Over the past five weeks, we've gotten exceedingly clear on the work of the Jesus Community and, therefore, the work of The Open Door Community. In Matthew 28, Jesus says this:
Because I've beat sin and death, I am The Authority! With authority I send you to make disciples...I send you to reproduce My life in the lives of others...I send you to cultivate followers of Me here, near, and far. Here's what that discipleship/reproduction/cultivation will look like: full immersion into the God-Life in community with others; teaching, instruction, & demonstration; and accountability. And don't worry, while my physical presence will be no more, I'll be with you in Spirit as I dwell within and among.
In Matthew 28, Jesus, the One Whose idea is the Church (Acts 1:8), who gave Himself up for Her (Ephesians 5:25), and who promises to build Her (Matthew 16:18), identifies our work this way:
"Participate with My Spirit in Cultivating Followers of Jesus."
Put another way, Jesus tells us to join with Him in the holistic development of men and women who are immersed in the God-Life through becoming Rooted in Christ, Woven Together as Family, Extenders of Sacrificial Love, and Cultivators of Others who be and do the same.
Read on to discover the language around each of these four elements:
Rooted in Christ :: Jesus is our source of life. Abiding in Him, we flourish; Apart from Him, we fail to thrive. Rooting in Christ is OUR START POINT. (Genesis 1-2; John 15)
When & How have you consistently experienced the Power and Presence of God in the everyday?
Woven Together as Family :: We were created in Community, by Community, for community. We flourish when we exist in a submitted relationship with God and in mutually submissive relationships with each other. Being Woven Together as Family is OUR CONTEXT. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 12:1-3; Matthew 6:9; John 1:11-12; John 17:20-23; Ephesians 4:1-6)
How is Jesus inviting you to eagerly pursue unity?
Extending Sacrificial Love :: Jesus lives His life in and through us. His life, and, therefore, our lives are defined by the posture of the cross and has the flourishing of others as its end. Extending Sacrificial Love is OUR WAY of LIFE. (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 3:16-18)
In whose power & in what posture are you living?
Cultivating Others To Be & Do the Same :: Our work is to participate with the Holy Spirit in reproducing the life of Jesus in the lives of others. Cultivating others is OUR MISSION. (Matthew 4-10; Luke 10; Matthew 28:16-20; 1 Corinthians 11:1)
Who is Jesus inviting you to be cultivated by, to cultivate with, to cultivate?