Jer 29:7 NKJV And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.
There are many Scripture verses where the ideas of restoring and redeeming or saving the world are emphasized. Throughout the new Testament, restoration, reconciliation and redemption are emphasized. This is God’s purpose and agenda, to make the world a place of ‘Shalom’; meaning completeness, wholeness, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony according to the Strong’s concordance,
This is a place of love, forgiveness, justice, security, well-being, a place of blessing, of total salvation. God is manifesting the Kingdom, not only in heaven but right here on earth.
We have the privilege of being invited into this activity that God has initiated to establish his Kingdom. It is therefore not us having to plead with God, to convince him for his Kingdom to be expressed here on earth, but rather us becoming burdened with the conviction of God’s purpose and plan for the time that we are in. It is within that understanding that we pray – “let Your Kingdom come…”
In Doxa Deo we identified that the dimensions of SPIRITUAL, SOCIAL and CULTURE are the areas that we want to trust God for transformation to see His Kingdom come.
On the SPIRITUAL dimension, we endeavor to raise the percentage of people that commit themselves to journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. Every community in the world, no matter how biblically literate they might be, will have lost people.
On the SOCIAL dimension, we reach out to people experiencing breakdown of relationships, primarily within the family structure. So many components of our society affected because of the breakdown of family life. We can relate divorce, homelessness, juvenile delinquency and incarceration, sex trafficking, drug abuse, foster care, poverty, and a plethora of other challenges in society all back to the breakdown of family life.
The area that is often left untouched by the Christian community, is the dimension of CULTURE. Those characteristic features of everyday existence within the difference spheres of our society.
The Kingdom of God wants to affect every sphere of society.
We defined our world as 4 areas of health engaging 8 spheres of society:
We are called to consider our role with in society was in this very simple strategy of:
In our journey as City Changers to bring welfare to the city we propose 5 major shifts:
The implications of His finished work are REDEMPTION, RECONCILIATION and RESTORATION. We have a choice whether we approach our lives from Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, or Romans 3:24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
They do not come to a program – they are the program
From encouraging the saints to attend the service to equipping the saints for works of service.
“[Ministers are] to prepare [God’s] people for works of service”
From measuring size to measuring impact.
“‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast…mixed into…flour until it [has been] worked all through the dough’” (Matthew 13:33 NIV).
The question, “How big is your church?” should be replaced with, “What impact and influence does your church have in your community?”
Move from our ego-systems into a Kingdom eco-system
We need to Connect / Collaborate / Celebrate
From positioning ourselves against other ministries to joining hands to make a difference for the Kingdom.
“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, HCSB).
From condemning your city to blessing your city.
“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7, NIV).
From building walls to building bridges.
“‘You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world’”
(Matthew 5:13a,14a, NIV).
From being a minister in a local congregation to being a spiritual leader in a geographical region.
“As [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it”
(Luke 19:41, NIV).
From thinking of shared activity to shared outcomes.
“I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain” (John 15:16b)
When we start thinking of outcomes, we define what we want to change and then align all our activities to serve that particular goal, which can be measured and evaluated.
Framework: SPIRITUAL – lostness / SOCIAL – pain / CULTURAL – brokenness