The church is like a wagon wheel. Attached to Jesus (hub) the people (spokes) are kept in unity with Him and each other by His Spirit (the outer rim) for the purpose of movement!
AS the Father has sent me,
SO I am sending you.
Jesus was on A Mission for God. With these words, “Come, follow Me!” (Matthew 4:19), He called His twelve friends to join His Movement. Whenever and wherever Jesus went, the twelve followed.“Jesus never once said ‘worship me‘ but he often said ‘follow me!'” (Richard Rohr)
The church is a movement of people not a monument of bricks and mortar! It’s about GOING not COMING!
God showed His love for us when He sent Jesus … to give us life (1 John 4:9). Jesus was the Father’s Emergency Medical Service, dispensing the Medicine of Life: healing the dis-eased (physical, mental, spiritual, relational), rescuing the lost, mending the broken, embracing the outcast, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, befriending the lonely, promoting justice for those falsely accused, mourning with those who grieve, liberating those demon-possessed, freeing the imprisoned, offering hope to those in despair.
SO I am sending you. (John 20:21) The person who trusts Me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on My way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. Whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. (John 14:12-14) The church is nothing less than a movement of ministry, doing the stuff Jesus did, so that people might experience life that is full and good! (John 10:10)
As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.