Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. – Ephesians 5:14 [ESV]
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been working on a church plant with some friends. God has taught me a bunch during this season. My wife and I have been challenged, inspired and stretched in ways unlike anything we’ve experienced before. But today is the day when months of dreaming become a reality. Today, we officially open our doors for the first time as Awakening Church.
A.W. Tozer prefaces his classic The Knowledge of the Holy with this beautiful thought about religion: True religion confronts earth with heaven and brings eternity to bear upon time. We are planting Awakening Church because we believe that the divide between heaven and earth can and ought to be bridged. We believe Jesus meant it when he taught us to pray that God’s will would be done here on earth just as it is done in heaven. We believe that there is more to life than simply existing. Breathing isn’t living. Waking up in the morning isn’t the same as being fully alive.
So with these things in mind, we’re launching Awakening Church to awaken this generation to new life in Christ. Today we begin our efforts to love relentlessly, give generously and share the transformative story of God to our city in ways that might captivate those who have been sleep walking through life, unaware of the availability of eternity at their finger tips. We are humbled by God’s calling and ecstatic about joining in these efforts with so many other amazing churches in our city who are already marching into broken places and awakening them to new life. We are eager to see what God will do in the coming months and years with our little church plant. So today, Awakening Church opens its doors to the Silicon Valley, hoping and praying that the redemptive and restorative power of God would rush out of our space like a river, flooding our city, in the form of our people.
If you live in or near the Silicon Valley and are interested in joining us, we meet on Sundays at 10:30am + 7pm at Del Mar High School [1242 Del Mar Ave. San Jose, CA 95128]. Check out awakeningchurch.com for more info.