Welcome to the Florida Organic Greenhouse Web site! It is our prayer that many will join us as we focus on planting the seed of Christ in our local communities and join Christ in His mission of reaching the lost and making disciples.
Special message from Jonathan Grubbs:
This site launched in January of 2010 as a result of my spiritual journey over the previous six years since the Lord called me out of the legacy church, where I had been serving as the youth pastor for over five years. The Lord has been teaching me about what it means to “be the church” outside of the walls of the traditional church. Just like “organic food” is all natural food free from man made additives and preservatives, “organic church” is church without all the man made additives and preservatives.
Here is a little comic I found online that shows what we have done to church over the years by adding all of our man made additives and preservatives: http://www.sheepcomics.com/strips/LionCros/nobody.htm
In our movement we define Church as “the presence of Jesus among His people called out as a spiritual family to pursue His mission on this planet.” At it’s simplest form organic church is members of the Body of Christ living out the following commandments of Christ daily:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”
Some call it simple church and some call it organic church, but what I have learned is that where the “DNA” of Christ is present among people, there is church.
“D” – Divine Truth — our commitment to live out a life following Jesus & the Scriptures in today’s world
“N” – Nurturing Relationships — our mutual love for one another as a spiritual family
“A” – Apostolic Mission – our common mission on this planet
I like what Neil Cole wrote about this on the CMA Resources Web site:
The DNA of the church can be simplified to three things, namely, divine truth, nurturing relationships, and apostolic mission. They are needed in every part of the church, from its smallest unit to its largest.
• Divine Truth. Truth comes from God. It is the revelation of God to humankind. This comes from the Son, the Spirit, and the Scriptures. The Son (Jesus) is both God and human and came to reveal to us in his person what God is like and what God requires. The Scriptures were authored by God and reveal God’s unfolding plan for humanity. The Spirit of God is also Divine Truth, since he brings revelation and direction to believers.
• Nurturing Relationships. Humans were never created to be alone. We are social creatures and have an intrinsic need for relationships. Our relational orientation is a reflection of the image of God in us. God Himself is relational and exists in a community—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is love because God is relational. To the Christian, God is love because he has always existed in relationship. Is love possible without someone to love? This should be the defining characteristic of our faith. All men should know that we are Christ’s disciples by the love that we have for one another.
• Apostolic Mission. Apostolic means that someone is sent as a representative with a message. We are here for a purpose. We have been given a prime directive to fulfill—to make disciples of all the nations. This part of us also comes from the nature of God. Jesus is an Apostle. He is the Chief Cornerstone of the apostolic foundation. Before he left this planet, he sent his disciples into the world with a mission.
You can click here to read more about The DNA of Christ from Neil Cole.