21 Days of Prayer, Day 15
At Harvest, one of our distinctives is that we chose to take the hill and to take it together. We are dedicated to the mission of helping people know and follow Jesus. We are also dedicated to doing that together. What do you think is more important, the mission or the team? If it took you a moment to wrestle with your answer, that’s good! They are both matter. People matter most. People are your team and people are your mission.
When was the last time God did something alone? Think about it.God never does anything alone. The doctrine of the Trinity, God’s three-in-oneness, means that even before there were people, He has always worked with others.
Jesus didn’t act alone. He once said about himself,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” (John 5:19 ESV)
Jesus’ plan was always to complete his mission through a team. He chose a team (12 disciples). He equipped his team over three years. He delegated to them along the way. He empowered them— most significantly by sending the Holy Spirit. Then, he gave them the greatest mission in the world (We’ll look at these two points more closely over the next couple days).
Following Jesus, the Apostle Paul affirmed this team approach of Jesus as he traveled with others, empowered elders to lead young churches, and taught the church to understand they were a body functioning together.
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good...he distributes them to each one, just as he determines...Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11-12 NIV)
- That God would expand the ministry teams at Harvest to expand the ministry impact of Harvest.
- For God’s guidance in your own life when it comes to serving in the church.