How did Jesus fulfill God’s big dream? How did Jesus launch a rescue mission? By inviting people to follow Him and then sharing His life with them.
God has a church for His mission in the world. He has a Church to fulfill His big dream of seeing every nation, tribe, people, and language in heaven one day (Revelation 7:9-10). Yet we, as the church, have seemingly forfeited God’s big dream in three major ways. I’ll address the first one in this article, but list all three for consideration.
“How many people have decided to follow Jesus?” That can’t be right. Seeing one person make a decision to follow Jesus in the Middle East is incredibly difficult. How could 300 former Muslims have made a decision to follow Jesus in the past few months?
Boom! Crack! Pow! On December 31st, 2011, our family landed in Tel Aviv, Israel to serve as school administrators for a pre-K through 12th grade school in East Jerusalem, Israel. We were awakened later that night by the sound of fireworks, bringing in the New Year. It was hard to believe we were back overseas and would be for about the next four years.
Shellie and I have a love/hate relationship with that phrase. What is glorious deconstruction¹? It is the process God uses to deconstruct us, to make us empty so that He can fill us up and remake us in His glorious image.
Shellie’s dad asked, after she told him we would be moving to Sudan. “Sudan? Sudan? Sudan?” he kept asking, thinking he hadn’t heard her correctly. “They kill people there. Women are beat and raped there… Why would you want to go there?”