The Awakening Church is a group of sincere Christians (followers of Jesus Christ) who meet together weekly with the main purpose of loving God with all their heart and loving one another. The Awakening Church meets weekly for a Sunday morning service at 10:30 AM on 66 Third Street, Suite 205, in Dover, NH and throughout the week in people's homes. Our purpose in gathering is to worship God, grow up spiritually, and to serve and love one another. The title "the Awakening" is a title we have placed on ourselves to identify our heart and vision - to experience a spiritual awakening in our hearts and lives.
For those of you who are not Christians, yes we are a church, but do not let the word "church" scare you for we might not be what you think. Maybe you have tried "church" or the "Jesus thing" before, only to be burnt by church or a person who claimed to be a Christian. Or maybe you found a group of people who were hypocritically judgmental, stuck up, religious (in the bad sense of the word), arrogant, insensitive to others, ignorant and sheltered, and rude. Or maybe you were part of a church that was irrelevant and not practical to your life, but out of touch with reality, predictable, and boring. So now the word "church" brings up all these negative thoughts, feelings, wounds, fears, and images. But don't let that stop you from checking out an Awakening Church service for this is not who we are. Although we are not 100% sinlessly perfect, we do try our very best, with God's help, to represent Jesus Christ in all that we do both during the Sunday morning church service and outside of the church service 24/7 with our lives. We are not into hype, putting on a "religious show or performance," and promoting the church, but rather promoting the God and head of the church - Jesus Christ.
At the Awakening Church, our first and foremost passion is the Gospel (or good news) of Jesus Christ and His kingdom (His rule and reign), and second people. The Awakening Church is all about relationships, first with our creator God, and second with one another. We do not proclaim religion (in the negative sense of empty rituals and lip service with no heart), but a relationship with Jesus for He is our Lord (or master), Savior and best friend. And we strive to make a significant positive change in our community, family, church, govenrment, work, in all our relationships, and wherever we go. We do our best, by God's grace, not to be hypocritically judgmental, mean, religious, or arrogant, but instead loving, honest, kind, real (no plastic smiles allowed), and humble. We are also passionate for having exciting services where God manifests His presence and power in real and life changing ways each week, rather than having services that are boring, predictable, and stale. So come just as you are and experience through faith in Jesus the forgiveness of sins, salvation, love, joy, peace, hope, security, and true meaning and purpose found only in Jesus Christ.
For those who are Christians, if you are spiritually hungry and thirsty for more of God and to go deeper in Him, than you will fit right in with the Awakening Church. The Holy Spirit is creating a spiritual dissatisfaction in many Christians who are longing for something more that they have not yet known. Here, at the Awakening Church we long to receive so much more that God desires and provided for us to walk in experientially. We long for the very fullness of God and to connect with His heart intimately. We desire to see the ideal of the Scriptures become a practical reality and experience in our lives 24/7. Our vision is to see the New Testament book of Acts church in the 21st century. We are desperate to see another Pentecost-like outpouring of the Holy Spirit as was seen in the book of Acts. Our heart's cry is to experience a spiritual awakening, revival, reformation, renewal, restoration, and revolution that would begin in our hearts in the local church and then spread throughout our community and nation, and ultimately to the ends of the earth. As holy radicals (radical in a biblical way that God sees as normal), we want to see a Jesus revolution (not in violence or with arms but with the Word and prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit) as we take the Gospel to both the lost and the least (the poor and needy).
The aim of our church services is to first and foremost worship God and to give glory to Him. Second we seek to encounter God's manifest presence and see His kingdom advance on earth so that we will be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. We long to grow spiritually and live holy lives in obedience to God in all that we do. We plan our services and everything we do in such a way where Jesus, not man, truly is the head of His local church not just in theory, but also in practice. The services have order but in the end, all of man's plans are open to being changed as the Holy Spirit is given full freedom to move as He wills. We do not want to "play church" but rather be the church. We resolve to be the triumphant and victorious church that Jesus called, equipped, enabled, and gave up His life for us to be.
Perhaps you are frustrated with the status quo and much of the American church that has so often preached a watered down, fruitless, spineless, and powerless Gospel, that has compromised with lukewarm and worldly living, and where truth is set aside for entertainment and amusement. If so, then the Awakening Church might just be what you have been praying and looking for. We do not believe the solution in seeing the American church today being so dry, predictable, and spiritually dead, is to stop going to a local church (see Hebrews 10:25), but rather to experience church the way God intended biblically as is seen in the New Testament. We see there local churches that loved and feared God, experienced the fullness of the Holy Spirit, were connected and united, truly loved and served one another, gave glory to God in all things, lifted up Jesus, advanced and manifested the Kingdom of God on earth, were agents of change and healing, displayed God's grace and freedom, were bold in their witness, lived pure and holy lives, and walked in victory and miraculous power and authority. This is our heart's desire for the Awakening Church. So come out and visit one of our services (we recommend you visit at least three of our services) and meet our church family. Our style is non-religious, non-hyped (but passionate), and real/authentic. At the Awakening Church you will hear the whole counsel of God's word preached with anointing, power, and conviction, find the Holy Spirit moving freely, passionate praise and worship, all the gifts of the Spirit encouraged and exercised, one big loving family (all ages are welcomed) that truly loves and connects with one another (where no one stands alone), the name of Jesus lifted up, and God's supernatural power in operation! We look forward to seeing you and hope you find a group of ordinary people who truly love an extraordinary God and one another.
Chris, Nicole, Josiah and Jonathan Dubois
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