are called to raise up an Antioch kind of church in the heart of
downtown Dallas that will touch our city and our world in seven ways as
described in the Bible in the Book of Acts, chapters 11-18:
STRATEGIC - a church that helps many people and many other churches.
“The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” (Acts 11:21, 24)
SCRIPTURAL - a church that loves God’s Word and tries to do everything it says.
“So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people.” (Acts 11:26)
SPIRITUAL - a church where people sense God’s presence and celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit.
in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas,
Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up
with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.” (Acts 13:1; 11:27-28)
SYMPATHETIC - a church that cares about the disadvantaged and practices radical generosity as it helps the hurting every way it can.
disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the
brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift
to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.” (Acts 11:29–30)
SYNERGISTIC - a church that looks like Dallas and that looks like heaven by welcoming people
from every nationality, life-stage, culture, language, skin color,
religious background, economic status, or personal history of success or
of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began
to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord
Jesus.” (Acts 11:20)
SOUL-WINNING - a church that wants everyone everywhere to know Jesus personally.
“The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” (Acts 11:21)
SENDING - a church that helps people discover the reason they are alive and that sends them into every person’s world all around the world.
they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set
apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called
them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on
them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2–3)