There are a group of us participating in a Home Study, “THE TRUTH PROJECT“.
The study itself is called a “World View Tour”. We are told that “there is no direction you can travel that God has not spoken”. It teaches the Christian World View from twelve areas and disciplines:
8. “Unio Mystica” – Am I alone?
10. The American Experiment
Each week’s lesson is called a “Tour” of one of the twelve “tours” or disciplines.
The first Tour started by asking the question, “Why did Jesus come into the world?”. Jesus answers that question in John 18:37,
“Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Which brings us to the Cosmic Battle: TRUTH vs THE LIE which has been raging since the very beginning of time. And, Jesus said, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Those who say they are Christians, but do not do as Jesus said, are liars and do not follow Him.
Jesus gave Peter these marching orders: Matthew16:18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
We are still in this Cosmic Battle. It is not just defensive. We are on the offense and crashing the gates of hell.
Which brings me to the point, if we are FOLLOWING JESUS, where is He telling us to go and what are our “Marching Orders”?
1. Jesus said we are to follow Him. Have His mindset. We are to do The Works He has done and even greater Works. We are to be going and making disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to observe and do all He has commanded us. (Follow: Matthew 4, 8, 16, 19, John 12. Have His mind: Philippians 2:5. Do His works: John 14:12. Make disciples: Matthew 28:19)
2. We are to gird ourselves up with Spiritual Armor and stand strong. We are in a spiritual Battle which is being fought in the Heavens and is being played out on the earth through men and women. The origins and spiritual but the manifestation of the battle are real and deadly. (Ephesians 6)
THE CAMP OF GOD’S SPIRITUAL ARMY
A. The Camp: The prayer warriors, planners and doers of the Word, deacons and pastors. Those who don’t mind (would prefer) to be in the background, working without notice, helping. Praying, encouraging, protecting, planning, supporting, serving, building up the Body.
Pastors, Deacons – Poymane-Diakonos (poy-mane’- dee-ak-on-eh’-o)
B. The Front Lines: The evangelists, teachers, preachers and front line workers. Those who don’t mind being in view and out-front, taking the heat and standing strong with the support of the prayer warriors. Preaching the Gospel, teaching everything Jesus taught, prophesying the truth, calling out evil, casting down strongholds.
The Evangelist, Preacher, Teacher – Euaggelistes- kerux- didaskalos (yoo-ang-ghel-is-tace’- kay’-roox- did-as’-kal-os)
C. These are the guards of the camp: These are ones who will defend the camp, using force, if necessary. These are called the “Army of God” – 1 Chronicles 12:22. Defending the Body, apologists, warriors, self sacrificing for the good of the Church.
The Army of God. ‘Elohiym-machaneh (el-o-heem’- makh-an-eh’
THE MISSION’S MULTI-PRONGED ATTACK PLAN
Reach – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Teach – “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Send -Jesus said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
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Your Brother and Friend,