Thursday, April 2, 2009

People should read this...

Today, I'm working on updating the information that we give out at our Newcomer's Reception at Visio Dei. The first page describes what we are about as a community. Being around the lingo of learner, lover, giver for several years, sometimes it becomes a bit cliche and I forget what is behind our catchy terminology...

But now, reading through these descriptions, I was reenergized and am pumped about what we are about and we are moving towards. None of us have achieved all of this yet, its a journey and a process.
  • If you have been around Visio for a while and need a reminder: READ ON
  • If you are new to Visio: READ ON
  • If you have no connection to our church: READ ON 
I would love to hear thoughts and questions about these statements! 

Welcome to Visio Dei
… seeking and showing the face of God in our community and the world…

As a community, it is our desire to be constantly seeking and showing the face of God in our community and our world. We long to become more like Jesus and to seek out who God truly created us to be. We realize that this does not happen immediately and is probably more of a journey or even as graceful as a dance as we, step by step, figure these things out together.
This could be described in many different ways, and we have chosen to use a few words that have a lot of meaning behind them to help us along the way. As a community becoming more like Christ, we want to be growing as learners, lovers, and givers.

We want to be growing as learners... learners of God's story and our place in it. This does not mean that we need to create a checklist of how we can become smarter than those around us. This simply means that we want to learn more of who our God is and how we got to where we are now. The story of the Bible is one of the most beautiful and captivating stories ever told, and we believe that it offers truth as to who we are and what we were created for. We also believe that we can learn from one another as we are seeking to become more like Jesus together.

We want to be growing as lovers of God, those around us, and His creation (1 Corinthians 13). It is possible, without love, to have all of the things that this world has to offer and still have no peace. We believe that, as we grow in learning the story of God and realize His love for each of us and the world, we will only be able to respond with love.

We want to be growing as givers of all that we have been given. Believing that we have all been uniquely created and gifted, this requires us to not only seek, but pursue our own talents, giftedness, and passions so that we can offer them back to the world. Wrapped up in this is a notion that we are blessed to be a blessing to the world around us (Genesis 12).

No comments: