Turn Off Auto-Pilot
For fifteen years, I have wrestled with the desire to start a new church. While this desire has at different points waxed and waned and has taken various forms, it has never truly left me. Recently, this desire has roared back to life. I have become captivated by the idea of seeing the book of Acts come to life in our corner of South Florida. This is why we're moving full steam ahead with starting a new church committed to bringing people to God and bringing people together in northeast Broward County. This region has been my wife’s lifelong home and has become home for me as well. We love it here. We’re moved by the fact that on any given Sunday 97% of the nearly 100,000 people within a three mile radius do not have an authentic relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Too many people, whether Christians or not, are living life on auto-pilot. They are missing out on the fullness of life Jesus promised them. They have not experienced the transforming power of Jesus Christ, or they have experienced it but they're not living like it. This is a problem, and I want more. For myself. For my family. For you.
As I studied the Scripture, God used Romans 10:12-15 to move me toward actually starting a new church: “There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” While reading this passage, God showed me that being called to start a new church was not necessarily a mysterious, mystical thing. In fact, there are only a few basic qualifications listed here. First, I must believe that any person—regardless of economic status or ethnic group—any person who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. Second, I must be willing to be sent out to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. God used this passage to call me to start a new church in the area I call home, a church that brings people to God and brings people together through the cross of Jesus Christ. This is our heartbeat and the heartbeat of our new God-venture called Cross United Church. We are alive with passion to see the stories of Acts come to life again in the 21st century in South Florida. We want to help you turn off auto-pilot and find life like God intended in a relationship with God and others through the cross of Jesus Christ.