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Winning is Not Passively Waiting

November 30th, 2009 No comments

Christ’s ascension gives us another clue as to what it means for the Church to win. The Scriptures reveal something very special about Christ’s ascension and what He expects us to be doing until He returns:

“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” (Hebrews 10:11-14)

Notice what Jesus did: He sat the down. His cry on the cross, “It is finished,” now reaches its ultimate fulfillment as Jesus, our priest, takes His seat. The atonement has been made and our redemption is secured. Jesus now sits in the position of ultimate authority. Paul writes, “[God raised Christ] from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet (Ephesians 1:20-23)

So now what? What is our response to this amazing truth? This passage tells us, “Since that time (the time of His exaltation) he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. How will this happen? How will Christ’s enemies become His footstool?

Here is where our identity as the Church begins to emerge. Our job is to bring the Kingdom to earth by preaching the good news about our Great King and by extending His Lordship over all creation! We are not passively waiting for Christ to do this by Himself. While we recognize the complete subjection of every enemy will not be fully realized until He comes, we, nonetheless, have been given the authority and power to encounter our enemy, satan, wherever and whenever we find him. This is our call and our privilege as sons and daughters of the King.

Theologian Elton Trueblood observed, “Perhaps the greatest single weakness of the contemporary Christian Church is that millions of supposed members are not really involved at all and, what is worse, do not think it strange that they are not. As soon as we recognize Christ’s intention to make his Church a militant company we understand at once that the conventional arrangement cannot suffice. There is no real chance of victory in a campaign if ninety percent of the soldiers are untrained and uninvolved, but that is exactly where we stand now.”

Winning is not merely watching or waiting. Winning means enlisting in the army and enforcing the victory of our exalted King!

Transformnation: Bringing Lordship to Life

July 1st, 2009 No comments

In his best-selling classic, How Now Shall We Live?, Chuck Colson writes, “Understanding Christianity as a worldview is important not only for fulfilling the great commission but also for fulfilling the cultural commission – the call to create a culture under the Lordship of Christ.” This is the heartbeat behind this blog – to see Christ’s Lordship impact every dimension of the created world.

The phrase “Bringing Lordship to Life” contains a dual meaning for me. The first goal is to look at life through a Christ-centered lens, seeing all of life belonging to Him, created by Him and existing to bring Him glory and joy.

The second goal is to bring this powerful reality, the Lordship of Christ, back to life. Don’t misunderstand me. It’s not that Jesus stopped being Lord. He is still firmly seated on His throne where He reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. However, our culture’s recognition of, and submission to, His Lordship is devastatingly lacking. In fact, there is a concerted effort to systematically remove even the mention of His Name from popular culture. Sadly, we do this to our own demise.

Whatever Jesus touches lives! He brings life abundantly, and this blog is dedicated to demonstrating the good news of the gospel for all of life.

Transformed people transform nations. If you are truly born again, Christ’s life in you will transform everything you touch everywhere you go. This is the grand goal before us.

I hope you will join me in bringing Lordship to life!