I just love to see the vision that God has given us as a church expressed in a variety of forms. God loves taking the normal things in this life and using them for His Divine purposes. God doesn’t live in this great divide of “secular Vs. spiritual”. He appreciates variety and creativity. Just look at creation. He created it all with amazing diversity and He enjoys using it all for His Divine purposes. Does this mean that He could actually use something as common as coffee to advance His Kingdom? Absolutely! You may have noticed that we are finally turning our information area into what we are calling “Kingdom Koffee”. This has been the original intended purpose for this area since we moved into the building 5 years ago. I realize some of you may be wondering why. What’s the point of this? Is this really necessary? How does this have any Kingdom value whatsoever? Great questions! Let’s answer them!
First, let me remind you of the purpose of Foothills. Do you remember? Can you recall it? If not, then you are going to be confused about many things we do here at Foothills. One of the major components of our purpose is; “to reach the 1000′s of unchurched people in our geographic area with the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ…” The focus isn’t all about the people already at church, it’s on reaching those who don’t know Jesus or go to church. This means we are a church that will be intentional about providing an atmosphere where unchurched people will feel comfortable. Going to church is scary and “not normal”, but ordering a cup of coffee is. Are you getting it? It’s not about you; it’s about them! Can you imagine bringing your unchurched neighbor to church knowing they are very uncomfortable and walking through the door and saying, “Hey, let me buy you a cup of coffee.” This is not what they expect. We are a church that is committed to building bridges to unchurched people not barriers.
Secondly, let me share several others factors at work in this. This is a ministry. We already have a team of nine people who are excited about serving in this ministry. This is another opportunity for people to use their gifts and abilities to bless and serve in the body of Christ. We now have nine more people serving the Lord. Isn’t that exciting! This is also an extension of the biblical principal of hospitality. Relationship is one of our core values of our church. This ministry helps facilitate a welcoming, relaxed, and relational environment for the Kingdom of God.
The final blessing to all this is that it was very inexpensive to get set up. The machine was purchased several years ago by another ministry. Much of the materials were left over from other projects. The sinks and faucet was donated as well as most of the labor. Isn’t God great at providing. Currently, all the proceeds from this ministry will first be used to pay for whatever expenses were incurred in getting set up. After this, all the profit will go directly into the KAC fund. You see, you can support the KAC by simply buying your coffee at the church. Of course, all the same free coffee, cookies and treats will be provided each Sunday. Kingdom Koffee is in addition to all this.
Let me encourage you to get behind this new ministry, encourage those who are serving there every week, and use it for His Kingdom purposes. This is why it’s called Kingdom Koffee. It reminds us of our purpose…even when it’s coffee. Are you getting it?
Looking forward to standing in line with you for His Kingdom.