onsdag 14. september 2016

It is about a three-legged stool

It is interesting that the advantage of a stool with three legs, is the guarantee of stability. Even if the legs are not the same length, the stool will stand firm. It is good to bear in mind when we look at the ‘other’ trinity, because here the members are not ‘co-equal in power and glory’ (1).

Still – there will be no holiness unless the three are coming together (2).

One of the reasons why we chose to drive to the European Zonal Conference was an urge to see if The Salvation Army’s mission is needed in Bulgaria. The first night after we had received our appointment to Eastern Europe, I dreamt that The Salvation Army opened work in that country

I was surprised because the dream was so vivid, and also because I had never thought about that possibility. I shared it with Magna and some friends, but did not think much about it before I had an unexpected phone call with an invitation to a chat over a cup of coffee. This was last October and the chat led me back on track. I shared the dream with my leaders, and they were excited to explore the possibility. So - ten days ago we found ourselves in Sofia in a meeting with two representatives from the Evangelical Alliance.

We shared our stories, and the reply was: “What took you so long? We have been waiting for you for twenty years!” Then they shared their thoughts, and we felt we were on ‘holy ground’. It was confirmed when they said: “Please do come as a church and not only as a charity-organization. Yes, we need the humanitarian work, but it has to be in the context of the spiritual ministry!”

That was a strong confirmation: They want a holistic ministry - the core of our mission. We cannot go anywhere without God, but with him, we see opportunity for mission to ‘the world’ in Bulgaria.

Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”
Exodus 33:15
God’s presence makes the difference. Without him, there is no stability, and the ‘stool’ will fall.

Still, we believe that God is with us, but need a lot of prayer-support. Because there is “A river going through Europe” – more tomorrow.

‘Manna’ for today:

It takes the ‘other’ trinity to have a holy mission.
(1) The third doctrine of The Salvation Army:
We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead – The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
(2) God + disciple + the world = the ‘other’ trinity

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