Up: the point of going "Up" is our daily relationship with God and hearing from Him!
Jesus knew His purpose! He was focused and extremely intentional about how He spent His time and who He spent His time with. He touched many people in deep and lasting ways. His ministry engaged the world in many different ways and because of that, His influence spread. As we look as His life, we see Jesus focused on deepening His relationship with God through times of prayer. This is Up!
Jesus said in John 5:19 “I tell you that the Son can do nothing by Himself; because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” Jesus knew the way to have a fruitful life was to only do what He heard God tell Him. All the miracles, all of the effective teachings and all of the decisions He made were inspired. Jesus was fully human and it’s easy to forget He had no more access to God than we have. When we spend quality time with our Father, like Jesus, we have access to receiving from Him.
We can’t know someone from a short conversation every now and then. We have to live with Him which looks like inviting Him into all areas of our life. We can’t compartmentalize our faith. God has to be present in all of it. As we share all areas of our life with Him, we begin to see Him work. Through His word and revelation from the Spirit of the Living God, we learn His true character and calling on our lives. As we know Him, we begin to know what’s in line with His heart and what isn’t. We begin to feel and believe how deeply He cares for us.
What does the "IN" part of our life look like??
Luke 6:13-16 says, When morning came, He (Jesus) called His disciples (followers) to Him and chose twelve of them, who he also designated apostles: Simon (whom He named Peter) his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became the traitor".
We were created to be in relationship with God and others. In our day and time we don't always believe we can have close relationships like Jesus had with His followers. Relationships that are committed and gracious, that share everything and remain supported to each other no matter if the season of life is good or bad.
Everyone desire to be known and accepted. At Fort Barachel we want to be that place and ministry that cares for others. There is a number in our community that are spiritual and relational orphans who want a family and a place to belong.
In John 13:35, Jesus said, " By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, IF YOU HAVE LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER."
When we love others well, and our "IN" relationships are as important as our UP and OUT, people will want to be a part of our lives.
What does "OUT" look like?
Jesus was always looking with compassion on the crowds and cities He visited. Luke 6, we see this progression of Up/In/OUT. Jesus spends all night praying with God, then spends time with others, especially His IN group of followers. Then He always was looking OUT!
"He (Jesus) went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of His disciples (followers) were there and a great number of people from all over Judea, Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by spirit were cured, and the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them all." Luke 6:17-19
Jesus never forgot why His Father sent Him. He (Jesus) came to seek and save those that were lost.
Jesus never isolated Himself with other believers, and if we're growing in His likeness, we can't either. It is easy to get comfortable in a safe life of being around like minded believers.
"Live Openhanded with our time, talent and treasure"
"Putting Others Above Our Self"
Are just a few of the core beliefs we teach and hold as our "OUT"!
We serve at least once a month, in what we call "Operation Serve" or "Serve Ops." We believe in making impact in our community by going "OUT"!
A few of our partners include: local student ministries, Night to Shine Prom with Tim Tebow Foundation and Family Church of Windermere, Lift Disability Network (Breakaway Camp, Give Back- Operation Christmas Child), Miracle League Orlando, Feeding Children Everywhere, East Winter Garden Renovation, Do Good Farms, Hope Now Orlando, and individuals that need help with their homes (painting, building wheelchair-ramps, or moving people to a new place, or cleaning out a garage)!
Fort Barachel Burundi: https://fortbburundi.org/
Sports – Uplifting the talent of sports in Burundi.
Culture – Embracing our culture as one.
Entrepreneurship – Fighting to eradicate poverty.
Arts – Encouraging creativity.
We also open our doors @ Fort B. for Open Ride and Bible Study. Almost every week of the school year, we open on Friday nights! Special occasions for Birthday's or for Lessons and family/community times!