April 16, 2018
My family started attending The Well in its infancy. We met in Pastor Selena’s living room. We were drawn by the mission statement, “A church where all people can be found by the love of God, filled by the power of the Holy Spirit and freed to love like Christ.”
The Well has since moved to a location in downtown Springfield offering three services every Sunday. Our attendance is upwards of 500 each Sunday. Thursday night offers a service specifically for Young Adults.
Today’s sermon was the second installment in our current series, Re-fund. We were introduced to Phase 1 – Re-Covery/Re-Connect and a new staff member, Brandon Lien. Brandon will be leading our new Recovery mission through a Redemption Ministry. A weekly worship service will be held on Friday nights as an outreach to those in our community who need support and/or are healing from addiction.
Phase 1 will also include scholarships for our youth to attend summer camps. We will be adding a coffee shop to our commons area as an extension of our recovery ministry. This coffee shop will provide job opportunities and a sense of purpose to those looking to re-enter the job market as well as provide a place of employment to re-introduce people to the workplace. The coffee shop will also be a space for college students/young adults/everybody to study, have coffee dates, or just hang out.
Why a Redemption Ministry? Redemption is the exchange of a “bad” life for a “good” life. Brandon shared that as a global church, the church has lost its true focus. Instead of healing the sick and broken, the church has become more of a social meeting place. This recovery mission will help our church get back to the heart of our Gospel mission. The second reason for Redemption is Brandon’s own story - an amazing testimony of his recovery from addiction and his heart for those who are trapped in the cycle of addiction.
Pastor Dylan closed by sharing the biblical definition of redemption: “the ideas of loosing from a bond, setting free from captivity or slavery, buying back something or exchanging something in one’s possession for something possessed by another.”
He also shared part of a prayer that our church has been praying since the beginning, which includes Lives, Land, and Loot (meaning money taken away from the enemy). We are so excited that the Lord is answering our prayers for Lives and Loot through this new ministry at The Well!
Psalm 107:2 - “Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.”
Pastor Dylan and Pastor Selena - April 15, 2018
From Series: "All Messages"
Austyn is a literature and creative writing student at Missouri State. If she’s not chasing her toddler around, you can find her with a good book and something warm to drink.