Monday, September 11, 2006

Our Goals in Brazil

"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good Pleasure." Phil. 2:13 Through time in the Word and in prayer we believe that God is leading us to plant churches in Southern Brazil. Florianopolis, a city of over 300,000 people is in need of the true Gospel and God has given us a burden to show them that they too can have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14,16 says, "...and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place...and who is sufficient for these things?" In our own strength we cannot accomplish this task but, 2 Cor. 2:5 says, "Our sufficiency is from Christ!"

How do we plan to diffuse the knowledge of Christ in Florianopolis?

First, by sharing one on one that all have sinned and we stand guilty before God as liars, thieves and idolators. Separated from Him because of our sins. God created us in His image and longs to have a relationship with us. In order to bridge this gap between our sin and His holiness, He sent His perfect, sinless Son, to die in our place. Christ Jesus conquered sin and death, rising again after three days and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father covering us with His righteousness. John 17:3 says, And this is life eternal, that they might KNOW Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Second, we want to disciple them. Teaching them to study and apply God's Word in their daily lives, equipping them to share their faith and become leaders in the church. Each of those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior we will seek to involve in the church. Eventually having a new local church in Florianopolis, SC, Brazil.

Our long term goal would be for this first church to branch out and start churches all over the city, becoming a lighthouse to Southern Brazil, pointing men to Christ.

Saturday, September 09, 2006