Summary: Introduction and Overview
Do you desire to let God take you to a higher place, to let God meet you outside of your little box of preconceived religiosity and experience?
When you became a Christian how many of you had a dramatic improvement in your quality of life?”
How many of you want to go to the next level?”
Do you feel that nothing satisfies, that the church doesn’t fill the yearning in your heart anymore?
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” (Isa 10:27 KJV)
“For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matt 22:14 NKJV)
"In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it".
"So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father." (John 1:1-5, 14 NLT)
A. Incarnational Living
Throughout the world, there has been a dramatic increase of interest in the supernatural, the paranormal, and the extraterrestrial. I am convinced that we must proclaim and provide access to the supernatural in the message we share of Jesus. I see a generation of people coming along who don’t see much hope or fulfillment within the world as we now know it, nor in the not-to-distant future. They will seek access to the supernatural elsewhere if we do not show them that through the risen Christ, who transcends this world and the world unseen, they can find the true access into the realm of the Spirit. We could lose millions of them if we do not.
It really doesn’t matter what model of ministry we use or what approach we take in conducting “church" to reach the lost. What should be of utmost importance is having the desire to help these new travelers participate in and experience the power of the resurrection in their daily lives, not just occasionally in a "magical" night at some "Holy Ghost" rally. Sharing the risen Christ proactively and relationally will have a far greater impact than changing the format of your church to the latest "fad" espoused by futuristic church ‘guru’s.’
I remember as a young Born-Again Christian just starting my spiritual journey that I would walk in and through the presence of God effortlessly. I lived and breathed the supernatural. The anointing was powerful! I don’t want that to be a memory, I want it to be a living reality!
How can we reveal the true reality of the spiritual universe to the generations to follow? What can we do? How can we make their walk with Jesus an authentic incarnational experience flowing and breathing in and of the Spirit? How can we show them how to transcend the cares of this world through the supernatural?
Incarnational Ministry finds its origin in the love and care of God for His creation. God demonstrated, in a concrete way, His care for humanity by becoming human. It must be this love of God that takes hold of us and inspires us, in turn, to care for others.
Outreach to the unchurched must consider the issues of incarnation by going where people go and living in their world. The methods we use to reach them must be based upon developing relationships that are authentic. We must model a lifestyle of Christ-likeness in the context of friendship. The church must meet the needs of the unchurched within the world in which they live, whether they be Builders, Boomers, Busters, Gen X, Post-Moderns, or…
Because Jesus is love incarnate, He chose to leave the comfort and glory of heaven and dwell among men. Think about this… God, the eternal Son Jesus, chose to become flesh - human flesh.... just like you… to dwell side by side with each of us and to get caught up with the garbage and the sweat and the blood and the tears and the pain of our world. Why? Because God is love! God so loves you that He was willing to give Himself so that you could have life everlasting… starting today! This is the God we can entrust our hearts too! Now we must prove through our lives that man can still dwell eternally side by side with God.
When God the Father gave the honor of giving birth to the Savior of the world to an unmarried teenaged girl, the created bore the Creator. Her maker, her Creator, was to grow within her and be raised by her, nurtured by her, taught by her...loved by her…