As Christians, we are wholly dependent upon God. Accordingly, all that we do will be rooted in prayer. Our Lord was man of prayer (Luke 5:16). It characterized his ministry. It will characterize ours. It has been said, “When man works, man works. When man prays, God works.” May our work be the work of prayer that God may go before us and we follow Him (Numbers 10:33).
We want to be a people who have the good news of the free grace of Jesus Christ bursting forth from our lips and hearts, spilling out onto everyone we meet (John 7:37-38). We want, like our Savior, to be a people of proclamation, especially to the poor and humble, the downcast and “shattered of heart” (Isaiah 61:1). Jesus came for such as these (Luke 19:10, Mark 2:17, 1 Timothy 1:15).
Sojourn’s strategy for church growth is simple: start a parish, multiply the parish(es) into a church, and repeat. Of course, God does this. But He uses strategies, and this is ours. We believe it is a biblical and effective way to fulfill the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20), a commission that is given expression in the book of Acts. This book, as it happens, is essentially a book on church-planting. What is God’s Holy Spirit-endorsed blueprint for kingdom advance (i.e. the book of Acts)? It is preaching the gospel (Acts 1-8) and planting churches (Acts 9-28). This is what we want to be about.
The prophet Micah tells us what is good and what God requires of us, and he boils it down to three things. The first is to do justice, and the second is to love mercy. We think they are important because God does; so we want to spend ourselves and our resources on doing justice and mercy rather than on facilities or programs. Instead of recreating the wheel, we will partner with ministries doing justice and extending the mercy of God in Houston and around the world.