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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide: The Dream of God by Jason Edwards

The Dream of God

by Jason Edwards

 Genesis 31:11:  The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’   

I have this series of images running through my mind: 

  • Watching my son Jackson moving dirt alongside Blane Baker while on mission in South Dakota.
  • Being prompted in worship by the beaming faces and joy-filled voices of a 2BC children’s choir.  
  • Observing your enthusiasm while many of you have shared stories with me about how God has impacted you not only through worship, learning, and   service in the past two years, but by your sacrificial choices to give to God through our Catalyst plan. 
  • Learning about how Community Groups and Stephen Minsters have changed and strengthened the lives and the faith of specific people in our church.  
  • Seeing light bulbs of understanding coming on in the minds of friends across the generational spectrum as we learned from Diana Butler Bass at our all   church retreat. 
  • Listening to friends like Luke Zahnd and Cathy Baker name what God was teaching them as we served among marginalized people in Northern Thailand.     

This is only a snapshot of the images that parade through my mind as my eyes run across each line item in our Catalyst ministry plan. As your pastor, my access to your stories and experiences make it easy for each planned dollar to pop off the page as an expression of service, worship, growth, compassion or transformation. When I see the plan, I see lives encouraged, changed, supported, and served for Christ’s sake. My hope is that you will too. As you read through the stories in this book, may they inspire, challenge and encourage you. And may they serve as a reminder that at Second Baptist, a budget is never really about dollars and cents. It’s about the Dream of God, and how we plan to participate with it in real life, among real people, with real intentionality.   

How will you plan to participate in the dreams of God coming true in the days ahead? Will you use this book as a resource for your plans and prayers this month? 

Will you ask God today to help you notice every opportunity God is giving you to give your life to the good work of God in this world? 

Posted by Terri Soper at 10:30 PM
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