Bill Hybels revisits Acts chapter 2, noting a number of things. Among them is that the Holy Spirit came on everyone there—not just the disciples, not just the men, not just the closest three. No one got a greater portion—everyone received what they needed for the life God had called them to. The idea ..
Living Beyond Myself in High Definition, Part 2: What? Me, a Priest? (Vision Night)
by Bill Hybels
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Mike Breaux suggests another place where we should consider "jumping in." Maybe serving at the church has been the easy plunge, but jumping into your neighborhood has been on hold, or perhaps not even considered. Mike gives a gentle reminder of who our neighbors are, and the fact that they, too, matter ..
Living Beyond Myself in High Definition, Part 3: Just Jump In
by Mike Breaux
"Again all this to say that we never set out to build a great big church. We just wanted to build a biblically functioning community. We spent a lot of time assessing the health of our church against the measuring rod of Acts 2:42-47, and the last thought I want to leave with you in regard to this passage ..
Passages that Pump Me Up: A Vision For The Church (Acts 2:42-47)
In the beginning days of this church, we made a very important strategic decision. We said we are not going to try to reach lost people primarily through advertising; we are not going to do it primarily through putting billboards up or making telephone calls randomly through the phone book. What ..
Setting The Vision For 1992
For the last 10 years, Axis has been a ministry to Gen-X-ers, post-moderns, and 20-somethings. Axis has set trends and imparted vision and values that are more and more being reflected in the larger Willow church. Much of the present serving spirit of Willow was birthed through the Axis community. Gene ..
The Next Evolution of Axis
by Gene Appel
I repeat the words of Jesus to you when he said, "Here's what I'm about." From the time of his ascension to his return in power and splendor, he said, "I basically am going to be about one thing. I'm going to be about the building of my church. The gates of hell will not prevail against it, but I need ..
Vision Night 1993
"We want to pay attention to this congregation; we want to feed and clothe and edify and lead into worship and provide small groups in training and biblical teaching and worship opportunities. We want to nurture, lead and feed this flock so that it's healthy and strong so that together we can be a major ..
Vision Night 1994
"We are in the heart-transformation business right here. We have been empowered, anointed, called and commissioned by Christ to put our hands to that task. As we put our hands to that task and that plow, we stay faithful. We build a biblically-functioning community, cast the Gospel out for the lost ..
Vision Night 1994: Preparing For The Best