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In his book, Planting Missional Churches, Ed Stetzer says that when a church purposes at its heart to be missional, "they take Jesus' commands to go into all the world and make disciples as marching orders to plant seeds of prayer, love, kindness, good deeds, and witness in all the circles where God allows them to roam free: home, work, neighborhood, social circles, kid's school, and sports teams, etc..... A missional church does not create sanctified spaces into which unbelievers must come to encounter the gospel - rather the missional church disassembles itself and seeps into the cracks and crevices of a society in order to be Christ to those who don't yet know Him..."
Hopesprings was born out of prayer and the passion to be a community of faith that lives out the truth that the church was not created for itself, to remain inward-focused, but to worship God, and to spread His love to others.
We have this dream of being a church that is known for its kindness and generosity to others. What set the early Christians apart and fueled the growth of the church was their just and merciful living. They were passionately in love with Jesus Christ and this passion overflowed into everything they did. The people around them took notice as they cared for the orphans and widows.
This love of justice, mercy, and kindness is Christian spiritual formation with feet - and it is the heartbeat of Hopespsrings. Under God's direction, we will learn to seep into the cracks and crevices of our neighborhoods to be Jesus with skin on, the body of Christ, to those around us.
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