Hope in a Glorious Bride
We believe the Church will successfully fulfill Christ’s great commission to make disciples of all nations, which means the nations will be transformed.(Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 John 5:14-15; Is. 54:3-5; Is. 60)
We work to leave a legacy and inheritance for future generations. we long for the Lord’s return, yet we don’t know when He will come; therefore, we have a long-term vision.(Prov. 13.22; Is. 9:6-7; Is. 2:4; Is. 11:5-7; Matt. 25:14-29; Rev. 12:11)
We are not looking to escape the world but to see Christ’s victory manifested in individuals and nations even in the face of resistance and conflict.(Luke 10:2-3; Matt. 28:18-19; Phil. 3:12-14; Heb. 12:1-3; Rev. 11:15)
The Church is called to overcome at all times—in times of suffering and persecution and in times of prosperity and great influence.(John 16:33; Ps. 188:6; Is. 41:10; 1 John 4:4; Is. 54:17; Ps. 34:19)
What does it look like?
We refuse to partner with a gospel where the devil is empowered and we have no responsibility or supernatural ability to bring change.(1 John 5:14-15; Matt. 10:8; Matt. 16:19; Matt. 18:18-19; John 20:23)
We remember the testimonies of what God is doing and “celebrate Him” to do it again! Gen.(22:14; Josh. 4:1-8; Judges 6:24; Rev. 19:10; Rev. 12:11; Ps. 119:2, 111)
We serve and encourage fathers and mothers and build cultures of honor and empowerment.(Acts 2:42-27; Rom. 12:10; John 13:34; Luke 10:1-21)
We equip others to live a naturally supernatural lifestyle and change their worlds.(Luke 9:1-6; Luke 10:1-21)
We prophesy, focusing on building and not destroying.(Luke 9:53-55; 1 Cor. 14:3; Rom. 14:19)
We see every obstacle as an opportunity for Christ to bring the answer.(Ps. 34:19; Rom. 8:28-29; Is. 54:17; Deut. 31:6)
We seek God with the same amount of passion, both when we prosper and when we are poor and in need.(Prov. 8:17; Matt. 6:33; Phil. 3:13-14)
We make sure our trust is always in God and not in the prosperity and power of kings.(Prov. 23:1-3; Ps. 141:4; Matt. 6:24-26)
We are not saying…
…God is more passionate about discipling the church than He is about discipling nations.(Dan. 2; Matt. 18:19; Acts 8:26-40; Mark 16:15; Rev. 11:15)
…God is not already at work in the darkest places and nations of the world.(Ps. 139:7-12; Acts 8:26-40; Dan. 5:1-30)
…Our expression of the Kingdom stays the same and doesn’t expand into new areas of influence in the world.(Is. 9:6-7; Eph. 2:10; Hab. 2:14; Eph. 3:8-20)
…we “shine” only for the generations that we see around us and not for generations we will never encounter.(Prov. 13:22; Matt. 25:14-29; Matt. 5:14-16; John 15:16)
…we have “given up on the world” and are just waiting to go to heaven.(John 3:16; Matt. 5:14-16; Matt. 5:43-45; Matt. 5:13)
…we need to become “of the world” in order to influence it.(John 15:19; Phil. 2:15; Rev. 3:15-16; Mark 2:13-17; John 8:1-11)
…everyone in the world will love us, and there will be no persecution.(Matt. 10:22; John 15:18-27; Ps. 34:19)
…we will have no more work to do, even when a whole nation is saved.(Is. 60; Is. 9:7; Is. 2:4)
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