Declare Dayton Vision Meeting
Ryan Garber here. I am married to my best friend, Andria and we have 3 crazy little girls, Mili, Atti & Elli. We attend and serve at Community of Faith in Lewisburg OH and I also serve as one of the directors of Declare Worship Community.
Lunch last Monday found me meeting with about a dozen other believers at Christian Life Center to collectively seek the Lord for what HIS vision is for the evening we are calling Declare Dayton. I don't know why, maybe I'm just this simple-minded but I've been following Jesus now for 13 years, and at times the concept of "the church" still baffles me. What and where is it exactly? And how do we do it? What does it look like? And then there's moments that I experience the body of Christ in such a tangible way. And I'm left in awe all over again by the brilliance of my Lord and the beauty of His Bride. Monday was one of those moments for me. There I sat with people from all different areas throughout the Miami Valley, some I had met only briefly, others not at all. Each of us from different backgrounds, involved in different ministries, each with our own passions and on our own individual journey. And yet it quickly became apparent that we were all somehow in this together, on the same journey...together. And once again I began to witness God at work. His hands, His feet, moving, breathing, speaking and working through His people as He began revealing to us His plans for that evening. Plans to proclaim with a loud voice who He is and that He is firmly established on the throne. Plans to show off His power and glory through changed lives...saved lives...new lives. Plans to shine hope. Incredible hope. Hope that is found in Jesus Christ alone. And plans to declare again this message of hope to a broken and hurting world, even in Dayton OH.
So I'm praising God today. I praise Him for His faithfulness to His plans, His purposes and His people. I praise Him for the promise that His church will prevail. I praise Him for the way He created each of us so uniquely different, and the way in which He uses those differences. I praise Him for the oneness that was made possible through Jesus Christ. And not just the oneness we have among each other, but even more so the oneness that we experience with him. Our Creator, our Father.
And so as planning continues for Declare Dayton at UD in September, my prayer comes from Hebrews 13:20-21.
"May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."