The Unstoppable Campaign

 | August 4, 2008 7:02 PM

GrX, my church here in Silicon Valley, started the Unstoppable Campaign 18 months ago.  Its name is based on this verse.

Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.  But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.
Acts 5:38-39 (New International Version)

It is a bold, almost arrogant campaign.  How can a church of a few hundred people expect to bring the gospel to the Bay Area, let alone to nations and regions like Kenya, Cambodia, Thailand, East Asia?  Though I have some questions about some specifics of the campaign overall I enthusiastically applaud this campaign for its courage and vision.

I was part of a smaller campaign back in Boston with Highrock Church and the pinnacle of that campaign was the purchase of a church building in Arlington.  Similarly here the pinnacle, or at least the bulk of the resources of this campaign, will be going to a church building, a much more expensive building in Santa Clara.  I saw what an incredibly positive effect having a church home did for Highrock and I am looking forward to a similar effect with GrX.

To celebrate the halfway mark of the Unstoppable Campaign, GrX had a special service for all of its three locations (now four since the service), called God of This City.  Below is the promotional video.

I thought Pastor Dave Chae gave a great speech summing up what GrX is all about, gospel transformation.  I feel blessed to have been a member of two churches, Highrock and GrX, that believe so much in gospel transformation.  I so much liked Pastor’s Chae’s speech, especially the contrasts between Jesus and us, that I asked for the transcript which he emailed me.  Here it is, I hope you enjoy it.

For the past 7 years including the last 18 months we’ve been guided by a single vision – vision for gospel transformation.

This vision that we are forgiven and valued, stirred 13 of us to travel 400 north from Irvine to plant GrX Sunnyvale.

Three years later in 2005, God led 40 people to start a similar venture in San Francisco.

Then in the fall of 2006, we launched GrX Fremont. And in November of this year, we’ll be launching the Bridge Church in S. Jose.

We’re here today because we believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection means everything to us.

This is the essence of the gospel.

His shameful death is our pride.

His condemnation is our salvation.

His submission is our humility

His sacrifice is our forgiveness.

We are released from the power of sin forever!

But the benefits don’t stop there. We’ve also been given value and status. We are children of the Living God.

We are a new creation.

Jesus’ perfect life has been credited to us as if we are perfect in God’s eyes.

We have value.

We have significance.

We have worth.

What was given to us, faith, can never be taken away by bad works.

What an incredible exchange!

All of our sin for all of God’s forgiveness and value. What a Great Exchange! (2 Cor. 8:9)

So that’s what we named ourselves – The Great Exchange

Practically, we believed that if transformation is going to happen, we needed to continually make this great exchange, exchanging sin for grace every day.

We called this preaching the gospel to ourselves.

Just as caring parents and resources are necessary to grow up a child, we believed that community, the word of God, and service were all necessary ingredients for spiritual transformation.

We wanted to be a place where people could come, get connected through small groups, and experience the love of forgiveness and value of God.

We wanted to be a place where people got built up through scripture, prayer, and service.

We wanted to be a place where people could serve out of their gifting in ministry locally and globally.

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