I reread what I wrote once before – and simply put, there wasn’t enough grace there. And there still isn’t – but with grace in mind, I’ve provided an update.
What sort of people are looking for at FCMC?
We are looking for ordinary people who want to walk with an extraordinary God. We consider ourselves to be pretty ordinary people. We call Jesus Lord, and as Jesus welcomed us so we welcome others. And we find that when we do, it’s a lot of fun. And as Jesus challenges as we seek to follow him, we find that we grow as we challenge one another.
We know God delights to do extraordinary things through ordinary people surrendered to him. Because of that, we try to surrender daily to God and encourage one another to do the same. In that way, we look expectantly for God to do amazing things.
We know Jesus started an extraordinary movement of discipleship and mission and by God’s grace, we were brought into that movement. We are praying that this movement of God is extended right here on the First Coast of Florida, and that God will extend his grace to others around us.
1) We are looking for ordinary people who know they need God, who love Jesus and who earnestly desire to experience God authentically, personally, powerfully, and continually. That’s part of what a surrendered life looks like. We want people who want God more than comfort, safety, and security in the world.
2) We are looking for ordinary people who know they were made for a purpose greater than themselves. We want ordinary people who pray, “Use me, Lord, anyway you can…” when God reveals need to be met or a problem to be addressed. We are looking for ordinary people who love Jesus, who have figured out that praying “Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” it begins with us.
3) We are looking for ordinary people who love Jesus and who know they were made for community and want to follow him with friends, who become like family forged in the fire of mission and discipleship. We want people who want to build communities where ordinary people experience the presence of Christ and express the love of Christ to one another.
We are looking for people who don’t want to just go to church, but who want to be the church – a movement of grace and truth, moving, serving, and loving the world, centered on Jesus. We are looking for ordinary people willing to be surrendered to an extraordinary God.