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“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down…” —Isaiah 64:1

On September 30, 2016, we shared a special night as we imagined a gospel movement on the North Shore! We heard from Pastor Bobby, the elders, and ministry leaders about dreams we have for what God can do in our hearts and in the lives of those around us; we shared dessert and shared our experiences of gospel renewal; and we prayed that God would bring renewal to our church and neighborhoods. We made commitments to be an active part of the gospel movement vision through prayer, personal involvement, and giving.

Imagine Commitment

We hope you will use this page as a resource and guide for following up on your commitments.

 

Prayer

For 30 days in the fall 2016, NSCBC joined together in praying for gospel renewal. We desire that these prayers would continue. Please join us in prayer by using our Prayer Guide.

We will also be holding various prayer gatherings throughout the year to continue to pray for renewal and revitalization in our area.

30 Day Prayer Guide

Survey & Personal Involvement

As we desire to see a gospel movement on the North Shore, our focus is to take one step, each day, toward rediscovering the wonder if the gospel. One way we can do that is by serving in the church. We would like to be more strategic in our requests for help, and we would like to truly engage each person’s gifts and abilities, without over-committing the same people each time we need volunteers. Please complete this 20-25 minute survey and consider your involvement in ministry at NSCBC.

Take the Survey

Giving

We recognize that everything we have is a gift from the Lord. As we seek God to change hearts of the people in our area, we trust Him to provide necessary funds for programs, staffing, and more. There are many ways you can give to our church and we ask that you prayerfully consider how you may partner with NSCBC financially as we pursue this vision.

Give Online

Resources

Church Statements

Our church leadership has recently updated some of our core church statements. These were referenced at Imagine.

Associate Pastor of Discipleship

We are currently seeking an Associate Pastor of Discipleship to help equip us for missional living. Learn more at search.nscbc.org. If you have a potential candidate you would like to suggest for the position, fill out the recommendation form. If you have further questions, contact search@nscbc.org.

Articles and Books on Prayer

  • Kingdom-centered Prayer by Tim Keller teaches us how to consider prayer “as a means to praise and adore God, to know him, to come into his presence and be changed by him.”
  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller. We experience God powerfully through prayer. Keller guides the reader in how to make prayer meaningful – through sample prayers, instruction for developing a practice of prayer, and discussion about forming personal and powerful prayers.
  • A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller. This practical book discusses how one’s relationship with God can grow through prayer. It presents how prayer – even imperfectly delivered – fills the gaps in our lives with meaning and substance.
  • North Shore Prayer Guide – this 30 day guide for prayer for our friends, neighbors, and towns was written specifically for our area by members of NSCBC. It highlights our local towns and specific needs and people groups in our region.

Resources on Gospel Renewal

  • Renewal as a Way of Life: A Guidebook for Spiritual Growth by Richard Lovelace. In order for spiritual growth to take place, we have to grasp certain biblical principles. Lovelace guides the reader in developing a God-centered life so that one can be renewed individually. As we join together in spiritual growth, we experience renewal corporately. The book is read well by a small group of people who are committed to reflection and discussion and praying for God to do a work in their lives and in our church.
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago. This illustrated story Bible for children emphasizes Jesus as the point of every story in the Bible – both Old and New Testaments. Jesus makes all the puzzle pieces of the Bible fit together. It’s great for kids and adults alike to engage in the truth and power of Scripture.
  • God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts. Roberts gives the big picture of the Bible in this book. He emphasizes that the whole Bible is about the kingdom of God. He shares tools for reading the Bible and he points to the primary subject of Scripture: Jesus.
  • Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett. This book emphasizes the importance of catechesis in forming believers with the essentials of the faith. One section even outlines an A-Z of the Gospel.
  • Chameleon Christianity by Dick Keyes. Christians are tempted to approach society by either accommodating to it and blending in so much that we don’t seem any different or by tribalizing and quarantining ourselves away from society so we won’t be affected by it. Keyes encourages the reader of this book not to compromise or to isolate, but to be culturally aware and to reflect Jesus’ teaching to be salt of the earth and light of the world.

Imagine Night Media

If you were unable to come to the Imagine Vision Night on September 30, here is a glimpse into what was shared.

Audio recording of Imagine: the following recording does not include music played/sung or videos shown at the event.

 

Slides displayed at the event: please note the slides include lyrics to four songs that were sung throughout the night. All songs used by permission (CCLI License #329436). The second song, which was sung after Pastor Bobby’s words about our vision, was written for this occasion by our very own Melissa Bull and Steve Dagley.

Imagine statements: these slides were shown as people entered the room at the beginning of the night and as they left at the end. They are expressions from members of our own congregation about what we imagine God doing.

Videos shown: the following videos were created by Daniel Tuck.

imagine: past and present

 

imagine: in action

 

Tell us your story

What do you imagine? Tell us how you envision God transforming your friends or impacting your family. Tell us what you imagine God doing in our church, based on our focus to take one step each day toward rediscovering the wonder of the Gospel. In your wildest dreams, what do you imagine God doing in our community?