“…God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.” (Hebrews 6:3 NIV)
The contemporary church suffers from a serious identity crisis. Many Christians don’t know who they really are in Christ. Churches languish in listlessness, powerless with little influence in the world. This is about to change!
The harvest is plentiful and the coming end-time revival needs a vibrant, anointed church that is ready to receive the harvest. God’s supernatural power… —Bobby Conner
Apostle Paul prayed for the Saints, God’s holy people in Ephesus, that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened in order that they would know the hope to which Christ has called them, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength God exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, Ephesians 1:17-20
My former pastor used to say to me “You don’t know who you are.” And earnestly, I didn’t know or understand the fullness of who I am in Christ as one of His “holy people.” I’m still learning day by day as I trust in Him to reveal this to me.. It’s not just a phrase, but a spiritual truth we all need to grasp and live out day to day!
I believe when Paul wrote letters to the churches he was not only preaching the gospel, but re-enforcing their identity in Christ. In his letters he would address them as “loved by God,”God’s holy people,” “the faithful in Christ Jesus,” “faithful brothers and sisters,” “sanctified in Christ Jesus called to be holy people,” and then would thank God for them. What encouragement! They weren’t just church members or church people. They were God’s “holy people,” called to be “saints.” Member of God’s family called to a greater purpose.
God has plans for His Church, and equipping God’s people in their giftings and callings for the purpose of preparing God’s people for a divine movement of restoration that I and others prophetically sense the Holy Spirit is bringing to the Church.
The local church tends to erroneously focus on membership, worship styles, the latest technology to satisfy the flesh. Yet, the Bride of Christ must be prepared and ready for her Groom upon His return. The saints must be equipped and released to demonstrate the gospel of the Kingdom throughout the whole world.
The Book of Ephesus clearly tells us that Christ gave fivefold ministers, including apostles and prophets, to the Church for the purpose of equipping the Saints for the work of ministry. The Saints of God has a last days purpose to fulfill.
God has a purpose and destiny for every one of us. Each of us has certain things we are supposed to accomplish on this earth. I have been in ministry for 25 years, each one of you reading these posts is just as called and appointed as I am to serve God in some form Christian ministry.
As I pursue my purpose, I am trusting the Lord for more understanding and revelation concerning His purpose for His Church — the Saints. It is my hope and prayer that through the teachings of Beyond Church Walls Ministry, you will grow and pursue your destiny and purpose as Saints just as I began to do 25 years ago. I have not arrived, but I press toward the mark of the “high calling” in Christ.
May the grace, joy, and peace of God be yours through Jesus Christ our loving Lord. To Him be glory, now and forever.
Note: All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.