The Church Mandate
The Church is the Influencer
Take care that the church does not become so introverted that it only sees Sunday services, prayer meetings, small group meetings, and so on. We must return to what Jesus told His disciples. What is the church’s true mission?
According to the Bible, the Holy Spirit will guide believers into all truth. The Holy Spirit will chart the course and establish the parameters for the church’s operation. The Divine Strategist is the Holy Spirit.
The church must have an impact on everything around it. What’s in the neighborhood of the church? The church is surrounded by society, which means that the church also covers the other pillars. “You will receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you,” Jesus told the disciples (Acts 1:8). We will be receiving dunamis (dynamite). When the dynamite is detonated, it affects everything in its path.
The commission called for us to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. What geographical significance does this mandate have? Jerusalem represents your town, city, or village. Judea stands in for your country. Samaria represents your continent. The rest of the world is defined by the ends of the earth. Is politics, economics, and education/culture present in your city, country, continent, and the rest of the world?
You don’t have to look far to find where you’re going. It would help if you went to your workplace. This is where you are directed.
The church’s strength is built on its relationships (Cowan, 2011). Church members must establish connections with the world they belong to serve as bridges between their world and the church.
We must prioritize people over programs (Cowan, 2011). Moreover, let us not be too concerned about inviting people from work to church events when our relationships with coworkers are superficial. We must prioritize people. Also, we learn to care for and serve our fellow believers in the church. Let us bring this servant’s heart to the workplace so they can experience what it is like to be a part of a church community.
Contribute to your workplace in ways that go beyond your job description. More so, you are a representative of both Jesus and your church. Next, needs must be met. If your employer does not see you contributing, they will doubt the worth of your church membership. Finally, they will wonder what the true impact of the church is in your life because they cannot see it.
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