The story of Isaiah is one of my favorite Bible stories. Specifically, I have been thinking of his call to ministry lately. Isaiah 6 is a record of a vision Isaiah received of heaven. He saw God sitting on a throne and seraphim flying around God, worshipping Him, loudly proclaiming, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” What a scene. Isaiah also falls in worship. And then, God speaks to Isaiah. He asks, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” Without hesitation, Isaiah answered, “Here I am, send me!” He didn’t know exactly where he was going, he didn’t know what he was going to say, he didn’t know how he was going to get there, and he didn’t know if he’d be received by the people. But, he knew God had called him. He knew God would answer all of the questions in time. He knew he just needed to say YES!
While I haven’t had any visions of the throne room, and God hasn’t spoken to me audibly, He has called me to reach the lost, hurt, broken, and confused. He has asked me to serve the community of Colorado Springs, calling people to freedom in Christ. This is an exciting time for the Maxon family.
Three years ago, Lyndsey, Cora, and I moved to Colorado Springs to pastor a church on the eastside. When we got there, we noticed that the church constitution included the stated desire to plant a church every five years. I asked the leaders how many churches had been planted in the 50-year history… the answer was zero. So, we began to pray for God to bring someone with a heart for church planting to the church to receive training and equipping so we could send them out. I had no idea it would be me. Over the past six months, we felt a growing conviction for the lost souls in Colorado Springs. We approached the elders about sending us to another part of the city to start a new work, and they agreed. As we were talking with other friends, we were drawn to John 8:36: “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”
There are hundreds of thousands of people in Colorado Springs who are living in slavery to sin and self. They have not experienced the freedom that Christ offers. This is unacceptable. We must do something.
I have been tasked with planting a church that will take the message of freedom to those in Colorado Springs who need to hear it. I am asking you to join us in this journey. We are looking for prayer partners, financial partners, and partners to join us in person. I’d love to talk with you about the possibilities of partnering together to bring freedom to Colorado Springs. Don’t be surprised if I give you a call or send a message in the next few weeks. Or, you can check out the web page for Freedom Church.
Meet our founding partners!