Because I am blessed by relating with such wonderful brothers and sisters in the Kingdom, I get the benefit of numerous expressions on a daily basis. When I run across certain things sometimes, I often say to myself, “Self, I wish you would’ve thought of that or were able to express it that way.”
Quickly moving past the envy, I then get to read, meditate and assimilate the Christ in my bros/sisters the hope of glory! It is always enriching and meaningful to gratefully receive and properly appreciate His expressions as they flow through His People.
We are learning and will continue to learn that Father has designed to reveal Himself corporately in the most powerful ways.
With all that being said, I now present to you a post that I wish I would’ve been able to express in precisely the fashion in which is was given. It encapsulates perfectly what we have experienced over the past 15 years and continue to grow in as we pursue Father’s heart.
In this case, such words of wisdom and grace flow through a brother who has been pursuing Kingdom longer than I’ve been alive. Don Atkin, whose post I hijacked just the other day, once again provides the content for this post. My prayer is that you are as blessed and encouraged to pursue Him by this word as much as I was!
Keep your peace!
A Consummate Community
by Don Atkin
A consummate community loves, learns and lives life together (not necessarily communally) with Christ in their midst. Miraculously, He abides in each member of the community individually and, at the same time, shepherds the expression of the body in oneness.
A consummate community is made up of children, young, and old—some in the Outer Court, some in the Holy Place, and some in the Holy of Holies. Some only recently experienced new birth (Passover); some experience receiving power from on high (Pentecost); and still others are enjoying His abiding presence (Tabernacles). All are parts of God’s household, a temple of God.
A consummate community gives priority to the New Commandment of Jesus, “that you love one another, even as I have loved you,” and His Great Commission, “make disciples of all the nations,” believing that the balancing of these two priorities together is the fulfillment of His will for His church.
A consummate community learns how to function together as the Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts among them and provides anointed equippers who are graced to draw forward and upward each and every individual into a shared love life with connectedness and divine purpose.
A consummate community is meant to enjoy interacting with other local communities within their geo-political sphere for the purpose of broadening and deepening both their resources and their outreach potentials for the sake of the kingdom.
A consummate community is overseen, nurtured, protected and cared for by elders who are interrelated with other elders throughout the city/region, assuring that the entire body reflects the oneness of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so that the world may believe that the Father sent the Son.
A consummate community manifests the rule of Christ as King so that the government and peace of God will increase in, among and through the believers, and the kingdom will become more and more an experiential reality.
A consummate community is to reveal the apostolic vision and purpose made known in Christ and revealed to His holy apostles and prophets.
[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will.
A dysfunctional church cannot fix a dysfunctional world.