We, the body
Often sitting in conversation with different leaders, I am asked my opinion regarding what I believe the church should be. My answer: “A body”. A simple answer, yet what I believe to be a powerful one. Even more specifically, “we, the body”. I have spent many hours debating, but probably more accurately encouraging and mobilising different individuals to understand that, as much as we need to be committed to a local vision and make sure that that local vision is effective, we cannot afford to lose sight of the fact that we are not the body, but rather that we are a part of the body.
With a distinct smile, there are those that would suggest to you that I cannot contain myself when it comes to the conversation of missions, if given the opportunity. I would then have to admit to you, that they are right. The more important conversation would be to simply ask the question, why? My answer to you would be that which I have said to many others on numerous occasions that any time we are enjoying the grace of God and experiencing the abundance of His treasures, that He is not necessarily intending to bless us, but to rather create a platform where we are able to be a blessing to others.
Friends of God, my commitment to a local vision is vibrant because I understand the importance of having a spiritual home that is dynamic. But in saying that, a dynamic spiritual home exists for one reason and that is to be an agent of encouragement to those around the world who often find themselves to more trying circumstances where they have to present the Gospel.
Family, I believe together, “we, the body”.
– Gerald Ferreira 2019