Missional community lies at the core of our identity as the people of God for at least two reasons.
First, our identity is bigger than us. Saving faith doesn’t just unite us with person Jesus Christ. Saving faith unites us with the church of Jesus Christ. Our identity as Christians is bigger than us because it is fundamentally corporate.
Second, our identity is not about us. The reason we are all alive, according to the Word of God, is to bring glory to Jesus Christ. God knows we are able to declare his glory together in a way that we never could living in isolation from one another. Thus he has given us a common goal – proclaiming the truth of God’s message of redemption to a broken world. To be a missional community is to be a people who seize all the ordinary moments of our life together as extraordinary opportunities to testify to the power of the gospel.
Last week, God gave one of our members, TC MacIntosh, a chance to do just that. The opportunity arose, of all places, during a job interview for a high-stakes role in the Department of Defense. Listen to TC’s description of what happened.
“The interview was for a position to lead a specialized squad of agents involved in some very complex and sensitive matters for DoD…As I answered the questions with reflection and thought, I was able to tie each of my answers to principles that have grown so much closer to me since being a member of Kingsway.
My specific response to the leadership question was summed up with “servant leadership”. I was asked to describe what that entailed. I explained it is detailed in a great book by Henry Blackaby (Spiritual Leadership); but, essentially it is ensuring that your subordinates receive your full support and resources to be the best they can be. I added that I have been fortunate in my career to be able to accomplish that, whether in a leadership position or simply assisting a colleague or my own manager.
I openly stated that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has given me the grace and wisdom to accomplish what he would have me to do for my subordinates, my agency and my country and that He has never failed me. It rolled off my tongue so easily I couldn’t believe I had openly said that to a interview panel in a federal office environment. In no uncertain terms, they knew where I stood in my Faith.”
TC ended up receiving the job offer and anticipates relocating to Fredericksburg, VA later this year. The promotion is a significant increase in responsibility, enabling him to exert a godly influence at a higher level of government service. Please join me in praying God gives TC and Patti much wisdom to navigate the transition. And may we follow his example in seizing the big and small moments of ordinary life to speak the truth of the gospel!