll find below prayer prompts and Scriptures designed to focus our attention during your daily prayers:

Finally, please join us on 11/7 and 11/14 from 5-6 pm at FBC-SH for prayer and praise. These gatherings will include childcare for children in kindergarten and younger. We look forward to seeing how God will move during this season of prayer and praise. 

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21 Days of Prayer & Praise

If you are a Christian, you have been called to pray (Colossians 4:2, Ephesians 6:18). Over and over again, we read in the Bible about Jesus praying to his Father in Heaven. Just as he communicated with his Father through prayer, so can you. And as prayer becomes a larger part of your life:

  • You will find yourself less focused on yourself, and more focused on Jesus. 
  • Your temptations and fear will give way to dependence on God and confidence in him. 
  • You will begin to discern God’s will and calling in your life. 
  • It will be your weapon when you are drawn into spiritual battles. 

Our power to affect change in this world begins with prayer. Beyond yourself, when you pray, you build and strengthen bonds with other believers. Therefore, from 11/1– 11/21, we will come together for 21 days of prayer and praise. I hope God will meet you in a meaningful and memorable way. As a result, we pray that our church and where we live, work, and play will be transformed. 

Heres’ what to expect for our 21 Days of Prayer & Praise:

  • The King’s Agenda: Everyone in the church will receive a daily devotional exploring the commands of Jesus to inform our prayer and praise. 
  • Daily Encouragement: Each day on our social media platforms, you’ll receive encouragement from God’s Word and prayers from our members.  
  • City Group Prayer Emphasis: For the City Group meetings that occur during this time, we’ll ask for a special time of prayer regarding our church and her mission. 
  • Night of Prayer & Praise: On 11/11, we’ll gather in person for prayer and praise at 7 pm at the First Baptist Church of Saftey Harbor located at 525 14th Ave S, Safety Harbor, FL 34695.
  • Worship Concert: On 11/22, for our Sunday gathering, we’ll partake in a special concert focused on Romans and led by Pastor Brent. 
  • Testimony Service: On 11/29, we’ll orchestrate a time in our Sunday gathering to share what God did through our season of prayer.

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Reading Scripture: Week 5

Week 5 of reading through the Gospel of Matthew kicks off today! Just click below to download the PDF for our reading this week

If you missed the first three weeks, check out these links: 

Pastor Brent created music with the theme of God’s Kingdom for us to enjoy. You’ll find Brent’s music both encouraging and God-exalting. If you enjoy listening to music during your Bible reading, make sure to stream Brent’s music and along with the Bay Cities Fellowship Spotify playlist. You can subscribe to his channel on YouTube and you can also find Brent’s music on Spotify.

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Reading Scripture: Week 4

Week 4 of reading through the Gospel of Matthew kicks off today! Just click below to download the PDF for our reading this week.

If you missed the first three weeks, check out these links: 

Pastor Brent created music with the theme of God’s Kingdom for us to enjoy. You’ll find Brent’s music both encouraging and God-exalting. If you enjoy listening to music during your Bible reading, make sure to stream Brent’s music and along with the Bay Cities Fellowship Spotify playlist. You can subscribe to his channel on YouTube and you can also find Brent’s music on Spotify.

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Reading Scripture: Week 3

Week 3 of reading through the Gospel of Matthew kicks off today! Just click below to download the PDF for our reading this week.

If you missed the first two weeks, check out these links:

Also, if you missed this from last week, Pastor Brent created music with the theme of God’s Kingdom for us to enjoy. You’ll find Brent’s music both encouraging and God-exalting. If you enjoy listening to music during your Bible reading, make sure to stream Brent’s music and along with the Bay Cities Fellowship Spotify playlist. You can subscribe to his channel on YouTube and you can also find Brent’s music on Spotify.

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Reading Scripture: Week 2

We are in our second week of reading the Gospel of Matthew together. Please share what you’re learning with someone in person or online too.

Here some helpful links below:

Listen to Pastor Brent’s music on the Kingdom of God

Over the past two years, Pastor Brent has given his time and talents to create music for the Church. From the theme of God’s Kingdom to the Book of Romans, you’ll find Brent’s music encouraging and God-exalting. If you enjoy listening to music during your Bible reading, make sure to stream Brent’s music and our own Bay Cities Fellowship Spotify playlist. You can subscribe to his channel on YouTube and you can also find Brent’s music on Spotify.

