NEXUS – WHERE THEOLOGY AND MISSION MEET
The clear integration of spiritual vitality with theological vitality, resulting in missional vitality, is a reality that evidences itself in both our personal lives and corporate ministries. The nexus—the meeting points of these—becomes evident by the life that is either demonstrated or not seen. Nexus is intended to call us as Pentecostal people to evaluate those intersections where Spirit, truth and mission meet in our lives and ministries.
HIGHER PRINCIPLE LIVING
It is our hope that this book will serve as a renewed challenge to leaders throughout our Fellowship—a challenge to consider all the ways we can live out our faith in the best interests of God’s plan for redemption in our churches, our communities, and our nation. Together, let’s engage with heart and mind the insights our friends share with us in this book and allow the Holy Spirit to shape us more into the Christ-following leaders He desires us to be.
GENEROSITY CHANGES EVERYTHING
Generosity is a core value in authentic Christianity and we do want to see each individual, each church and each ministry in the PAOC expand its generosity quotient. It is our prayer that as you read this booklet, you will not only expand personally in dimensions of generosity, but that you would be able to utilize the themes and content in the book to encourage the people you serve and lead in increased generosity.
As a Pentecostal family, it continues to be our call, our passion and our desire to be empowered by the Spirit to be Christ’s witnesses, in word and deed. But there is one question that has continually arisen in the minds of many of us who want to share our faith but feel somewhat intimidated by the new and continually emerging challenges we are facing in our society. How can we effectively share our faith in Christ within our current Canadian context? The diversity we face as a Pentecostal family in Canada and around the world demands creative, apostolic approaches to being His witnesses.
In Tenacious, we have invited a cross section of authors to tell their story of how God, by His Spirit, has worked through them in a number of contexts of ministry to see fruitfulness and lasting impact. Lasting fruit in our lives and ministries comes as a result of the Spirit’s work. The stories in each chapter illustrate the Galatians 6:8 principle that as we sow to please the Spirit, from the Spirit we will reap eternal life. Thank God for the fruitfulness of churches and leaders who believe that faithful, fruitful ministry over extended periods of time is a very Pentecostal thing to do. By their fruit of transformed and discipled lives they are known.
As a Fellowship, we have an excellent theological foundation—demonstrated by our Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths—that is biblical and defensible. Of course, there are some clauses that generate ongoing discussion. But the core beliefs of what it means to be a Canadian Pentecostal in our day are biblically solid. As you read the theological contributions by Jeromey Martini, Roger Stronstad, Will Sloos and Van Johnson, be encouraged to re-engage what you know to be true regarding Christ as Saviour, Baptizer, Healer and Coming King.
Very early on in this book, you will discover this consistent and compelling theme statement: “The most effective agents of change in society are radically transformed disciples of Jesus who are rooted in His church.” Churches, ministries and leaders within the PAOC are committed to developing and empowering those types of disciples. Followers of Jesus who live not to please themselves or to fulfil their own agendas, but who are marked by a passion to see Jesus formed in themselves and others … at any cost … anywhere. From this vantage point, they are able to influence others for God’s glory.
WHAT I SEE
David Wells shares his vision for our work together in our Fellowship in the book What I See. Hear his heart on our need to be a relationally based mission family—grounded in our relationship with God through prayer, and enjoying genuine community in our relationships with each other. As you turn its pages, sense and share his passion and anticipation for what God will do among and through us as we attune our hearts to His leading. The needs in our churches and communities are so evident, and His call to respond effectively and with a unified approach so strong.
COACH IN YOUR CORNER
The emphasis on the Holy Spirit as Counselor is the theme of this contemporary preaching/discipleship series entitled The Coach in Your Corner. This series is a follow-up to The Kingdom Conspiracy series, and is intended for use during the 50-day period between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday. The Coach in Your Corner will focus on the specific and personal work of the Spirit in recruiting for kingdom purposes, spiritual gifting, calling to a position, providing ongoing and necessary guidance, empowerment (the fullness of the Spirit), and performance (the fruit of the Spirit). A devotional, small group and small group leader’s guide are included in the ministry package.
Have you have asked yourself how your church can be strengthened in the vital areas of discipleship, fruitfulness, missions and genuine Pentecost? Have you wondered if the people we serve are living out the Christian disciplines? Are our ministries fruitful (i.e. are there real kingdom results)? Are people coming to Christ? Are our churches missions-minded? Are we Pentecostal enough? Or have we neglected the New Testament emphases that contributed to the vitality and growth of the early church and the entire Pentecostal movement? These are questions we all ask and need to repeatedly address in the life of our congregation. For this reason, Kingdom Conspiracy was developed to assist in mobilizing your congregations in the areas of discipleship, fruitfulness, missions and Pentecost.