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49 months ago
Hope Taylor created a blog entry Awaken...
United Strategies Solve Local Problems     The year was 1973 when a gifted gospel singer named Andraé Crouch and his sister Sandra released the song “Jesus Is The Answer.” As a young believer in my late teens, the combination of their beautiful voices and simple, yet powerful lyrics ministered needed comfort to my soul. As it is with many great songs, they continue to bring hope, encouragement and faith to thousands of listeners. The chorus says: Jesus is the answer For the world today Above Him there’s no other Jesus is the way (1)   Fast forward to 2013 and Andraé’s words are still true. On the 40th anniversary of this song, America is reminded of another 40th anniversary — Roe v. Wade. It’s quite interesting that while believers segregated themselves into monasteries otherwise known as local congregations, held one another’s hands, or in some cases, lifted their hands toward heaven and sang “Jesus Is The Answer,” the well organized decision makers who drive culture were legalizing the 70s version of terrorism perpetrated on the most innocent and vulnerable among us. Peering into the 1980s, we see another stark contrast. Many sources report the late 80s as the birth of the terrorist group Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, which was led by Osama Bin Laden. Al Qaeda means “The Base” and it utilizes what is commonly known as cells to operate and carry out their evil influence around the world. In the United States, there was significant emphasis on the use of cells or small groups in the church as a model and method for ministry. Our purpose here is not to diminish or evaluate cell-based ministry, but simply to make the observation that while much of the Christian Church was clustered in cell groups, radical Islamists birthed a movement of terror and death influencing nations.       While Jesus is the answer, our generation must take calculated and bold measures to turn the direction of our culture in the United States. The disconnect from personal faith and societal stewardship rampant in past decades is over. As Apostle Paul dealt with those propagating a different or altered gospel in Galatians due to it being a counterfeit, so today those who teach the faux gospel of believers isolated from culture should receive the verdict: “Let him be accursed.”   This move from isolation to influence demands two prominent pieces church leaders must employ. The first is an emphasis on unity within cities and regions. The second is a blend of prophetic and tactical strategies. Families, communities, churches and America are in a crisis! Out of crisis a cause is born. In the midst of this crisis the people of God are presented with an opportune moment of history. God uses pressure to promote His purposes in people and people groups. As leaders and believers partner with His purpose and buy into the cooperative cause, those things many have prayed and hoped for will become reality. Let’s examine unity and strategy to gain insight, which produces influence. The original failure in the garden where God set the first family and those assigned to influence all culture as representatives of His covenant with man was not dietary in nature. Adam and Eve failed to live in unity with God and one another, and therefore fell from their position of bringing influence for good to their community. We point this out to help us count the cost of true unity so we understand that unity at its root is spiritual. The Body of Christ has seen efforts toward unity in recent history. Most will remember Promise Keepers where stadiums filled with men across the United States spread the powerful message of brotherhood and unity. We salute two well known prayer ministries — Reformation Prayer Network led by Mike and Cindy Jacobs and Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network led by John Benefiel — for their efforts to work together on prayer assignments affecting the nation. On a regional level there is a group of leaders on the Western Slope in Colorado known as the Colorado Coalition for Regional Transformation that has made measurable progress. Approximately twenty churches and ministers spanning 150 miles meet on a frequent basis for worship, prayer and cooperative efforts. This has brought Anglos, Hispanics and Native Americans into relationships and partnerships. A noteworthy accomplishment of this group is they view the region as a corporate responsibility and therefore demonstrate a significant level of cooperation.     God is calling His Church to higher levels of cooperation within communities and regions throughout America. For communication purposes, we’ll subjectively classify efforts to work together in cities and regions for the most part at the freshman level. The next two years present a window to move into at least a junior level, which is where we need to be given our cultural challenges. Serious Kingdom-based efforts toward unity will be as a modern day ark, a vessel of salvation for regions in the midst of the rising levels of economic and cultural pressures. Regions where unity has matured will be likened to the Old Testament cities of refuge, whereas regions and leaders who refuse to cooperate will be likened to what happened with Korah and his isolationist associates in Numbers 16.   Unity is a scriptural truth, but never the end goal. John 17:21 records the words of Jesus who expressed unity as a vehicle taking us toward a destination. The journey of unity among the Trinity and the Church will lead to people having faith and revelation. Therefore in our generation, unity efforts will lead to effective strategies. Success or effectiveness can no longer simply be measured by how many people participated, how “good” the worship, message or prayer time was, or if the budget was met. Success will be measured by a new standard which is, “What have our united strategies accomplished on a local level in solving community problems?” Spiritual meccas with high crime, unemployment, housing foreclosures and poverty rates are simply unacceptable. Such scenarios where thousands of believers migrate to a central location for personal spiritual pleasure for an extended period of time is typical of the 1973 atmosphere in America when we sang, “Jesus is the answer for the world today” while evil paraded down main street. The spiritual leaders of our cities are being pressed into action, armed with a firm commitment for unity, and are using their resources for the common good while employing fine tuned strategies. Here are some questions to ponder: • What is the plan of God for your city? • Who are those gifted with prophetic eyes and ears and what are they saying over your city? • What are the pressing issues confronting your region? • Who are the leaders needing to play on the team in your region? • What steps can be taken? • What strategies are needed? As we enter 2013, the stakes are higher than before. The hour is here for bold and calculated strategies to be employed by leaders who prioritize unity in each region.       Prayer Point:   Pray for those in your region who carry the mantle for unity to be emboldened for this season and assignment.                                     Action Step:   Get involved with those in your city who are working together and discover what your contribution is.       Works Cited   1) Andraé Crouch. “Jesus Is the Answer.” Light Records, 1973.                                            
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Hope Taylor updated a blog entry Leaders Out Front...

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Reformation Generation 02:11
Sermon Jam from Dutch Sheet's Reformation Generation preached at The Ramp in January 09. Whole sermon is available on iTunes....
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Hope Taylor and Billy Page are now friends
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79 months ago
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C. Peter Wagner Apostle & motivational speaker Lance Wallnau explains the origin of the 7 Mountains Mandate, in which Christians seeks to gain influen...
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