An Apostolic Understanding – Part Fifty-Five

We are talking about the Kingdom “environment” that must be established in an area to really impact it for the Kingdom and enable a church to become effective in reaching the lost. We are citizens of another Kingdom – another culture

John 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

It is really not about what you do … visit, feed, clothe, share, witness. What you do changes with each situation, location, culture and other religions also do all of these things.. It is all about who you are and who you become – Kingdom-minded. Then you are ready to face whatever a rapidly changing culture (or a country) can and will throw at you. You fit into the culture as leaven in the loaf / quiet, personal, slow, deep.

The disciples became Kingdom people and spread the movement / the Kingdom to every corner of their world

This is what Jesus did

He chose 12 men with whom He build a solid relationship
He helped them, in 3 years, to know who they were and seeded what was needed to bring about who they became
He instilled a Kingdom DNA and a movement mentality
Today: Jesus still wants people who will leave methods and meetings as well as programs and catch “movement”

People who will recapture authentic Kingdom culture
Kingdom culture: Disciples who make disciples

Church today:

When you are part of a sinking ship, you focus on the ‘life preservers’ – survival. That is what the church is doing – ‘maintenance ministry’ and not Kingdom movement. The measure of “Kingdom Movement” is the number of new disciples being raised up. Jesus began a movement with 12 normal, uneducated men who were in normal worldly activities. Each was invited: “Come, follow Me.”

He asked them, invited them, to sacrifice what they were (fishermen, tax collector, farmer) for what / who they could become. He did not explain what they were suppose to do
He nurtured them to become citizens of the Kingdom and deposited the Kingdom DNA into them. It was a process of ‘invitation’ and then ‘challenge’

Invitation: “Come hang out with Me and catch the Kingdom culture”                                                                                                                                                                                                           Challenge: “Go, multiply yourself, just as I imprinted you, imprint others”

This is a “go slow – Go deep” method…The Kingdom approach is so different than the Church mentality, The Church mentality – gather a crowd and grow a church / getting the leader known

The Kingdom DNA – You don’t work to understand it – you receive it as you come to really know the real Jesus

It is transformational
It is radically different than the way we function as ‘church’
It takes courage to embrace – not the absence of fear but the absence of self
It is about being a servant
“Take up your cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24)
It is vastly different than the way the world operates
The Kingdom culture is so different than the world’s culture
It is other-worldly
That is what makes it so attractive, intriguing, refreshing . And, this is why it is attracting young people today when the Church is not.