I want Reno to be a city full of God’s love. I want people to visit and actually see and feel the love of God that is poured out in this city. I want people to visit any coffee shop in the city and be unable to find some sort of bible study going on at a table near them. I want people driving around our city to witness other drivers stopping their cars to help the homeless on the street corners. I want people with dead cars in the middle of the road to be overwhelmed by how many people get out to help them move it somewhere safe. I want the people of Reno to reflect the love of God so much that the visitors to our town will know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God loves this city and that He loves them too.
I’m fed up with the long list of denominations that have divided God’s church. Why do we have to focus so intently on the different interpretations of the bible? God calls us to love Him, and to love one another. Can we have a gathering of God’s people that just focus on that? Would that be so wrong to have a Mormon and a Catholic hand out fresh watermelon to homeless people, all in the name that matters most, Jesus? Would it be wrong to have the Baptist Church and the Church of Christ come together to pray for people downtown on any given night? Would it be wrong for any of these denominations to meet together all in the name of Jesus?
I want to refocus the church to not be for themselves, but to show the love that Jesus has for His church by loving other people.
I think having a name like Reno Christians simplifies what we’re all about: gathering people who love Jesus around Reno. I want there to be bible studies, prayer meetings, worship nights, plenty of fellowship, and most importantly: outreach. I want Reno Christians to be a group of opportunists that live out the life that God calls us to live in the bible. I want people to get out of their church on Sunday mornings and have an opportunity to give back, to live out, and to love one another.
I think having an app that notified people of when and where these events were happening would make it significantly easier for people to live out this calling that we all have on our lives. What if there was a side of the app called missions that looked like groupon vacations. People could find the cost and the dates that work best for them and go about bringing Jesus to the nations.
On a bigger scale, I would want to create city-christians.com. A website that linked Christians from all around America to a city near them where there were Christians living out God’s commandments. These ideas could not only change a city, but a nation. God, give me the strength and endurance to live out these dreams that you’ve placed on my heart.