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Reading Scripture Together

Over the next five weeks, we plan to read through the Gospel of Matthew. Every Monday through Friday, we’ll dive into Scripture to learn more about Jesus and His Kingdom. Here’s how you can join in: 

  • Follow the reading schedule by downloading the weekly PDF or checking social media for the daily updates. 
  • After your reading, take the time to answer three, simple questions about the text. You’ll find these questions in the PDF and online as well. 
  • Share what you’ve learned and how God has spoken to you with someone in person or online. 

Feel free to use any other reading or listening preference to dive deeper into Matthew. Just make sure to share with others how God speaks to you through His Word during your reading. We are better together, especially in community around the Word of God. 

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Full Hearts. Open Hands. Changed Lives

Access 2020 Ministry Plan

As we enter into our third year as a church, our vision to see the gospel reach every street where we live, work, and play still compels us. This vision calls us to delight in, display, and declare the good news of Jesus Christ where we live, work, and play. 

In Titus 3:4-5, Paul calls us to remember not only our past “foolish,” and “disobedient” ways but also how God “saved us…according to his own mercy.” Paul then urges us to “insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are “excellent and profitable” for people inside and outside the church. Paul longs for a church gripped, filled, and transformed by Jesus Christ, so that they can participate in the transformation of others.

Listen To Ken’s Presentation

In this document, you’ll see an overview of our plan to to produce a people devoted to these “good works.” We want to be a church with full hearts and open hands equipped to change lives. Even though our Ministry Plan is far from comprehensive, we hope that as you look though these materials, you’ll possess a greater understanding of the steps you can take to be “profitable” this year. 

Here’s what you can expect: 

  • Our objectives for 2020 and their expected returns 
  • The financial plan for 2020 An overview and summary of the 2020 financial plan
  • Tools and resources for preparation
  • personal plan for your participation

Learn How You Can Join In! 

As you interact with this resource, please make time for prayer to consider God’s calling on you for 2020. Your obedience may lead to eternal change in the lives of those where you live, work, and play. Please call me at 813.551.2735 or email me at with questions or concerns about your role in fulfilling our 2020 Ministry Plan. 

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More Gospel In Our Lives

Our mission statements reads that “we exist to reach every street with the good news of Jesus Christ.” We’ve put in a place a collective strategy to gather, grow, and go so that we will experience this reality. However, as we worked at gathering effectively, I’ve assumed growth. Specifically, I’ve assumed that gathering would naturally lead to growing then going and repeat.In doing this, I’ve assumed the gospel. I’ve assumed that we are personally and collectively saturated with the good news of Jesus Christ.

So, for 2018, we need more gospel in our lives. As a result of this realization, I want to begin with one, life-changing reason why we need more gospel this year:

The Gospel Gives Us God Directly (3a)

How do we get God directly?

As Paul relays the message he received, we find that it begins with the “Christ.” To us, we’ve just associated this title as the full name for Jesus —Jesus Christ. “Christ” is so common today that it’s even included with “Jesus” as curse word.  However, even though “Christ” may be familiar to us, I’m not sure we understand the significance of this title. “Christ,” technically refers to the fulfiller of Israelite expectation of a deliverer, the Anointed One, the Messiah (BDAG).

We see this written by Luke in Luke 2:26—And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

We see this affirmed by Peter in Matthew 16:16—Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

We see this preached by Peter in Acts 2:36—Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

We see this forecasted by John in Revelation 11:15—Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.

These texts not only demonstrate that Jesus is the Messiah but also reveal God’s intention to give us Himself directly. The very title provided for Jesus, “Christ,” reflects the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 as confirmed in Matthew 1:2: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).


Let’s pause for a moment to consider the possibilities of have access to God directly

When I think of a picture of what would this look like, I think about how my son Nolan lives. He carries himself like he’s got power to dictate his circumstances. Matter of fact, he loves Star Wars so much, that he even thinks he possesses the power to use the force. Even though Nolan’s power to live independently is limited, he possesses (at least for him) a great resource: direct access to Megan and me. Listen to what this direct access provides him: food and drink whenever he wants it, medicine when he’s sick, a home to rest in, toys to enjoy, clothes for his body, his blanky, and most of all, parents who would do anything for him. Do you think it’s a coincidence that God is called our Father?! Through the Gospel, we have access to God directly.However, through the gospel, we also get access to God eternally 

The Gospel Gives Us God Eternally (3b-8)

How do we get God eternally?

