This is a followup to a previous post, 7 Things We’ve Learned in Seven Years. By this shall all men know you are my disciples in that you have love one for another. The seventh and final (for now) principle is that…
We must connect, communicate and collaborate as churches and the church.
The meta-narrative of the entire Bible is to see the earth filled with mankind populating the earth in a loving relationship with God and one another. The first commandment given to mankind was to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.
Mankind rebelled against God, and instead of a multiplying movement of image bearers filling the earth sin entered into the world and death by sin to all mankind.
“The meta-narrative of the entire Bible is to see the earth filled with mankind populating the earth in a loving relationship with God and one another.”
Praise God, Jesus the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world came in the fullness of time to redeem all mankind from the curse of sin.
This redemption of every tribe, nation, language and tongue is meant to be accomplished through His redeemed children, the body of believers, from micro ( smallest expression ) to macro ( largest expression ) of churches and the Church. Please do not quibble over the word here: You can say or think Ekklesia or whatever word helps you to see and understand God’s kingdom purpose coming on earth as it is in heaven.
The 7th and final principal is that we (followers of Jesus/ disciples) must, all in love and unity, connect, communicate and collaborate as churches and the Church until the whole world knows.
Our enemy, Satan always has and always will seek to lie and divide us from this work by pitting us against one another.
“Satan always has and always will seek to lie and divide us from this work by pitting us against one another.”
Jesus, in John 17, prays three times ostensibly for the same thing. First, for the 11 that they might be one, that the world might know the Father has sent the Son. Notice God’s heart and purpose is for the whole world to know through the obedience of eleven that Jesus has poured himself into for a few short years. Our Lord prays for all that will believe because of their obedience, again to be one with Him and the Father that the world might know the Father has sent the Son. The final time our Lord cries out to the Father that all of us everywhere as redeemed image bearers and spiritual families from homes, to communities, to cities, to regions, to nations, to the world every people group every place might dwell together in perfect unity again that the world might know the Father has sent the Son.
Oh God, hear our cry: We long to be one with you Lord Jesus and with you our Heavenly Father! Please God, knit our hearts together in perfect unity that we from that posture would be the local, national and global expression of almighty God as your workmanship, on earth as it is in heaven, that your glory may cover the earth as the water covers the sea. Lord, connect us relationally together and help us to communicate using all the tools you have given us to redeem. And may we co-labor/collaborate in fulfilling your commandment to reach everyone, everywhere.
“Oh God, hear our cry: We long to be one with you Lord Jesus and with you our Heavenly Father!”