The March-April 2017 issue of Mission Frontiers, published by the U.S. Center for World Mission, contains a number of articles on ‘Networks’.
Editor Rick Wood writes:
‘Is it really possible for God’s people to work together in unity for the sake of God’s glory in all the earth and the spread of His kingdom to all peoples? If you look at Christian history over the last 2,000 years, you would fairly conclude that it is not. But things are changing in our day and the unity that we need that seems so impossible to achieve is more and more becoming the reality on the mission field...
‘Over the last 27 years, I have experienced first hand the kind of unity Jesus prayed for as I have lived on mission with God. I have worked with Jesus followers from many different backgrounds. I did not have complete unity with these fine servants of God on every aspect of doctrine, mission strategy, politics and a host of other topics but there were always certain things that we were unified around. We loved Jesus and we wanted everyone else within all peoples to love him too, and we were willing to give our lives to help make that a reality.’
As to the biblical vision that unites us, Wood offers four suggestions:
1. We must provide access to the gospel and the knowledge of Christ to every person on earth.
2. Every willing follower of Jesus must be equipped (discipled) to live on mission with God to make more disciples who likewise equip and make more disciples.
3. The “Great Commission,” Matt. 28:18-20 must become our identity as followers of Jesus.
4. We must love God and love our neighbor