Unity in the Church and with God is God’s all time purpose.
1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. KJV
1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. NLT
A healthy Church must have a clear Vision, a clear Purpose, a clear Mission and a clear Product. A good Structure and a good System must be in place. A good management must be established to run the system effectively. Then Church Unity (living in harmony with each other. No divisions in the church. Being of one mind, united in thought and purpose) is born. Church health is established and Effective Church Growth is ignited.
A true Church based ministry is born of a divine purpose from God which is to be fulfilled by a God given vision. This God given vision is to be actualized by a God given mission which is to be attitudinized or cultured by a God given product.
This product must translate into the language, culture of the particular Church via enforcement of order and the running of the system withing the frame of the structure where the members think the same thing and speak the same thing.
This is what Apostle Paul was saying when he said “to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”
Vision is the God divinely inspired assignment, mandate, task that is given the particular Church to do.
Purpose is the reason for this vision. That which doing the vision is to fulfill.
Mission is the pursuit, the how to and the actualization, the doing of this vision.
Product is the attitude that characterized this mission, the doing of this vision. The very feelings that exudes in the whole Church. What people feel when they come in contact with the Church and any member of the Church that makes them want to belong and remain.
Jesus had a Vision to build his Church. This is his task, assignment.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. KJV
Jesus had a Purpose to reap the harvest of souls to the kingdom of God.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. KJV
Jesus was on a Mission going everywhere teaching, preaching and healing.
Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Jesus had a Product, He loved and care for everyone.
John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
A Church based ministry must be in order, well structured, system driven, characterized with a God given product, on a God given mission to accomplish a God given vision, to fulfill a God given purpose.
*I see you commanding your situations. *See you at the top.
*Rev Ham Ola.