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Voyage is a community that is thriving in intimate relationship with the God who created us and dearly loves us.

What does it mean to thrive at Voyage?


A thriving relationship with God begins when we turn from our sins and trust in Jesus' substitutionary death as the means by which God wants to forgive us for our sins. When we make the decision to "turn and trust", God takes up residence in our lives and that is when the amazing process of moral transformation begins! We cannot help but thrive spiritually if we diligently cooperate with God’s "inner-stirrings", i.e., his leading, his "loving whispers", his comfort, his encouragement, and also his loving warnings, conviction and rebukes which stir in us a healthy fear of God's judgment against sin (for more on this, see the article “Becoming a Christ follower” under the “i’m on the Voyage” tab above).

In our Gatherings we have learned that as God calls out to us through his word (the Bible), our hearts are strangely stirred and we long to respond to God in some way. So we have positioned our Bible messages at the beginning of our Gatherings followed by plenty of time to respond to God’s voice through songs of praise, commitment and thanksgiving.

We do not see our Bible messages as the focal point or apex of our Gatherings, rather our messages serve to prepare our hearts for an intimate encounter with God as we sing his praises and commit our lives to him. 

Thriving spiritually at Voyage also has to do with spiritual disciplines such as our monthly community fast. We encourage Voyagers to participate in spiritual disciplines such as Bible reading, study, memorization and meditation; in prayer, fasting, silence and solitude. By involving ourselves in these powerful disciplines, both individually and as a community, 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