Jesus declared, “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18 KJV). These words reveal that Christ’s church is on the move in enemy territory. The gates of hell shall not withstand the attack of the church. “I will build” marks the advancement of Christ’s kingdom and agenda. It will occur because the Lord of the universe has said it.
In this picture, who is on the offense? The church! Christ conquered the fear of death at the cross and death itself at the resurrection. He now is King of heaven and earth. Satan is on the defense.
As part of God’s army, we do not fight with swords, guns, or bombs but with truth, beauty, and justice. We do not advance by ship or in tanks but on our knees and in humble service. As each Christian takes his place of deployment, he is to plant the banner of Christ.
The church, in our generation, has a mindset that Satan is on the offensive and the church is on the defensive. This mentality is exactly opposite from the teaching of the Scripture and is creating a defeatist mentality in the church. We need to be reminded of who won the battle of the cross and who won the battle over death. Christ and his kingdom will continue to advance until his triumph is completed.
Pastor Mark Dean from Texas, USA explains his view on vocation:
All Work is Worship from Disciple Nations Alliance on Vimeo.
Pastor Jairo Diaz from Colombia explains what it means to live coram deo--before the face of God:
Pastor Jairo Diaz at LifeWork Gathering 2012 from Disciple Nations Alliance on Vimeo.
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