The Church in the western world needs to be apprehended again by the Great Commission! We cannot regain a sense of mission if we disconnect from the Mission Jesus gave us (Matthew 28:18-20). While some are good at filling up buildings with people, we must go beyond this and seek the Lord to fill us up with His Spirit so that we become willing to participate in His grand plan to cover the earth with the knowledge of His glory. We are called to work with God in securing an inheritance for His Son among the nations! That’s the mission! The discipling of individuals, families, and nations happens through the followers of Christ who themselves have become disciples. Missionizing the Church begins with the training and equipping of the saints (Eph. 4:11-12). This is how disciples become disciplers. Jesus discipled the Twelve for three years. On Resurrection night, He birthed them into their identity and mission. In John 20:21-22 we read: “Peace be with you, as the Father sent Me, I also send you. He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’”. Do we realize the Church was born by the apostolic breath of the Son of God?! Jesus, the Second Adam, breathed upon His disciples in the upper room. On the morning of this same day, Jesus was raised bodily from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the evening, the breath of Christ quickened His disciples when He commanded them—“receive the Holy Spirit”. It is at this moment they experienced a spiritual resurrection, a new birth. They become full- fledged sons of God. Then they are sent by Christ. (Apostle means ‘sent one’). Their identity and mission are established at their experiential entrance into the Kingdom of God! Please also notice the common greeting Jesus gives them, i. e., ‘Shalom’ (peace). It also means ‘well-being’. The body of Christ finds its well-being when it walks in its identity as sons and daughters of Father God and when it co-missions with the enthroned Lord Jesus! Saints, we are on His Mission! His Shalom accompanies His Sending! We are an apostolic people!
FMCI ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OCTOBER 9-11 IN DENTON, TEXAS
Theme: “Recovering the Mission of the Church—Rediscovering Apostolic Momentum”
I encourage our FMCI family and friends to pray, prepare, and save these dates!
We gather again at beautiful Camp Copass. Confirmed speakers include Barbara Wentroble, Dutch Sheets, Greg Crawford, and me. Others are being invited. The team of prophets led by Tricia Miller will minister. Strategic workshops will be presented. Several Keurig coffee makers will be releasing ministry!
Registration will be available soon on our web site—www.fmci.org or by calling Dawn at 972 283 2262.
Meanwhile, have a great summer!