On Saturday evening, March 4, 2017, a group of 70+ friends and family gathered at Perking Point in Hummelstown for dinner and sharing the Deep Rivers Church vision. During that time, we – Matt & Nicole Given – shared our vision for a innovative and different church community.
The following is the outline of what Matt shared that evening:
Paul, the first church planter wrote… “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Cor. 2:4-5
Question #1 – How have you seen this power in your church experience?
Deep Rivers Church will:
Spend time each week in: the WORD, WORSHIP & PRAYER
Preach the Gospel of: PARDON, POSITION & PRIVLEGES
Teach the Reality of our: RIGHTOUSNESS → PEACE→ JOY
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Rom. 14:17
Question #2 – What is the “Kingdom of God?”
Hint: “It’s better that I leave…” (John 16:7)
“Kingdom of God” phrases that help define Deep Rivers Church
“Now & Not Yet” In a fallen world we pray for more of the “not yet” – to shrink the gap between what we see in Scripture and our experience.
“The Ephesians Format” Chapters 1-3 tell what God has done for us; not until chapters 4-6 are we told how to live in response to God’s grace.
“Knowledge & Revelation” Head knowledge & heart knowledge are both important. One is taught, one is revealed to us. (Book of Acts)
Question #3 – How will Deep Rivers Church do all this?
1.) We won’t. “Ministry is received – not achieved.” Whenever we meet we will take on a “prayer dependent” posture; a humble dependence on God to do His work in and through us.
2.) We are going to put an intentional focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives by being consistent with what Scripture teaches in regards to the Kingdom of God and the gifts God has given to us.
3.) Our prayer dependent environments will include:
Men’s & Women’s Ministry
Occasionally offered “Equipping Classes” on a variety of topics.