Friday, April 23, 2010

Making A Difference: The Stones That the Builders Rejected

Last Sunday my daughter asked why there weren't any homes for the homeless and I didn't have an answer for her. Then I found out a friend of mine is working at making this a reality for some of the homeless.

I always like to meet someone who is trying to make a difference in their neighborhood. Please take a moment and meet a group who is trying to make a difference in their neighborhood. LCH


The “Stone that the builders rejected” Ministries is not "church", but an active, revolutionary new way of life. The name stems from the scripture Mark 12:10. "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”.

We are non-denominational and we believe in living like Jesus and His disciples lived, not just talking about it, not just preaching it, but living it! In other word's, making a difference in the lives we touch. We are not your traditional “Ministers” in the legalistic sense. We know that God meets you wherever you’re at and in whatever state you’re in. We have not arrived and we are all arriving. Jesus hung out with and dwelled with the lowly, the dejected, the sinners, the homeless.

We all come from the gutter and are living, breathing, walking testimonies of the power of GOD!
Mark 2:16

When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Luke 19:10

"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."



CORE BELIEFS AND VALUES

Our ministry beliefs center around eleven biblical foundational truths:

Creation - All people are created in the image of God. Gen. 1:26

The fall of Mankind - Everyone has suffered, in all aspects of their humanity due to the fall of mankind into sin. Romans 6:23

Redemption - Jesus Christ paid the cost of our sin by being obedient to death on our behalf that we may be forgiven and restored to fellowship with God. Col. 1:19-20
New Life in Christ - Christ was raised from the dead that we too may have new life, living. We see the redemptive works of God in the spiritual, physical, mental, and social life of humanity. We also see the redeeming power of the Gospel affecting individuals, their communities, and larger social systems (i.e., government). Therefore, our core values address life holistically.

Teamwork – We have different gifts, but we work together in community because we believe in partnerships with Christ as the head. We are collaboratively one body with many parts that need each other. Rom. 12:4-6

Pursuit of Excellence – We see our job as a calling to minister therefore we seek to do it in a way that glorifies God, using our talents to achieve quality standards and developing people in their fields. We value sacrificial service that is, giving more than we receive. Col. 3:23-24

Stewardship – We will be accountable to God and our Board of Directors, and we will be mutually accountable to each other for our time, talents and treasure. We seek to provide a good return on the investment our donors have made in “The stone that the builders rejected” Ministries.

Relationships – We care for and about people, and we will invest the time and energy required to maintain good relationships. Relational ministry with those we serve and with each other is a theme throughout all aspects of “The stone that the builders rejected” Ministries.
Col. 3:12-14

Teachability – We seek to grow in humility, keeping an open heart and mind to
improvement. We strive to give God the glory for any success, and not be consumed with whom gets the credit. Is. 50:4-5

Transformation – We believe in personal, family and community transformation. We want to be agents for change on all three levels, (mind, body, and spirit) using the power of the Gospel as the basis.
2 Cor. 3:18

Discipleship – We seek to be disciplined learners and followers of Jesus Christ,
maintaining a steadfast commitment to the Lord. Luke 14:33 “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple”. Rom. 6:4 “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life”.

We can't do everything but we do everything we can!

"Love others!" Jesus summed up all of God's commandments with two of them:
To love God, and love your neighbor as yourself. This is what we call the "Law of Love."

We can and should fulfill the Law of Love by going out of our way to help others. "Who is my neighbor?" they asked Him. And with the story of the Good Samaritan, He tried to show them that it is anyone who needs our help, regardless of their race, creed, color, nationality, or condition!
Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

We try to give people the scriptural foundation and understanding of the basic principles of the Law of Love that they should love God and love others. The main purpose of this is to motivate them to put love into action in their daily lives by reaching out to the needy. Another aim is to inspire people to fulfill their God-given responsibilities regarding giving and helping others.

By joining together people from all walks of life who are interested in redeeming the community, we believe that we are marrying together something that represents the bigger Kingdom of God -- incarnational leaders who actually move into the neighborhood, indigenous leaders who already live there, and neighbors who "move in" spiritually through prayer, encouragement and financial support.

Our primary objective is to rebuild, rehabilitate, and empower people into becoming tax paying, hard working citizens that contribute to their community. And to do this we need “A hand up, and not a hand out”!

What we say and do to encourage each other or to help each other through the good times and bad, can easily make the difference in whether or not we have a good day or a good week. It can sometimes be a key in the success or failure of an idea, a plan or a project. I’m sure we can all think of times when someone has encouraged us, and hopefully we can all think of something we recently said or did that was an encouragement to someone else.

Von Goethe said, “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” The Centre for Confidence and Well-Being reports that Professor Barbara Fredrickson has studied and developed a theory of positive emotion which indicates that positive emotion has the capacity to encourage well-being and “human flourishing.” She says that when we are experiencing positive emotions, we are able to build personal resources to help us cope with adversity, undo the affects of stress, and encourage resilience.

So go out there and encourage someone today! You might just be surprised to find out that you are encouraged because you encouraged someone else. We all need it... the Bible says to do it (“encourage one another daily” Heb 3:13) ... and who knows, you might just make a difference in another person’s life!

God bless,

Mission Statement

Our mission is to restore homeless people with their dignity, self-respect, and self-worth. We do this by providing them with housing and employment. There’s an old proverb that says

”Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime”

We at the Stones That the Builders Rejected Street Ministry embrace this philosophy wholeheartedly. Instead of a hand out, we give them a hand up! Thereby, providing people with the tools necessary to sustain housing and employment. We receive no government grants or funding. We are solely supported by private, corporate, and individual donations.


Street Ministry

We are non-denominational and we believe in living like Jesus and His disciples lived, not just talking about it, not just preaching it, but living it! In other word’s, making a difference in the lives we touch. We are not your traditional “Ministers” in the legalistic sense. We know that God meets you wherever you’re at and in whatever state you’re in. We have not arrived and we are all arriving. Jesus hung out with and dwelled with the lowly, the dejected, the sinners, the homeless. We come from the street and went back to the streets to reach out and touch people right where they are. Not where we think they should be! We are not God. We love and accept them all unconditionally. Sin merely means to miss the mark. We all do that based on Romans 3:23. And we mean that in the most basic sense.

Religion without compassion and love is not of GOD. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for that. We at “The Stones That the Builders Rejected Street Ministry” all come from the gutter and are living, breathing, walking testimonies of the power of GOD!

We are educated and talented in various areas. But the best degree we have is in “Surrender 101″! And we are all at different stages of that too. We stay out of God’s way and let Him show up and show out!

Check out our Blog@ http://www.thestonesthatthebuildersrejected.wordpress.com/


Email-thestonesthatthebuildersrejected@comcast.net

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Office-(217) 960-1395

1 comment:

Socrotiff said...

Sis, thank you so much for sharing this awesome organization with the internet world. As I read about “The Stones that the Builders Rejected organization, I could not help but feel moved, and to be honest convicted. I wonder, what am I doing to make a difference, and can I do more? I too, feel as the creators of this organization that believe the church is outside of the building, and that God is moving us to do more within our own communities. I wish I had an answer for my niece when she asked why the homeless have no homes. My prayer is that I can become a change agent and make a difference in the lives of the people who are often called God’s forgotten ones. If they ever decide to do something in the Atlanta area, please contact me.