Welcome to "Find Your Calling" the Leap of Faith 2010. Here you will find additional resources to help you partner with us on this faith journey.
If you're new to this site, you might be asking the question "What is the Leap of Faith?"
Every year we like to set aside some time as a special season of taking on faith experiments together. This Leap of Faith is often an exciting time of seeing God at work in unexpected ways, in the lives of individuals and for our community as a whole. We usually find our faith stretched. We see many amazing answers to prayers. And we often find that the Leap of Faith sets the tone for the rest of the year in our pursuit of faith in God.
The focus of this year's Lenten season is on finding and pursuing your "calling" and how that directly ties in with a life committed to persistent leadership in the things of God. If that interests you, I highly recommend starting by reading the User's Manual, which has an in depth description of what this year's Leap of Faith is all about.
Note: This year's Leap of Faith is being run at the Greater Boston Vineyard and has several sections and dreams that are specific to that community. Feel free to substitute these with dreams of your own.
You can download the User's Manual here:
For those who are interested, we also offer a companion Bible Guide (daily) for this faith experiment. Each week will be available for download one week in advance.
The Bible has many authors and is the compilation of over 1600 years of stories of people relating to God. For thousands of years, individuals and religious groups around the world have used these stories as a way to try and connect with God. Brian Housman (our resident 'Bible Expert') compiled this year's Bible Guide for our faith experiment. The Bible Guide can be a fun way to discuss these stories together, while also providing some structured guidance in prayer and connection with God.
The Call of God (Entire Bible) -- The Bible Guide for this Leap of Faith follows the theme of "Calling" and focus on two different senses of the word:
- Receiving a calling -- having someone or something invite us into an endeavor
- Fulfilling a calling -- reaching our unique destiny
Here's an excerpt from the intro:
The Bible is fundamentally a collection of stories about people encountering God, and it seems like almost all of those stories involve this idea of calling in one way or the other. God is constantly calling human beings into life-changing, world-altering missions. Over the next six weeks, we’ll look at many moments when people first hear a call, and some when they see their calling fulfilled. We’ll ponder together why people would say ‘yes’ to the call, and why they’d be tempted to say ‘no.’ We’ll consider what kinds of missions God calls people into, how, and why. We’ll discuss why so many of the people in the Bible give up somewhere between receiving their call and fulfilling it, and why many others come to the point where they at least want to give up. We’ll consider the surprising prominence of hardship as a feature of God’s calling--and why people might choose to embrace that calling anyway. We’ll look at some amazing pictures of the satisfaction of a destiny fulfilled. And we’ll take (particularly as the six weeks come to a close in the traditional commemoration of Jesus’ imprisonment, punishment, death, and resurrection) an especially close look at Jesus as our primary example of someone who hears a calling, embraces it, pursues it, and fulfills it.
Download the Bible Guide:
On Sunday, March 14th, Blue Ocean Inc. board members shared their passions about moving forward and answered questions from members of the community.
As you know, Dave is also a pastor at the Great Boston Vineyard and is running this year's Leap of Faith in that community. Every Sunday for the next 6 weeks Dave will be giving a talk related to this year's faith experiment. If you're interested, you can listen to them here: