“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. (15) Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. (16)In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
We have a vision for our small community of Hyde Park, its what we call The Circle: 50 Reaching 5,000
He has asked our small band of followers (around 50 at the moment) reach the approximately 5,000 people who live within a mile radius of where we meet for church.
When God sent Jesus, it was a huge message of love; a message designed to reach us, our hearts and influence them, and move them back to a relationship with Father God. God by His very nature is a sending God…He is willing to reach people who need redemption with us…I find that so crazy of God…that He would extend His reach through our lives, our stories of faith.
In Luke 14: 18-19 we see just how Jesus intends on reaching the world He’s been sent to.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus boldly declares how He’s going to reach mankind…by proclaiming Good News, by proclaiming liberty, by helping people see again…see their way out of darkness…out of the prisons that hold them captive. Jesus was announcing that the favor of God was here, right now, to redeem them.
In the book of John Jesus tells us what’s next in the to reach out and touch somebody plan…turn to Chapter 20 verse 21
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
So when we talk about reaching the circle…it’s because we are being sent. The circle is really our sphere of influence; it’s where God has asked to infiltrate and help people who are trapped in darkness. We are to be light…where God is sending us.
Light shows the way out…that’s the power of the Gospel.
That’s the WHY of the vision…the reason behind 50 reaching 5,000. The Father has chosen us, He’s sending us…there are people in darkness who desperately need to see a way out.
But how? How do reach 5,000?
In Acts, 10:38 it states that Jesus went around doing good…and delivering them from darkness
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, he went around doing good and healing everyone who was oppressed by the devil.
How do you reach 5,000 people? One person at a time…by doing good!
1 conversation, 1 connection, 1 opportunity at a time…reaching one heart at a time
REACH, such a powerful word…it’s an action word and it means…
- To touch or grab hold on by stretching out or expanding
- To establish communication
- To succeed in influencing, impressing or stirring up interest
WE NEED TO REACH OUT…we want to touch the lives of others, we want to communicate in a way that influences them, that stirs their heart towards the Messiah, and in order to do that…we’ll need to stretch and expand.
I’m not talking about growing Bridge Builders, We’re not trying to build a church…Jesus said He would build His church…We want to see more people enter the Kingdom; become dedicated disciples following Jesus with all they have. We want to see people free and out of darkness.
We don’t have to worry about the math…God is always multiplying. We just have to be light…we just have to be sent.