Vision

The "Multi" in Movement

By Wayne Schmidt

A true movement of God is essentially MULTI — not siloed in one segment of society or compartmentalized in a single culture.

I've been focusing prayer on The Wesleyan Church becoming a movement again. Many prayer partners are also asking God to empower us to help close the “Gospel Gap” between a growing, changing population and those having a personal opportunity to respond to the gospel.

I love the Apostle Paul’s concise and compelling description of a movement: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ might be built up … ” (Ephesians 4:11–12). An equipped Kingdom Force engaging every believer to reach every person is a movement.

Throughout this and the next three Wesleyan Life magazines, you’ll read more about this Kingdom Force — multigenerational, multiethnic, multieconomic, women and men, lay and clergy, from everywhere to everywhere. Its origin is traced to the Day of Pentecost when all believers were empowered to be witnesses. Our Wesleyan movement was birthed in England and then North America, engaging freshly redeemed people in spreading the Word.

A true movement of God is essentially MULTI — not siloed in one segment of society or compartmentalized in a single culture.

The gospel’s impact is pervasive as it transforms receptive lives, churches and communities.

The Good News overflows barriers that divide and limit, as Christ fulfills his purpose to “ … create in himself one new humanity … ” (Ephesians 2:15). From its roots in Judaism, Christianity rippled to Gentiles across the Roman empire as disciples made disciples.

Disciples making disciples glorifies God and creates a bit of heaven on earth as we anticipate

“ … a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb … ” (Revelation 7:9).

Be a Kingdom Force. Make disciples.