This past week we had a wonderful discussion on the nature of Flourish. As a critical portion of the revised vision statement, We invested a few moments to talk about the benefits of using “flourish” instead of “multiplication”. I wont list all the reasons, but the short answer is, Flourish better helps us understand the impact of the Gospel on the Whole Man.

Here is the revised vision statement. To be a Grace Centered, Outward-Facing Church with a Passion to see Christ Kingdom Flourish in the City and Surrounding Region. After a brief introductory discussion, we watched the following video to begin the conversation on flourishing.

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After considering the last line of the video “When we figure out what we are made for, that’s when we truly flourish.” The group was asked “What Does it mean for the Kingdom of God to flourish?” Here are some of the responses.

  • Discovering gifts and opportunities to use those gifts
  • Humility
  • Enjoyment of Work/Calling
  • We then read Ezekiel 47 and looked at the potential blessing Christian flourishing can have on ALL of creation.
    [x_blockquote cite=”Ezekiel 47 1-9″ type=”left”]Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. 2 Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side. 3 Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. 4 Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. 5 Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. 6 And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8 And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh 9 And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.[/x_blockquote]

    Then we asked – “How Do Risk and Flourish work together?” This was difficult question. We did not create a long list. Instead we discussed the inevitability of pain and its connection to spiritual growth. If we think of Flourishing as a gift, then we observed the counterintuitive path being personal loss.

    unfortunately we ran out of time and could only give a passing glance at Matthew 25 and the parable of the talents. However, our final discussion was powerful. We asked “If we desire to Flourish where we (Live Work and Play) L.W.P. What are some gospel risk we can take?” Here are the responses.

  • Be truly vulnerable with your associations (friends, neighbors, family, etc..)
  • Let people know who you are
  • Take risk that are beyond our control (lean not on your own understanding)
  • This is just an overview of our time together.

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