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You may be overflowing with vision for your ministry, but there is a point where you have to stop thinking about it and talking about it, and instead, start doing something about it—moving your vision toward a tangible reality. I’ve met thousands of pastors with incredible vision for ministry in their community, but sadly they never got past the thinking stage.
What good is a vision when it stays stuck in your head? Or if it languishes in the “talk stage” and never launches into the sea of faithful action? The vision behind Saddleback Church would be nothing more than that—a vision—without the steps of faith taken to plant, and then grow, the church.
God - Leaps - Faith - Steps - Faith
God rarely asks you to take leaps of faith; rather, he encourages you to take small steps that grow larger as your faith grows larger.
But you’ve got to take the first step to get to all the other steps!
Opening - Chapters - Joshua - Israelites - Jordan
In the opening chapters of Joshua, the Israelites faced a faith-step: They stood just across the Jordan River from the Promised Land, a vision of home burned into their hearts during 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Their new leader, Joshua, instructed them to prepare to cross the river. It was time to take the plunge—literally.
The Jordan is not a very big river—it’s only about 100 feet wide and 20 feet deep—except in flood season. Can you guess when God wanted the Israelites to cross the river? It was just as the spring weather was melting snow off the mountains, turning the Jordan into a giant, rushing, torrential, dangerous river.
God - Moment - Crossing
God put them there in a moment when the crossing seemed impossible!
The nation’s spiritual leaders began to walk into the water. And God did a miracle, damming the water about 17 miles upstream. The waters receded, and the Israelites crossed...
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