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dna_istock_rustycloudThe DNA of Jesus
by Steve Dunn

In the universe God created, living things have DNA. DNA can be described as “the building blocks of life.” Your DNA determines your hair color, your temperament, your body shape, etc.

We often forget that the Church is an organism. We are the Body of Christ, a living entity that continues Jesus’ Kingdom work until He returns. Howard Snyder and Daniel Runyon, in their book Decoding the Church describe the DNA of the Church that comes from Christ in us, the Hope of Glory. They explain it by FOUR GREATS:

The Great Confession “Jesus Christ is Lord!”
The Great Identification “We are the Body of Christ”
The Great Communion “The Fellowship of the Believers” (koinonia)
The Great Commission “Go and make disciples of all nations”

Every church, no matter how large or small, rural or city or suburban, old established or new church plant, traditional in worship or contemporary. growing or declining–every church has the DNA of Jesus. Every church!

The question is: ARE YOU LIVING BY THE DNA OF JESUS? Does your congregation make the proclamation of the Good News of the Kingdom the center of its existence? Does your church understand that it is God’s church and not something that belongs to the members? Does your church work together to build up one another and mature under the leadership of the Holy Spirit?

But the next question is crucial? Does your church stop at koinonia (serving one another) or is its first love building those redemptive relationships that help lost people become reconciled to God?

In 21st century America, where God is so often out of sight and out of mind to much of the population–that last question is the most important.

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About sdunnpastor

I am the Director of Bridgebuilders Ministries, the Intentional Interim of the Newport PA Church of God, and adjunct professor for Winebrenner Theological Seminary. I am the creator of Bridgebuilders Seminar, helping churches reach their unchurched neighbors.
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