Voyage is a community that is thriving in intimate relationship with the God who created them and loves them dearly.
At Voyage you will have the opportunity to experience God’s presence in ways you may have never experienced before.
what does it mean to thrive at Voyage?
A thriving relationship with God begins when we turn from our sins, that is repent, and trust in the death of Jesus as the only means by which our sins can be forgiven. We continue to grow in a thriving relationship with God as we cooperate with God’s powerful work in our lives (for more on this, see the article “Becoming a Christ follower” under the “i’m on the Voyage” tab above).
We have learned in our gatherings that as God calls out to us through the truths of his word (the bible), our hearts are stirred and we long to respond to God in some way. So at Voyage we place our messages from the bible toward the start of our gatherings and then leave plenty of time afterward to respond to God’s call through songs of praise, adoration, commitment and thanksgiving.
We do not see the message from the bible as the focal point and centerpiece of our gatherings, rather it is the crucial gateway we enter in order to experience genuine relationship with God.
We believe that singing songs of praise to God is an important aspect of thriving spiritually.
During these response times, in the inspiring mood of a beautifully low-lit room, we turn our hearts toward God with joyful singing and voluntary participation in creative, interactive prayer stations placed around the room (including weekly communion).
We do not design our gatherings primarily for observation...our gatherings are designed to be interactive and participatory.
Thriving at Voyage also has to do with growing in moral purity, that is, holiness. Through the power of God operating in our lives, through our love for God and through a healthy fear of God and his judgments, true Christ followers progress from step to step in moral purity.
Lastly, thriving spiritually has to do with spiritual disciplines we will participate in both corporately and individually. We encourage people to learn about and exercise spiritual disciplines such as bible reading, memorization and meditation, prayer, fasting, silence and solitude. By involving ourselves in these powerful disciplines as a community and as individuals, we allow God to do his greatest work in and through our lives.
key 'thrive' verses in the bible:
“Listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you.” Ezekiel 3:10
“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by perseverance produce a crop.” Luke 8:15
“How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!” Psalm 147:1
“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify our hearts from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of fear for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
“We pray that you will not do anything wrong...our prayer is for your perfection...finally, brothers, farewell, be perfect.” 2 Corinthians 13:7,9,11
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 1 John 2:1,2
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:9,11
“I will meditate on your wonderful works.” Psalm 145:5
Jesus assumes that his followers will exercise spiritual disciplines when he says, “When you pray...when you fast...” Matthew 6:2,5,16