This past Sunday Jill Nothrop shared on the important Kingdom principle of building your life with a multigenerational perspective. If your ceiling is the next generation’s floor, how are you intentionally making room for more ceiling? In Wellspring, we’re always planning with future Kingdom agents in mind. How do we use our lives to set them up for greater levels of healthy intimacy, right identity, and heavenly influence? To watch the message on YouTube click here: Make Room for More Ceiling.
In Wellspring we see the church as a spiritual family. When we meet on Sundays, we turn our meeting space into a family room of brothers and sisters gathered around Father God. Though we are Kingdom agents on this earth, we are family first. It’s in this heavenly family atmosphere that we discover healthy intimacy and our true identity. We discover who we are while sitting among siblings at the feet of our Father.
As a human father, I know it’s part of my role to make sure my children are fed, clothed, and cared for. I know it’s important for them to have a home, and I’ve done my best to make sure that’s the case. We started in a tiny apartment at Christ for the Nations in South Dallas, then we bought a small house in Cedar Hill, and then we bought a larger house in North Dallas. Every step has been a testimony of God’s faithfulness and provision. He blessed and increased me so that I could bless and increase my family.
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”Matthew 7:9-11 [New Living Translation]
As a church family, we started by meeting in my house. Then we grew so we tore down walls and removed a fireplace to make more room in my house. Then COVID hit and we moved our meetings to the Nothrop family’s backyard. Then Texas summer hit and we were invited to use an office space. Now it’s time to move again. God wants us to have a home, a space we can turn into our Wellspring family room. We’re not building a temple or a theater or concert-style facility. “Homy” better describes what we’ll be moving into — interactive, comfortable, and welcoming. We’re suppose to maintain the house feeling, but we need more room for trainings, activities, and freedom sessions. The board is in total agreement and every member of Wellspring with whom I’ve spoken is in agreement that it’s time and this is the Lord.
I’m going to talk more on Sunday about our future family room and where we are in the process. We’ve already taken a team of builders and contractors to look at a potential space and we’re in negotiations with the owners of the property. Two things we absolutely know are:
- that we need to be praying
- we need to quickly raise funds
If you’re a member of Wellspring, I know you’re already tithing. Thank you! Additionally I’m challenging each of us (along with those in our individual households) to ask God how much we should give to the building fund. Also, start thinking about who you can invite to partner with us. Even the smallest amount counts, so don’t discount yourself or any of your friends and family. This is for a really good thing, a meeting space for a church that is truly committed to freedom, encouragement, and growth. If you’re part of our spiritual family you know this is a good investment because you’ve experienced the goodness. If you’re not part of Wellspring, come experience the goodness or just pray and give. I can say with full confidence that by partnering with Wellspring you’re changing lives, benefiting the world, and growing the Kingdom. To give, click HERE (https://pushpay.com/g/wellspringlive) and select “Building Fund“.
Please continue praying with us:
Lord God,thank You for Your vision for Wellspring and thank You for Your provision. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that You please give us wisdom, clear guidance, and favor throughout this building process. Help us find and prepare a family room to serve the purposes and plans of Your Kingdom. Amen.
Let’s build together!
- 02/16 Genesis 47, Psalms 47, Ruth 2, Mark 1:1-22
- 02/17 Genesis 48, Psalms 48, Ruth 3, Mark 1:23-45
- 02/18 Genesis 49, Psalms 49, Ruth 4, Mark 2
- 02/19 Genesis 50, Psalms 50, I Samuel 1, Mark 3:1-21
- 02/20 Exodus 1, Psalms 51, I Samuel 2, Mark 3:22-35
- 02/21 Exodus 2, Psalms 52, I Samuel 3, Mark 4:1-20
- 02/22 Exodus 3, Psalms 53, I Samuel 4, Mark 4:21-41
- 02/23 Exodus 4, Psalms 54, I Samuel 5, Mark 5:1-20
DAILY WORD FOR FEBRUARY 16
The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law.
— Mark 1:22 NLT
What was the difference between the teaching of Jesus and the teaching of the religious leaders? Real authority. In Greek, the word “authority” means “coming from right or privilege”. What set Jesus apart was that He was completely confident in His identity and He operated and taught in authenticity and integrity. As the Son of God, Jesus taught consistent with His innate, divine right and privilege.
“Privilege” has become a bad word in our selfish, envy-driven culture because it means that certain people are treated differently than other people. The Latin root word means “private law”. A person with privilege lives by a different, select set of rules.
Jesus taught with awesome power because He was not confined by the base, ignoble rules of the world. His privilege placed Him above, and therefore He lived, operated, and taught to a higher, noble standard. His privilege was according to the Kingdom of God, far above every earthly or demonic dominion.
Have you repented from your sins and put your faith in Jesus? If you have, then through faith you’ve been born again. The common, vulgar you is dead and the miraculously new you is a royal child of God. You are now privileged, and your heavenly privilege should affect every aspect of your life. No privilege this earth can confer compares to the rights and benefits you now have through Christ. What does this Kingdom Privilege mean to you? How does it make everything about your life “quite unlike” the religious people around you?