Terry R Baughman is Lead Pastor for LifeChurch in Gilbert, AZ. See his complete bio at trbaughman.com
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Ready the Crew
RELEASE — empowered to rise
Terry R. Baughman
“It shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh” (Acts 2:17 NKJ).
Most great feats were not accomplished alone. Many laborers working together create architectural wonders and magnificent monuments of artistry. Collaboration results in works of collective wisdom. The joint efforts of a multitude of people produce freeway systems, grand canals, or spanning bridges over great waters. United efforts have put astronauts on the moon and launched space exploration to distant planets. While some incredible things have been done by a single person, the cooperation between many produces exponentially more than anyone can do alone.
Solomon wrote, “A triple-braided cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT). He indicated the strength of unity and the value of being knit together in harmony. Jesus taught, “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you” (Matthew 18:19 NLT). God has respect for those who will join together in agreement for a greater cause.
The power of unity was displayed in the Upper Room after the ascension of Jesus. Luke wrote, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1, 4 NKJ). Peter stood up “with the eleven” to address their questions and explain the phenomena (Acts 2:14). Even the ministry of Peter became more powerful when delivered in unity with the other apostles and the complement of the Holy Spirit. It was God’s desire and purpose that the church be unified, that all believers become one with the Father. Jesus’ prayer was that we all may be one, “Just as you and I are one” (John 17:21 NLT).
The mission of the church was never intended to be limited to just a few outstanding Christians to lead the masses, but rather a self-replicating organism that embraces and empowers each one with the same potential to become filled with the purpose of God. In Christ every believer becomes a disciple who becomes a “discipler!” The commission was Jesus’ directive, “Go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19 NLT).
Jesus initiated the plan, “I will build my church,” but it was not birthed in isolation. The church emerged from an Upper Room in a crowd of 120, out into the public square where thousands embraced the Gospel, and thousands more were added within days. This massive multiplication is Christ’s pattern and plan for world expansion of His kingdom. The incredible end-time revival will not be limited to a single location or awarded to isolated individuals, but will burst forth with spontaneous generation in a million places.
God is bringing us together. He would have us be one. God is calling true Christ-followers to unite, to set aside personal differences and embrace the mission of Jesus. It is time to get together for the cause of revival. Assemble the volunteers. Ready the crew. Prepare the believers. Everyone must be on the same page and united for a singular purpose. We are ready for a launch like we’ve never seen before.
A holy passion stirs within our hearts and a united vision brings us together to be the church of latter day revival. At the appropriate time there will be a united release, a forward lurch into a glorious revelation of spiritual renewal. Get ready for the release!
“Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NLT).