Navigating a new era
Not been this way before
The Journey of transition is challenging and takes us into unprecedented territory.
Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.
Giving orders to the people: ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God … you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.
Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’ (Joshua 3:1, 3-6)
"What God is doing is without precedent. He is engaged in a sovereign move and act and will break in where He chooses. It's a grass roots revival outside as much as inside the church, living and active. It will start on the fringes not in the centre" (Peter Stott)
Many of us relate to the ‘Journey’ outlined below
The Journey phase 1. Don’t delay!
Like Abraham leaving UR you know it’s time to leave the stagnant place. Initially there is a strong sense of ‘I don't know where to go but I know I can't stay here’.
The Journey phase 2. Detox!
Stripped back, adrift, lonely, perplexed, diminished, ignored, misunderstood are some of the feelings that are part of the detox process. We are taken back to basics, have much of our rubbish removed and old mind sets are broken.
The Journey phase 3. Hello!
As we progress through or emerge from the detox wilderness we 'find' others whom we 'connect' with in an apparently random fashion, but this new connectivity is primarily a spirit to spirit connection not an intellectual or geographical one.
The Journey phase 4. Repatriation!
From this place of exiting detox and finding others comes a longing to return to our Father’s house (this is a reference to heaven not church).
The Journey phase 5. House dynamics!
The key to understanding heaven’s culture is intimacy with the Trinity (the divine model of family).
The Journey phase 6. Ambassadors that change the culture!
The primary call in this era is to position ourselves to live "apostolic lives".Read more about The Journey
Hallmarks of the Eras - Old and New
|Orphan and victim||Sonship and royalty|
|Pastorally focused leadership||God’s government through families|
|Servant||Bride and intimacy|
|Worship is preparation||Lifestyle of worship|
|Church focused||Kingdom focused|
|Programme, rules and performance||Presence and relationship|
|Expectation of attack||Expectation of blessing|
|Information||Revelation and impartation|
|Control and ownership||Freedom and empowerment|
|Defensive mind set||Offensive mind set|
|Sowing season||Harvest season|
|Pleading prayers||Authoritative declarations|
|Talk about the problem||Talk to the problem|
|Mostly asking||Mostly thanking|
|Silence is uncomfortable||Value soaking and silence|
|Resistant to change||Embracing change|
|Timid and fearful||Forceful and courageous|
|Coping strategies||Conquering strategies|