Notice that immediately following the title “Christ,” Paul describes what Christ has done. Paul identifies how the Christ…

  1. Died for our sins (3b)—died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures
  2. Rose from the grave (4)—that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures
  3. Appeared to witnesses (5-8)—and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

Why is the gospel—the dying, rising, and appearing of Jesus—so critical to accessing God eternally?

You see, The gospel IS our pathway to eternal life

The Person of the Gospel

John 14:6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus is the center of the gospel. Access to God comes by Him. Hence, Jesus gives a prescription for this direct, eternal access…

The Prescription of the Gospel

John 5:24—Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

We are believing in the words and ways of God. Meaning,  the content of our belief is so important. We don’t experience eternal access to God through a mere acknowledgment of deity. We gain access to God eternally by believing in Jesus as the only way, our Lord, and our Savior. That Jesus is the only one who can forgive us of our sins as we turn to Him exclusively to save us.

Then, we will ultimately enjoy…

The Promise of the Gospel

Romans 10:9-13if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

What are appropriate responses now to a benefit that we will enjoy fully in the future?

  • Anticipation for the future: Ephesians 2:5-7–even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
  • Dedication in the present: Acts 5:42—And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.

How does a future promise alter our present state?

We live in this tension all the time

    • The Weekend—I can handle the nonsense of Monday because I know Friday’s comings
    • Wedding Day Diet—I can say no to this sweet because I know I need to look good in that dress
    • Financial Incentives @ Work—I can make all these cold calls because I know there’s a financial incentive if I do
    • Timeshare Promos—I can sit through this drawn-out sales pitch because I know there’s a Disney ticket or a 3 day/2 night stay for free

There’s one common thread in all of these scenarios: the promise in the future affects the outlook in the present. Consider this with me: The gospel provides you with access to God directly and eternally. If you are Christian, you are promised now direct, enteral access to God forever. YOU GET GOD! This is a benefit exclusive to Christians yet available to all. How deeply, richly are you taking advantage of getting God directly and eternally?


For the start of 2018, I want to lead us collectively in a plan to take advantage of direct access to God. I want us to grow by having more gospel in our lives.

You see, God has a plan. Notice back in 1 Corinthians 15 how these actions of Jesus were all “in accordance with Scripture.” God set forth a plan before the world created (Ephesians 1:4) that lead to Jesus dying, rising, and appearing. For us to access God, He created a plan.

Thus, I also believe for us to access God, We need a plan as well. Also, if we don’t have a plant to grow than we certainly won’t have a desire to “go.”  We can’t saturate the area with the gospel if we aren’t saturated ourselves.

So what is our plan to give your more gospel in 2018?

Our Plan For More Gospel in 2018

Our plan for more gospel to start 2018 involves three steps:

To celebrate how God is working (in our church, in our cities, and around the world)

What does this look like:

  1. Creating and sharing content inspired by our worship gatherings
    1. Articles
    2. Videos
  2. Establishing partnerships with like-minded churches and organizations, local and globally
    1. Praying for their health
    2. Working for the Kingdom

To develop resources and groups

What does this look like:

  1. Offering Bible Reading Plans
    1. Weekly and monthly opportunities
    2. Accessible online
  2. Planning New Growth Groups
    1. A scope designed to equip you (meaningful)
    2. A sequence designed to engage you (accessible)
  3. Empowered City Groups
    1. Using our regular gatherings for “us”
    2. Creating regular opportunities to “go”
      1. Park Initiatives
      2. Adopting Classes
      3. Specific Group Opportunities

To expect growth from God

What does this look like:

  1. Highlighting the power of the gospel in our teaching series (Romans 1:16)
      1. Gospel Identity and Gospel Activity (Ephesians Series)
      2. Gospel Fruit (Messages based on Galatians 5 “Fruit of the Spirit”)
      3. Gospel Culture (Messages based on our four core values)
  2. Accessing the power of the gospel through prayer
    1. Prayer Season
    2. Prayer Initiatives

Prayer of Paul—Ephesians 1:16-19

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might

As we celebrate how God is working, develop new resources and groups, and expect growth from God, I believe we will grow. These collective initiatives will be rolled out over the next few weeks.

