All In: Boldly Saying ‘Yes’ to God’s Call

Laura Campbell   -  

A word from Laura Campbell and Matt Comer:

β€œThe gospel is less about how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven after you die, and more about how to live in the Kingdom of Heaven before you die.” – Dallas Willard

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read/hear this?

Perhaps you are reminded of the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Perhaps your mind turns to Christ’s final command to us β€” to go out and make new disciples.

St. Stephen has been living these values for over five decades. Our church’s vision β€”Β to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus Christ β€” is a reflection of what we know to be true: that our lives are God’s greatest tools for loving the world.

On Sept. 24, we will gather for a family meeting, of sorts. We’re calling it “All In.” It will be a time for us to consider how we are striving together to be a missional church mindfully focused on giving the fullness of our lives to worshipping God, loving our neighbors, and making new disciples.

Being “all in” means we’re not just a volunteer on a ministry team. Being “all in” is not just signing up for events. Being “all in” means we are boldly saying “yes” to God’s call. When we go “all in,” we say “yes” to living into our call as a disciple all of the 167 hours each week outside of Sunday morning worship. “All in” means we living a life fully invested to meet the needs of a community and world experiencing generational transformation.

What will your journey look like when you decide to go “all in” as a disciple of Christ? What does it look like for us to step out of own comfort zones and lean into the primed position we’re in now to boldly love and serve our neighbors?

Together, we will explore how we’re being called, individually and collectively, to meet the needs of our church and community now and in the future. Join us on Sunday, Sept. 24, 6:30pm, in the sanctuary as go “all in” for God, for each other, and for our world.