Day Five, October 30: A New Community that transcends the limitations of time and space.
Great changes are upon us. When Christ ascended on high, He gave gifts to mankind.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4:6-8
Some might think spiritual gifts have been mostly dormant since the early church. We know this is not true. We see His gifts at work among us every day. God is using his gifts to build His Kingdom on earth, where He remains available and ready for us to find Him, to look for and worship Him in the anxiety-riddled situations in which we often find ourselves. The Lord Jesus told us clearly that God’s kingdom is on earth, and in heaven, as He taught us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Since the prophetic Jesus Movement fifty years ago heralded the beacon to recognize a significant Christian transformation, God has used His gifts from one that was independent in nature to one that is interdependent. Billy Graham is an example of an independent nature. He evangelized or preached the Gospel of Salvation to people wherever he went and many, many people came to know Jesus. During the Jesus Movement, on the other hand, the Gospel of Salvation was vigorously preached throughout the world by many people who were interdependently working together to share the message of salvation. Through this message we have witnessed the greatest revival the world has ever seen. There are more Christians alive on the face of the earth today than in all of previously recorded history combined.
This shift of working interdependently instead of independently allows us to experience the team synergy of the gifts working together as one in the Body of Christ. Today, at least, under the virtual roof of the Catch community, you might say we are a crew of many builders with a purpose. We are moving toward unity. We are becoming team players and we look for one another because we want to connect. We have to connect because that is who we are becoming. We are a new community that transcends the limitations of time and space.
Within the Catch Ministry, we are also seeing the beginning of the body coming together from all walks of life. There are Marketplace Christians within the Catch Ministry representing those in government, education, healthcare, military, clergy, banking and finance, communications, transportation, agriculture, the arts, and urban development. They are raising up Christ from where they are working within the marketplace.
This is true transformation. This is the fullness of Christ expressing itself across a broad spectrum of our culture and with it the saving grace and mercy of God is being experienced by the lost.
This is a new community, indeed, that transcends the limitations of time and space and a new way of belonging.
And as for the lost, many are being called out from their own destruction to Him. Some by choice and some by surprise. They are responding to Grace Turned Outward. They are coming to God and they are spending time solidifying their relationship with Him. It is a time of great transformation for each, from lost to found, as it is for us who became a part of the transformation.
Allow us to introduce to you Susan, a sister in Christ thanks to your willingness to be there for her. As the hometown emergency crew was responding to our alarm to intercept Susan and the dangerous weapon she held in her hand. She stayed on the phone line with us. We talked about her family conflicts and loss. We know Susan is alive today and receiving treatment because of you. Like a fallen bird, your contributions gave Susan reasons to hope again.
This is a new community, indeed, that transcends the limitations of time and space, a new way of belonging, and expressing God’s passionate yearning for community with us and with all that God created. God desires
“that the whole creation itself might be freed from its slavery to corruption and brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God” (Romans 8:21).
This is who we have become. This is who we are. We are Kingdom builders — never Empire builders as we spoke of yesterday. Of course we cannot preach the Gospel of the Kingdom without preaching salvation. But salvation is only the entry point, the beginning of the journey.
Having shifted from an old-styled independent form of ministry to working interdependently, we experience the team synergy of the gifts working together as one in the Body of Christ. We want to know how best we can come alongside and assist you in fulfilling your calling. We want to continue to build relationships with you, and, together we want to make real the Catch Ministry’s Vision to introduce the Gospel of Welcome — Grace turned Outward — to everyone, everywhere by conducting the business of the Ministry and its Purpose, which is to develop more disciples to go out as the Lord’s ‘Boots on the Ground’ worldwide.
If you invest in the Catch Ministry’s Vision, which is our mutual Vision and its Purpose, which is our mutual Purpose, dare we guarantee your return? Indeed we can. Because we share a new community that transcends the limitations of time and space.
Fund-raising is always a call to transformation. And this call comes to both those who seek funds and those who have funds. Whether we are asking for money or giving money, we are drawn together by God, who is about to do a new thing through our collaboration:
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).
MATCH! MATCH! MATCH!
Christina DelMonte Robinson (“Chri”) challenges Marti’s Discipleship Group (from “back in the day” as Chandler would say): Donna, Patti, Patti Y., Gay, and in Cheri’s honor, Ralph, to Match her Gift of $500. We are extending our campaign to allow for the results of these Matches and other gifts. We are just over halfway to goal.
We are very pleased to announce after day four of fund-raising, we have received another $2,000 over the weekend toward the $15,000 required, totaling now over $8,000! Many, many thanks to you who are sharing with us and they are:
- Bob from Iowa City, Iowa
- Darin from Cozad, Nebraska
- Arthur from Arlington, Virginia
- Jill from Wernersville, Pennsylvania
- Neil from Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Athelyn from Phoenix, Arizona
- John from Coralville, Iowa
- Patrick from Dundee, Michigan
- Lisa from Sunland, California
- Michael from Cambria, California
- Greg from Wilmington, North Carolina
- Laura Campbell, California
- Siri from Marin, California
- Merlyn from Goodyear, Arizona
- Rona from Northampton, UK
- Joe from Sugar Land, Texas
- Patrick from Dundee, Michigan
- Victor from New Castle, Pennsylvania
- Ann from Rockford, Illinois
- Olivia from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
- Larry from Plains, Montana
- Steve from Keswick, Ontario, Canada
Partner with theses men and women by contributing today: or if you wish, send your contribution to The Catch Ministry, Inc., 1278 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, California 92651.