Summary: 'Christ revealed, in us and to the world' serving as the mission statement of Redemption Centre Church, expresses the desire for a revelation of the Christ to us, in us and through us to the world so as to bring glory to His name!
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:8-15 KJV
It's right there on our logo and serves as the mission statement of the Redemption Centre Church.
"Christ revealed...in us and to the world!
No doubt we have given it a passing glance and never bothered to ponder on what it means to us as a local church, as a functional group within the church and as an individual member of the Body of Christ.
If we take time to ponder its meaning and significance we will find that there much more depth to it than it seems at a first glance.
Christ revealed is more than just an academic knowledge of an outstanding historical personality. It’s more than in-depth knowledge of a physical personality. It goes beyond the natural into the spiritual, beyond sense knowledge into revelation knowledge. When revelation knowledge breaks through you will never be the same again!
Three things about this statement will suffice for the present!
We sincerely desire a revelation of the Christ to us!
We sincerely desire a revelation of the Christ in us!
We sincerely desire a revelation of the Christ through us!
1. WE SINCERELY DESIRE A REVELATION OF THE CHRIST TO US!
Many are curious about Jesus and would most likely be pleased to meet Him. The Greeks visiting Jerusalem requested to see him maybe out of curiosity or interest in His teaching.
The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. John 12:21 KJV
Herod wanted to see Him hoping like so many to see a physical miracle
And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. Luke 9:9 KJV
And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Luke 23:8 KJV
Zacchaeus’ desire to see Jesus lead to a revelation of who Jesus really was, and resulted in a profound change in lifestyle and loyalty
And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. Luke 19:2-4 KJV
In John’s gospel chapter 4 the Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar on meeting with the LORD sitting there, progressively saw a man, a Jew, a prophet and then finally the Christ! It was her revelation of Him as Christ (Messiah) that brought a change in her life and lifestyle and influenced her neighbors.
Revelation of the Christ produces belief in Him, leading to salvation and translation into His Kingdom as saints and children of God!
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10 KJV
2. WE SINCERELY DESIRE A REVELATION OF THE CHRIST IN US!
Paul said to the Galatians My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, Galatians 4:19 KJV
To the Corinthians he said But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV
Receiving a saving revelation of the Christ is only the beginning! There is a whole new revolution prepared for those who have received a revelation of Christ.