What a time to be a part of the Life Church! We’ve had an amazing, explosive summer. Our first two Heart and Soul Tour events took place, hosted by Manassas and Bristow. VBS was a hit, and the Kids Take-Over Sunday brought a huge win with the greatest number of salvations for a “normal” Sunday. We launched our Middle School Program, hosted the Gold Conference (which nearly 600 students attended, and 233 Dream Teamers served at). 21 Days of Prayer brought healing, restoration, and the Heal Our Land event with John Gray! When you look back on what God has done through The Life Church in the past few months, you have to stop and praise Him for all the grace and love he pours out on to us.

But we don’t serve a God who only works in the past. Our God is a forward-moving God, one who is on a mission, and wants us to be a part of what He’s doing. We believe this fall is going to be a time of expanded Kingdom involvement and influence for the Life Church. Matthew 5:13 describes us as “the salt of the earth”. The purpose of salt is to be put into meat, to prevent it from being spoiled, to add flavor, and to create thirst. Likewise the Church needs to be put in the world, prevent darkness from spreading, add life and joy, and create a thirst for Jesus.

Our Mission as the Life Church helps us achieve this: to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference. “Knowing God” comes through our Sunday experience. We currently have 3500 empty seats, or “opportunities” available for the lost to come in and experience Jesus. We “find freedom” through Small Groups. Many people can know God but not live in freedom because they haven’t experienced the community they were made for. Fast Track is our tool to help us “discover purpose”. It helps us go further faster—both as individuals, and as a church. And if you really want to “make a difference” in your world, join a Dream Team! There is nothing more fulfilling than being a part of the story of someone coming to know Jesus!

We have so much in store for us this fall. God is moving in big ways, and we don’t want you to miss any of it! First up is our Harvest Campaign: a Once a Year Offering of Extreme Generosity, taking place on October 15. We are passionate about letting the world know that generosity is not about your money—it’s a lifestyle. Next up is for our Students! Beginning on October 7, we will be starting up Gold Nights for our Middle/High Schoolers! They will take place on the first Saturday of every month, with campus-specific afterparties. Also coming up is our Fall Internship, for college/young adults. The Gathering will also be hosting Harris Nights on GMU’s campus once a month, the next one on September 25 with John Morgan! And speaking of Pastor John—he and other great speakers will be at our Men’s Conference on September 23rd, hosted by our Winchester campus

With so much going on, we must keep one thing at our heart: Jesus is moving in our community. He has big plans for us, and He has big plans for you! So jump in, get involved, start praying for miracles to happen, and let’s get ready to watch God move in our church, in our community, and in our world!

Watch the full Vision Sunday message here.