WE MUST KNOW THE NEIGHBOR WHOM WE ARE TO LOVE
Every place has a culture and identity. By studying and learning where we are, we can be more strategic in increasing our gospel footprint in our own backyards by interacting within our Circles of Accountability. Each of our own harvests include their own cashiers, barbers, Karate teachers, Mom's groups, co-workers, etc. Look Out and find the unique need of your community and how to make disciples in the ordinary, everyday walks of life.
OUR OWN BACKYARD
FLORIDA VERY DIVERSE
According to one study, Florida has the top three most diverse cities in the United States: Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Tampa. Our ministries must recognize and adapt.
FLORIDA FAMLIES WEAK
Florida ranks 8th in the country for divorce rates, 7th in abortions, 17th in suicides. How are we addressing these matters?
FLORIDA IN NEED
Florida ranks 8th in the United States for homeless population, along with ranking 15th in poverty, and in the top five states for human trafficking.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Scriptures tell us that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Furthermore, when Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to His disciples in Acts 1:8, He informs them that they are to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. The Christian & Missionary Alliance has been sending missionaries overseas that all nations might have access to the gospel. Over the past 50-100 years, the influx of foreign people who have moved to the United States has increased so much that there are people who live in our country who have never encountered a Christian or the gospel in their lifetime. Our calling is to be disciples who make disciples, and this very thing must happen in our own backyards as we Look Out and see the community where God has placed us as individuals and as a local church.