As God uproots and tears down (gently and in love) and plants and builds His Church will be formed upon the Earth. A powerful Church giving a powerful witness. A Church that is no longer preoccupied with itself, its programs, and the needs of the believers – but will focus on the mandate of the Church to win the lost and push back the spiritual darkness.
God is building His Church and it will fulfill His Great Commission telling the Good News from nation to nation unto the four corners of the Earth. All people groups (nations) of the world will hear of His glory and His offer of eternal life through His Church. This will be His Church and not man’s church. This will be a militant Church and not a complacent church. An apostolic Church and not an apathetic one. Militant to its very core and marching to the ends of the Earth; not resting if there is one person who has not heard the Gospel.
Those who belong to His Church will be called – captured – chosen – committed and commissioned. The 6 C’s of the Church that Jesus is building.
This will be a Church whose members have been:
Called – to leave spiritual darkness and sin. Called to be with Him, to walk with Him to know Him intimately. Called to live holy lives dedicated to serve the King of kings and not their own selfish desires and wishes, A new bread of believers who are truly “new creatures in Christ” and who have died to self and been raised to new life in Him.
Captured – by the Lover of their soul. I believe this is one element that is missing in the life of many who say they are born again. Jesus has never captured their soul. They have not fallen deeply and madly in love with Him. They understand the basics of the Christian faith and are attending a church on a regular basis but are not truly totally sold out for Jesus. He seems like a “good thing” and not the “only thing.” He is an addition to their life and not the center of every aspect of their life. They have not allowed Jesus to capture them. They are not captivated by Him as their Lover.
Chosen – to follow and become like Him. Once He has captured us then we choose to follow Him willingly no matter where He might lead us and what it might cost. He becomes more than Savior and Lover – he becomes Lord. The Bible says that they Holy Spirit is given to those who obey Him – so these believers will walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and see miracles, signs and wonders as they chose to listen to His voice and then chose to obey. They are chosen by God but have also chosen to follow Him of their own free will. No longer simply dating – they are now the bride of Christ and thus committed (see next “C”).
Committed to the cause of Jesus Christ and to accomplish everything He asks them to do. They are instantly obedient and obey without question. They have placed their hand to the plough and are not looking back nor are they ever planning to. Committed regardless of the personal cost to them. They have become true followers of the Lord Jesus Christ – disciples.
Commissioned – to go out and tell others about Jesus. Commissioned to fulfill the mandate He left His Church – to go into all the world and seek and save the lost. Commissioned as ambassadors of the Living God. Focused, sold-out, winning the lost regardless of the cost. Apostolic (sent out) in nature and known as “fishers of men.”
This is the Church that Jesus is building. I believe the tearing down and uprooting has begun and that He is well on His way to building His Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.
Let Jesus capture your heart, your attention and focus so that you can be a vital part of this new and powerful evangelistic force upon the face of the Earth. The Church that He is building.