THE CHURCH

Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.

LEVITICUS 26:8

 

The Church of Jesus Christ is called to impact the world. The Greek word for “church” in the New Testament (ekklesia) does not denote an institution or building—it simply means “the people of God.” Jesus said that wherever two or more meet together, He is there in the midst of them.
 
The New Testament uses the word “church” in two different ways. Sometimes it refers to the people of God gathered together in congregations—that is, our traditional idea of the local church. But other times, it means believers in general, wherever they might find themselves.
 
God calls the Church to be transformers of society through their collective influence. Jesus prayed that His Church would be unified in order for the world to respond to Him. He prayed:
 
May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17:23).
When local congregations fail to come together as a collective voice and operate instead as individual silos in their community, a door is opened for society to be given over to the evil known as secularism—a religion that says there is no God. Conversely, when the Body of Christ—the Church—puts its collective resources together to solve societal issues, our enemies of crime, poverty, sexual perversion and such will fall.
 
God is birthing coalitions of His Church among congregations in cities across the world in order to fulfill the prophecy of John 17:23. Are you willing to be a catalyst in your community to see His Church take back your city?

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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