For now, here’s how you can join in:

  1. Sign up for one of our Bible reading plans
  2. Serve at our gatherings (for “all” of us to enjoy the gospel more, we need “more” people to serve)
  3. Join a City Group or an upcoming Growth Group
  4. Begin Praying

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The Promise of Jesus

I love Zaxbys. Not necessarily because I love their chicken, or their sandwiches, or their sweet tea, yet all of which I like. You see, I love Zaxbys for their Zax sauce. They have the secret sauce that draws me in.  For me, there’s no Zaxbys without the sauce.

In our scenario, there’s no plan of God without the promise of Jesus. For the plan of God to exist there must be the promise of Jesus. Specifically, The promise of Jesus includes the solution for our sin, a means for our mission,  and a hope for a home.

A Solution for our Sin

For God to possesses a chosen people, Jesus provides a solution for sin.

A Prophecy (Genesis 3:15)

14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Last week, we addressed how God made us as image-bearers. He made us like to Him not only to fulfill certain responsibilities on earth but also to relate to Him. Unfortunately, through Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve, the sinless creation of God is introduced to sin. However, in this dark moment when all hope seems lost, God delivers a prophecy to create a bright future. While detailing the punishment to Satan for what he’s done, God shares a metaphor to reveal the solution for our sin. He tells Satan the offspring of Adam and Even will bruise his head even though he would bruise his heel. At first glance, this may appear to reference how the snake now is flat on his belly. However, Paul in Romans 16:20 further clarifies this prophecy by stating “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”

Essentially, albeit cryptic, we find early on in the Plan of God that He has a solution for our sin: an offspring of Adam and Eve will come and destroy Satan and remove sin altogether.

As helpful and as hopeful this prophecy may be, God doesn’t leave us hanging on a cryptic word. Actually, we gain great clarity on how God will provide a solution for our sin by a picture that Jesus gives.

A Picture (John 3:9-15)

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

In this classic conversation between Jesus and the Jewish ruler, Nicodemus, we see a picture of the solution for our sin. Jesus makes reference to Moses holding up a serpent in the wilderness and then likens that picture to himself. Let’s quickly address this story of Moses from Numbers 21:4-9:

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

Jesus uses this OT example to portray what will happen in His life to account for our sin. The picture is rather grave. Sinful, unthankful people are dying on account of vicious serpents. The way these people live is by looking at a raised serpent on a pole.  Their look is not what saves them, nor the actual object. Their obedient faith provides a pathway for healing. Jesus then points out through this picture that those who look to Him, raised up on a cross to provide healing, will also be saved.

The prophecy and picture all point to the prescription regarding the solution to our sin. We know that Jesus will take care of sin and we’ve seen a picture of what that will look like. Now, in 1 John 1, we’re prescribed a method to respond to our sinful state.

A Prescription (1 John 1:9-2:2)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

John demonstrates the means for experiencing the solution for our sin: confession. He tells us that in our confession of sin, we can have hope beaus God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. The two key words here are faithful and just. These words convey not only that God will but also that God can provide a solution for our sin. “How is this the case” you may ask? Let me draw your attention to verse 1 of chapter 2. For those who sin, we have an advocate, one is our helper, intercessor, appearing in our behalf. Jesus, the sinless one, provides the ultimate solution for your sin.  He is your propitiation. the instrument to appease your sin before God.

For God to possesses a chosen people, He must provide a means to solve the problem of sin. The whole plan of God revolves around making a way for Him to enjoy a relationship with His chosen people. So, to address this major component of God’s plan, the Father sends the Son to solve the problem of sin.

As move into the second component of the Plan of God, we again find Jesus playing a central role in equipping God’s chosen people for their divine purpose. Specifically, Jesus creates a means for the mission.

A Means for the Mission

For God’s chosen people to embrace their divine purpose, Jesus creates a means for the mission.

A Foreshadow (John 16:5-11)

God’s chosen people have always had a divine purpose. We saw this last week that in the Garden, part of this mission is unfolded. As the story of Scripture progresses, we find the expansion of this divine purpose as it relates to the Kingdom of God. In light of this divine purpose, Jesu foreshadows to His followers His means for their mission.

