Through family, life can be multiplied and God-given destiny for every individual established. How can we engage with families, to serve and strengthen them?
This and every sphere is created by God. He was the one who had the idea of family and framed its constituent parts. His purpose for this sphere is that through it life might be multiplied and God-given destiny for every individual may be established. We are aware that the enemy is contending against families all over the world. Broken relationships, abuse, a loss of identity and value, a sense of abandonment and an orphan spirit, communication break downs, rebellion, immorality and accusation are just some of the things that war against the families of the earth. God wants us to engage with families, to serve and strengthen them, to see his purposes of life and destiny restored in them and through them to an emerging generation.
Praying and working with civic leaders to see every form of greed, injustice and corruption end and God’s kingdom principles established in our nations.
God has appointed government in order to safeguard justice and defend peace within the nation. Rulers exercise delegated authority in order to serve the citizens whom they govern. The “Law of the King” found in Deuteronomy 17:14-21 warns those in authority against multiplying horses, wives, and gold. These three represented a lack of self-control in areas of power, sex and money, leading the ruler into a life-style of authoritarianism, hedonism and materialism. God’s alternative to these three unrighteous value systems is servanthood, purity and generosity.
But since we are aware that our civic leaders are often pressed to compromise in these areas, we must pray and work to see every form of greed, injustice and corruption end, and God’s kingdom principles established in our nations. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Ps 33:12). We need to work so that every nation on earth might know this blessing.
(Science/Technology & Business)
This sphere is about seeing financial provision released and stewardship modelled. The twin engines of science and technology and business enterprise work together for the good stewardship of the earth.
From a Biblical perspective, wealth is not a finite commodity; nor is the economic arena a closed circle. It represents an expanding universe of possibilities that is unlocked by innovation in science and technology and creativity in business. When stewarded well, this economic sphere glorifies the Creator who works with humans as co-creators in the process of life-enhancing innovation and godly provision for people.
But all is not well on planet earth. The business world has been corrupted with greed and injustice. We are being called to see a rebirth of kingdom entrepreneurship that will release new creativity in order to provide with integrity new goods and services that enhance people’s lives and relationships.
Michael Schluter, founder of the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge highlights the fact that the bottom line of the economic sphere must be the enhancing of relationships: “The starting point for evaluation of economic and social ‘institutions’ is the fact that God is a relational being, and that his priority is not economic growth, but right relationships both between humanity and himself, and between human beings. This relational focus is the theme of both Old and New Testaments. When Jesus lays down the overarching moral principles of ‘love God and love your neighbor’ (Mt 22:34-40) he is pointing to the priority of relational over financial wealth, for love is a quality of relationships.”
The Cambridge Papers, Vol 18, Num 3, 2009
God’s purpose for this sphere is the extension of mercy and the promotion of reconciliation, between God and humanity and between broken human relations.
Competing religious worldviews contend for the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere. Without falling into a contentious spirit, we are to enter this marketplace of religious ideas and clearly display why the gospel of Christ is unique. In fact, the gospel is the only means of enduring grace, for it alone makes lasting reconciliation possible.
Education is to be a means of discipleship and multiplication. We see all students being equipped to discover their God-given destiny.
God’s purpose is that the educational sphere is designed to be a means of discipleship and multiplication. The Foundational Documents of the Global Accreditation Association (GAA) states that “the purpose of discipleship is the transformation of the student rather than the transacting of knowledge. We see all students being equipped to discover their God-given destiny and be equipped for fruitfulness within the call of God on their lives.” With this perspective education becomes a means of developing a Biblical Christian Worldview where Jesus is the model and the Bible is the foundation of the education process. To be Biblical it should occur in a family-based context for it is the family that carries the primary authority and responsibility for the education of children.
God’s purpose for this sphere is the transfer of wisdom and the promotion of healthy relationships. How do we communicate best to advance the kingdom of God?
Proverbs is full of pithy axioms which emphasize the power of communication to do good or to do ill. For example, “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prv 12:18); or “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit” (Prv 15:4); for “The tongue has the power of life and death” (Prv 18:21). There is great power not only in what is said but in how it is said. In the midst of the contemporary communication revolution with new technologies emerging one after another we have more and more capacity to communicate. But what are we communicating? Is it bringing life or death? Is it enhancing wisdom or promoting folly? Is it building up godly relationships or tearing them down? We must enter into this arena as followers of Jesus to use every tool available: print and broadcast media, films and the internet, new social media as well as more traditional media to advance the kingdom of God. Consider reading Landa Cope’s Communicating Christ Clearly, a book about Jesus-style communication.
(Arts, Entertainment & Sports)
God’s purpose for this sphere is to strengthen hope and build communities.
We read in the Scriptures that “Jubal… was the father of all who play the harp and flute” (Gen 4:21). Ever since then, balladeers and artists have used their skills to entertain people and speak to the heart of their culture. In the Bible, these artistic gifts are often identified with the role of the prophetic ministry. When the ideas of God are embedded in story form, the truth resonates with both heart and mind, maximizing the potential impact in the life of those who are drawn into the story. Thus the arts allow truth to touch the senses, inform the mind, engage the emotions, challenge the will, and change the life. It allows for a holistic presentation of truth that engages the whole person in a transforming way. At the same time, story has the power to create identity and community. As individuals identify with a common story they are drawn together into one body with one purpose. Stories of God’s work in the past build hope for the future. They become a means of inspiration, giving strength and courage to face the ever present challenges of life’s journey.