I believe that God wants to see an entire generation mobilized
to carry heaven and shift culture. They are not going to accomplish this by simply
starting more churches or ministries, but by uniting as the Body of Christ under
His voice. When it comes to unity, I feel like we have been racing to false finish
lines, merely scratching the surface of it's power in the earth.
There is a lot of pain, sickeness, fear, and disaster going on in the world right
now, but I feel like God is crafting a response to terror,
a response to sickness, and a response to fear. He is going to do this through a
generation of worshippers with a newly discovered identity and a new found permission
to advance the kingdom by shifting culture outside of the church walls.
I believe that this generation is going to carry answers to world problems
on a seriously epic scale. I feel like the generations on the earth are going to
demand justice and that Jesus is going to execute justice through them like never
before. I believe that this generation is also going to be the best lovers the world
has ever seen.
The world seems to be in chaos right now. Political parties are arguing over the
best way to fix it, but the people of God, I believe, are going to carry the answers
to chaos. In Genesis, the bible describes what took place in the beginning. The
Spirit of God hovered over the waters, it took chaos and put it into order. The
same Spirit that put chaos into order in the beginning is the same Spirit that raised
Christ from the dead, and, it is the same Spirit that lives in the followers of
Jesus. You see, when we learn to carry the presence of God, we are carrying the
limitless resources of another world, another kingdom, a higher kingdom. In the
presence of God is the potential answer to every problem that will ever exist.
We are here to put chaos into order. I believe that these answers
are going to start being revealed, but they will have to come through a generation
that carries heaven, a generation of worshippers that know Jesus and are actively
and intentionaly responding to what He is saying right now.
We want to ignite a new expression, heart, and message in an entire generation.
The kingdom is a culture (kingdom, family, etc), not an institution. I feel like
our greatest influence for the church will be outside the church service. Our biggest
goal is not to get people into a building, but to get the kingdom out onto the streets.
Church follows culture, so shifting culture could cause a bigger shift in the church
than we could imagine. As followers of Jesus, our mandate is to see redemption flood
the earth. His redemption will transform everything in its wake. Christians are
called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals. It takes courage, community,
and fathers to help us release what God has put inside of us, and unless we pursue
and release His dreams inside of us, the world will never know of them, or the Author
that put them there.
When we talk of shifting culture, we are not talking about merely adding to the
flavors of art, music, and creativity. That certainly has it's place. We are going
after a much bigger picture. In order to understand what it means to be a culture
maker, we have to dig a little deeper. Going to back to original language and meanings
of culture, we find other words associated with it, like agriculture and horticulture.
Let's paint a picture. If we are hungry, we could just eat something that randomly
grows out of the ground, or we could also steward the ground and be intentional
about planting certain seeds that bring about the result we want. We culture or
cultivate the earth till we see the thing we want produced. As the sons of God on
the earth, we have a divine mandate to steward, culture, and cultivate the earth
until it becomes everything that God intended for it to be in His heart. That means
we are taking ownership of the history of the world. We
are actively involved in His kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven". We are not living
to escape this place as if God doesn't care for it or have a plan for it's redemption.
But instead, we are active participants with Holy Spirit to make the earth beautiful,
until the culture of this world reflects the kingdom culture of heaven.
Hear this, you don't need anyone's permission to change the world!
When Jesus died, redemption was finished. As ambassadors of heaven, we
are carriers of redemption. When we walk into a room, we change the options for
everyone in it. Get into community and start taking world changing risks together!
It's time to change the option's for the people and kingdoms of this world. It's
time to start releasing redemption like light dispelling darkness. It's time to
release heaven on earth. It's time to change culture for the generations. Our encounters
become other peoples encounters. Let's start carrying encounters, carrying heaven,
and shifting culture through the power and breath of our magnificent, wonderful,
Clint Kahler, Director Nextgen Worship