Jesus says…to Peter…
Matthew 16:18-19 New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid, bind, or lock on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit, loose or open on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
This scripture has really been speaking to me lately. Jesus didn’t tell Peter that He would build any denominations or buildings upon this rock. He said that he will build HIS church…and the powers of hell will not conquer it. To me that means that when we work together as HIS church not as an individual church building or denomination, He will give us the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. So, I am constantly challenging myself (and it is a challenge, for sure!) to look for ways for us to work together to bring HIS kingdom on earth in RVA as it is in heaven.
Most recently…nearly 100 people from an unknown number of denominations, churches and ministries came together from all over Metro Richmond area….and even Raleigh, NoVA, Maryland and Boston!….came together on October 29th to learn from Noel Castellanos, CEO of CCDA (Christian Community Development Association).
Someone once said “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Well….here are 50,000+ words representing the Church in RVA! Watch the slideshow for pictures from the Church-Based Community Development presented by the CCDA Institute. Thanks to our co-sponsors City Church, East End Fellowship, Hands Up Ministries and Northminster Church.
Also…be sure to let me know if you want to be added to our distro list for future events! And if you are on FB…click here to join our group discussions>> CCDA n RVA
PHOTO CRED: Terence Talley, 15 year old photographer from my neighborhood! Keep up the great work, Terence!!!
CCDA Institute is coming to Richmond! Noel Castellanos, CEO of CCDA is coming to discuss Church-Based Community Development. See the attached flyer for details. If you want to print the flyer, click here: CCDA Church Based Flyer – 10.29.2011.
Be sure to register early!!! Click here to register > REGISTER HERE!