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What, Why, and How

Apprenticeship How?

Our deepest desire is to live all our lives by faith in the revelation of Abba's heart toward humanity and toward His Children in the Person, Presence, and Power of Jesus Christ, the One and Only Son of God. We believe we will never see the full glory of the Father without looking through the lens of the Son.

We long to be known, above all else, by the love of the Lord Jesus {Jn. 13:34-35}. As a Community of Christians, our Mission is the Great Commission {Matt. 28:16-20}: to "make disciples," not converts but Followers in the Faith, apprentices to Jesus in the Life of the Spirit, by offering hope to the hurting, acceptance to the unaccepted-- the cast-offs and cast-aways--strength for the weak, light for the lost, and redemption and restoration for the broken and the wounded.

How?

We do this through the Scriptures and the Spirit-- the strength of the Spirit and the wisdom of the Word-- for one does not work without the other.

Decades of experience in the arena of knowledge without power have proven this portion of reality over and over again. It is not enough to have knowledge. For as Paul said, "knowledge puffs up, but love builds up,"1 Corinthians 8:1. This same Apostle prayed that God through His "Spirit" would "give" the Ephesians both "wisdom and revelation" that they might "know Him" personally and powerfully {1:17}. Not just 'about Him' intellectually. Revelation, the 'revealing' or 'illumining' of what may be hidden to us, often comes to us as a deep personal guidance the Spirit gives as He leads us through the minefield of The Matrix.

We live in a world at War. And knowledge alone, no matter how accurate doctrinally, will not cut it in the Conflict. We need the presence of the Spirit of Jesus at work within us, the Resurrection Power of the Son of God surrounding our every step... or abysmal failure is soon to follow.

Now is that Time, today is the Day, to strike the chord of harmony between knowledge on one hand and power on the other, between strength and love, grace and Truth, courage and compassion. For we need these gifts from the Father, all of them, like never before. It's not an 'either-or' kind of thing; it's a 'both-and.' It might help us to turn loose of our ridiculously reductionist tendencies to view everything under the blue sky of Christendom as an 'either-or' proposition. Maybe there are a lot more 'both-ands' out there than we want to realize. And our unwillingness to acknowledge that might just be a big part of the problem.

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