In John 17, we have a glorious picture of the purpose of God’s church on earth. As Jesus prayed that it should be marked by four main things, apart from the Great Commission: The glory of God, the Word of God, the joy of God, and unity in the love of God.
If God’s glory is to be seen in His church today, our habitual patterns of how we do church meetings, our old patterns of living and thinking may have to die. Our whole lifestyle may have to undergo a radical change. Attitudes, values, prejudices, ambitions all may have to go through the exceedingly painful process of crucifixion. Someone said, we must reproduce or die. It is actually the other way around: we must die to reproduce. Seed must die to live. Jesus calls us to die. The problem is not world evangelism; the problem is church crucifixion.
In this present hour, I believe the Church of God of Prophecy must return to the cross and die. The cross brings reconciliation, the cross brings God and man together, but more than that, the cross brings man and man together. At the cross is where we find healing for divisions. At the cross is where individual personalities and desires and self-motivation disappears, and we fade into one.
The Great Commission tells us to preach the Gospel. The Gospel is the cross—it is the humility and sacrifice of God; it is the opposite of power and manipulation, spiritual pride and elitism. The Gospel is “God on a cross.” This must be the attitude of the Church today. Our methods must not contradict our message.
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Obed Natán Chic Itzep was born in the city of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla, Guatemala. He has served the church as a children’s and youth pastor, a clerk in his local church, and district Youth Ministries director. In 2019, he was appointed senior pastor of the Tierra Verde Church of God of Prophecy in Siquinalá, Escuintla, Guatemala.
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