To Boldly Go...

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Launch - Romans 15:15-21: When I was in junior high, my after school routine always included watching Star Trek. (The original version of course!) As a result, now 40 years later, the opening sound track is still etched in my mind along with the familiar credo: "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.” There is something very Biblical about 'boldly going where no one has gone before.' The Apostle Paul put it this way: " My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.” (Romans 15:20) This courageous spirit to step out to new places to proclaim the Gospel is deep in the DNA of Christianity and in the Alliance Church. This weekend I will be speaking to this matter in the final instalment of our LAUNCH series. I am excited to tell the story of the early history of Alliance mission work here in Alberta and the courageous pioneers God used to bless the poor and broken, raise up servant leaders, saturate the Prairies with the Gospel, plant new churches, form the Western Canadian District and reach the nations. Just like the steps of bold courage we are focused on today in our joint mission as we launch a new church called Glacier Ridge.

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