“ But one of the things that concerns me right now is that many of these fractures are being mirrored in the church..and I believe it concerns the heart of God. ”
— Shane Harris
Shane Harris, one of the ministry development pastors at Bethel Austin, shows us how to develop unity within the body of Christ.
In general, we as believers live at peace with believers and non believers. Do we have disagreements or fractured relationships among each other? Of course, but the real concern right now is that many of these fractures are being mirrored in the church. This is an issue that really concerns the heart of God and one we should be aware of.
In the context of the church at large, there is this tribe developing and all this anxiety happening causes us to mirror something. We actually look like the world with this behavior. Why is that? We are reflecting that because we are focusing on the earth and we have our attention on earthly things, but God hasn’t called us to reflect these divisions or strife that’s happening in our society. He’s called us to reflect heaven and to actually become the solution, bringing unity into the middle of a broken, hurting society. That’s what we’re called to do. We represent something so high and lifted up and so powerful that it can only be displayed through the nature of his humility. We are citizens of another kingdom and this world, but we are not of this world and we do not reflect this world. According to scripture we are in a colony of heaven and the call of heaven is that we would come up into that high nature of God. That higher place is found by going low, walking in humility.
To be a colony that radiates heaven in our community is essential. Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, we need to radiate heaven and not reflect the fractures of the world.
About Bethel Austin
We are a church that passionately pursues the presence of God and seeks to continually be led by the Holy Spirit. We are passionate about equipping believers to become empowered saints and to raise up leaders who will influence cities, regions and nations for Kingdom purposes. Our heart is to foster vibrant families and a thriving community. We are generous people willing to do whatever it takes to see lives transformed and revival sweep the nations so that Jesus gets His full reward.
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