But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Jesus delivers troubling news to His followers: He’s leaving. Losing someone you love is never easy.

Having a mentor you love transition out of your life is never easy. Yet, look what Jesus says: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you

Here we find this foreshadowing of Jesus’ departure and the arrival of the Helper offering something better than the physical presence of Jesus on this earth. Interestingly, a keyword that occurs in John 16, referring to the Holy Spirit, also occurred in 1 John 1: Helper. As Jesus functions as the helper to provide a solution for our sin, we now see another Helper who aids God’s chosen people in their divine mission. This Helper who works in tandem with Jesus provides what we need to fulfill our divine purpose: God himself with us.

A Fulfillment (Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 14-21)

The fulfillment of this foreshadowing creates a mighty impact. Notice how this fulfillment unfolds:  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17  “ ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18  even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 19  And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; 20  the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. 21  And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

We see in this passage how the fulfillment promised by Jesus directly helps the chosen people of God fulfill their divine mission. They have the courage and enablement, through their helper in conjunction with the work of Jesus, to tell all the world that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

As we’ve tied the plan of God into the promise of Jesus, we’ve seen how Jesus provides a solution to sin and then creates a means for the mission. Basically, Jesus equips His people to share a message that we all long: we have a home with God. This longing, for a safe, secure home, is within all of us. Why do we send people off to war? Why do we build fences and buy security systems? Why do desire subdivisions with gates and communities with neighborhood patrols? Because deep down in all of us, we long for the safety and security of a stable home. I believe this longing is from God and ultimately, for God.

Think about this, ever since mankind was kicked out of his first home, we’ve longed for that home again and God has promised it to His people. Now we find out how through Jesus we can have a hope for a home.

A Hope for a Home

For God’s chosen people to enjoy their sacred home, Jesus offers a hope for our home

A Promise (John 14:1-4)

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.

Jesus offers us what we all long for: acceptance. There’s something magical when someone tells us “I want you”. Growing up, I remember moments at recess where we’d play kickball and the captains would have to pick teams. We’d all line up and go through the painful process of being chosen one-by-one. When your name was called, you’d feel like you could conquer the world. However, I also remember a moment where I experienced rejection. I thought I found the love of my life, I wrote her a note, and she rejected it. In Jesus’ promise of a home, our excitement isn’t merely over our guaranteed spot. Our excitement centers on the fact that Jesus wants us. Jesus leaves, yet doesn’t leave us empty. The very point of His leaving is to make a home for us because He wants to make everything right again: God’s chosen people in there sacred place.

A Premonition (Revelation 21:1-4)

Just in case the promise of Jesus wasn’t enough, we see a premonition from John regarding this home Jesus prepare for us. 

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Notice how this moment is described. John likens our reception with Jesus in our new home like the reception of a new husband and bride. This place will be where we dwell with God. He will be the One to care for us personally.

I vividly remember the moment I saw Megan for the first time on our wedding day. As much as I appreciated her preparation physically for that moment, I found myself equally attracted to how she prepared herself emotionally and spiritually as well. This woman loves me enough, well before she ever knew me, to prepare diligently for the moment where two would become one. Now, was she perfect? No. Neither was I.

But consider this: Jesus, right now, is preparing for the moment when we will dwell with Him forever.  He’s preparing for the moment when He will embrace you and welcome you Home. He’s preparing for the moment to draw you into His arms, to wipe away your tears and all of your pain, to remind you once again You are His!

John’s premonition of our new home grants us with great comfort. We are assured that Jesus will provide a home for His chosen people. As consider the promise of Jesus, we encounter that He is the Solution for our Sin, He provides the means for our mission, and that He offers a hope for our home.


You see: this is our secret sauce! We have the promise of Jesus. The plan of God gives us the story of scripture but the promise of Jesus shows us how we can be a part of this plan. We cannot fully understand nor participate in the plan of God without the promise of Jesus. Consequently, the promise of Jesus, our secret sauce, not only makes the plan of God come together.

So, How should we respond to the promise of Jesus? Celebrate!

You belong to God’s family. You occupy a divine purpose. You possess an eternal home.

You are accepted, equipped, and endowed with all you could ever need or ever want.

This is why we set out to reach every street: so that people can enjoy these promises. 

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