Friday, December 26, 2008

Does our community need another church?

I just wanted to continue my series of posts which will attempt to address some of the Frequently Asked Questions concerning Live Wire.  Today's question: Does our community need another church?
The birth of Live Wire has little to do with whether Jennifer and I think there needs to be another church in Southern Indiana.  I guess it's worth mentioning that it has little to do with whether any other human being thinks  there needs to be another church in Southern Indiana. That may sound harsh, but it's the truth.  Live Wire is certainly not the answer to the latest demographic study. In fact, we tried not to allow human assessment and analysis to enter the equation (ours or anyone else's).  Our decision to plant a new church in Palmyra simply boiled down to Jennifer and I attempting to be obedient to what we believe the Lord told us to do.

Last fall we came to the Lord empty-handed and asked the Lord what He would have us to do. We were willing to go anywhere and do anything. We even made some suggestions...most of which never made the cut:)  The more we sought the Lord, the more He confirmed that He wanted us to start a new work in Indiana.   Eventually, convinced of His leading, we said, "Yes and amen!" Bottom line...we are counting on the fact that God knows things we don't necessarily know and He can see things which we cannot see.  Live Wire will be a success, not because Palmyra was starving for another church, but because it was birthed out of obedience to the will of God. 

Because of the many obvious questions and concerns that we had, and we knew others would have, we felt led to detail how we came to this decision.  It must be said that we feel that the Lord continually pointed us in this direction and continually led us toward this new ministry. God confirmed it over and over and over again in a wide variety of ways.  We understand that not only is there a strong possibility that many people may never fully understand all of this, but we may very well come face to face with some strong voices of opposition.  However, in love, Jennifer and I feel the need to politely, yet emphatically, state that we do not cater to the polls of popular opinion or wish to allow the fear of man to sway us from what we believe God has called us to do.   We strive to love everyone, but, ultimately, we answer to God.

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