San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States. Corruption, prostitution, gangs, senseless killings, child abuse, molestation, and teen pregnancy seem to reign in the Alamo City. In fact, San Antonio’s teen birth rate in 2005 was 82% higher than the national rate! (39 per 1000 teenage girls. Click here for full report.) And yes…San Antonio is overrun with churches. So, why another church plant in the Bible belt? Why another small church with a small staff? Here’s the answer…the burgeoning Kingdom of God.
Burgeon is defined as “to grow or increase rapidly; flourish.” There ARE many churches in Bexar county. Albeit true, where is the KINGDOM? Jesus Christ did not die a brutal death for men to plant store front curses. He died and rose from the dead in order that the Kingdom of God could be made alive in His people and alive in the earth! Matthew 6:10 (NLT), “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, AS IT IS in heaven.”
In the New Testament, the Kingdom overran the darkness and drove out the enemy’s occupation. Why has our goal as the American church changed? Are we simply co-habitating with darkness and throwing rocks at each other like the Hatfield’s & McCoy’s? May His Kingdom come and drive out the darkness! May our church’s culture look like Heaven’s.
Our Pastor, Brandon Honeycutt, puts it best, “Jesus is not as concerned in getting you to die and go to Heaven as He is in getting Heaven to come to earth!”
You see, when the KINGDOM comes, thousands receive the Message, men and women are discipled, the sick are healed, the dead are raised, demons run away with their tails tucked between their legs. The supernatural is manifested. Jesus stuff happens! Jesus REIGNS when the Kingdom comes. He is not an elected President you choose to listen to when it is convenient. He is a King. He reigns forever. Jesus said in John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…” That is HUGE….and AWESOME! Jesus not only said it is possible, but we as Kingdom Christians have a responsibility to do what Jesus did. Jesus did not freak people out with charismania, he was a genuine man with an obedient heart bent at living out His Father’s will. Too many people in America have seen the grandiose production of church, and it has turned our citizens off to the words of Jesus. It is hard to dispute the supernatural. The supernatural does not only include healing, prophecy, etc.; it includes hard-hearted Uncle Joe coming to an altar with a broken heart to repent of his sin. It includes a teenage couple repenting of their sexual sin and abstaining until marriage night. It includes people bending their knee to Kingdom culture and changing theirs (school, workplace, political arena, etc.) It includes teen pregnancy, gang violence and sexual crime rates dropping at supernatural rates. The Kingdom is a driving force.
My family’s goal is to see and experience the rapidly increasing Kingdom of God in San Antonio. (Feel free to peruse our church’s website and discover the vision behind this driving force.)
Jesus reigns. His Kingdom is coming. Satan doesn’t stand a chance. 🙂