Christian Magna Carta: The Right to Gather
The Bible shows time and time again that fellowship is vital in the Christian life...
Why should we engage in world missions? What needs in the world must the church meet? Do missionaries only care about preaching?
At our core as humans, we have a desire to bring justice to the world. To bring humanitarian aid to the needy, hurting, and lost. But, as Christians, our focus is a little bit different because we must look at both the physical and spiritual needs of this world so we can serve as the hands and feet of Jesus.
Understanding the Christian Magna Carta and fighting for the rights of humanity is key for missions. The knowledge of these rights empowers us to stand for the issues that are on God’s heart. If we, as Christians, can’t identify our target, how then can we aim for the prize? The Christian Magna Carta, under the authority of God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit, guides us to the prize. In other words, if we want to be effective in ministry and in missions we have to have strategy and a plan. The Christian Magna Carta aids us in having a few targets to aim for. This is why as an organization, we have chosen to focus on and explore this document for six weeks.
As Christians it is vital for us to know what we are all fighting for. We need to understand the basic rights that the Bible clearly has pointed us towards. Over the last 4 weeks, we have been exploring the Christian Magna Carta and the ways we can be a part of bringing these basic Christian rights to the world.
Thus far we have explored rights 1-3:
Everyone has the right to hear and understand the Gospel.
Everyone has the right to have a Bible available in their own language.
Everyone has the right to have a Christian education available for their children.
This week we will be looking at the fourth:
Everyone has the right to have a Christian fellowship available nearby, to be able to meet for fellowship regularly each week, and to have Biblical teaching and worship with others in the Body of Christ.
It is so vital to understand why fellowship and Biblical teaching is important in the Christian life. Let's dig into the importance of fellowship with other believers, biblical teaching, and worship.
The Bible shows time and time again that fellowship and community are important in the lives of God’s people. In Creation, we see that God created humanity for relationship and that “it isn’t good for man to be alone.” In the Law we can see that God created laws and boundaries for people to follow in order to have good and healthy relationships. And in the New Testament we can see how relational Jesus was with His followers, and we can see in the epistles that community and relationships among believers is of utmost importance.
The thought that believers don’t need to have community and fellowship, is a lie. God made us to be relational creatures and He created us to walk through life together. To meet each week for fellowship, accountability, and encouragement is to say that we accept the need God placed in our hearts for relationship with other believers.
Biblical Teaching and Worship
Without access to Biblical teaching and worship, new believers (and old!) can begin to twist the Scriptures to what they think the Bible is saying. As fallen human beings, we need accountability to push us towards the truth that God intended for us to see in His Word.
There are countless stories in the Old and New Testament that illustrate this fact, bad things happen when God’s people aren’t in His Word TOGETHER. This is when false teaching creeps in and begins to confuse God’s people.
As a missions organization, we aim to involve the communities in which God has placed us, into worship and fellowship with us. YWAM bases all over the world invite the community onto our campuses to worship, learn, and commune with us because we believe that the Body of Christ needs to be united in her time with the Lord.
On our outreaches, we aim to bring the Body of Christ together in unity by working with local churches, inviting new believers into the local church, and partnering with the local church to meet their practical needs.
Bringing the word to people in their own language (right #2) coincides completely with this right. We aim to bring sound teaching and a Biblical approach to worship when introducing and brining the Word of God to believers (and nonbelievers) in their own language.
As Youth With A Mission, we affirm this right and we are committed to fulfilling it.
How can you get involved in unleashing these rights to the world?
Be a part of bringing Christian fellowship and Biblical teaching into YOUR community.
Support a ministry in prayer and/or financially that brings Biblical teaching to the unreached
Do a DTS with us to be a part of overseas missions and bringing these rights into the nations.
Mandie is on staff here at YWAM Yosemite where she did her DTS in the Fall of 2015. She has studied Ministry Development and the Bible through YWAM. She has a huge heart for Thailand, teaching, people, and laughter.