• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Foundations are forever

Foundations are forever”.  I don’t remember who is the author of that important phrase, but I do remember that I first heard it in ‘CP 201’ from Paufoundationsl T.  “Foundations are forever” means that the principles we first ‘pour into’ our work of discipleship and church planting cannot be easily changed at a later point.

If we, as cross cultural workers, choose to take on the bulk of responsibility for the ministry from the very start, then national believers who are part of ‘our’ church will show little interest or desire for taking on the work and ministry. “Foundations are forever”.

If we, as cross cultural workers, simply tell our new believers (by our words and actions) what church should look like, we may unconsciously create a ‘church’ that is culturally irrelevant.  “Foundations are forever”.

If our speech is filled with the Gospel, but we create a church culture where it’s all about doing for the Lord, then local believers may have little joy in life from the weight of legalism.  “Foundations are forever”.

One of the funny things I have learned over the course of the last number of years is that the principle applies as well to my life as a cross cultural worker.  “Foundations are forever”. There are foundations that have been laid in my life that are not the foundations the Lord desires for my life.  Foundations that need to be broken up and re-poured.

There is a lot of talk in our mission about the Gospel.  I have greatly profited in my own life from daily ‘speaking the Gospel’ to my own heart. However, if we were honest, the default mode, the true foundation in times of deep community and accountability is more of selfishness than Christ.

When we are asked to do something for another, we may choose to ‘rebel’ and criticize, rather than respond and learn.  When someone asks a critical question of our work or ministry, we may choose to defend ourselves rather than see it as a ‘searchlight’ moment (Psalm 139).  When someone pulls us aside after a team meeting and asks what the ‘energy’ and anger was they felt, we may choose to ignore a systemic problem and not allow our brother or sister to help us grow. “Foundations are forever”.

It’s time for lunch and there’s lots to discuss after this class. Tomorrow we will talk about what we might do to change faulty foundations.

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