Today, Transformation Churches and Kingdom Companies are embracing biblical paradigms and principles that are leading to greater unity and impact for the whole Christian Church. A “paradigm” is a framework for understanding the world. A “paradigm shift” takes place when we are led to “believe, think and act” in a new way. It’s like putting on a pair of glasses that helps us see the world through God’s eyes. This is the call of the Bless Minnesota – Adopt Your Street in Prayer initiative. Believers are being called to move beyond the four walls of the Church in order to see the streets of our State and the people they represent through God’s eyes.
Ed Silvoso, in his book, “Transformation” (Regal Books, 2007), describes “5 Biblical Paradigms of Nation Transformation.” They each represent an important “paradigm shift” that must be embraced and implemented by both individual Christians and the whole Christian Church in order for sustained transformation to take place in cities and nations. These key biblical “Paradigms of Nation Transformation” are:
1. The Great Commission is about discipling nations, not just individuals.
2. The marketplace (the heart of the nation) has already been redeemed by Jesus and now must be reclaimed by His followers.
3. Every Christian is a minister, and labor is worship.
4. Our primary call is to take the kingdom of God to where the kingdom of darkness is entrenched in order for Jesus to build His Church.
5. The premier social indicator that transformation has taken place is the elimination of systemic poverty.
Ed Silvoso says, “To disciple someone means to turn that person into a follower of the teachings you espouse. In the case of a nation, it means to impact its life so that it will conform to a set of specific values and develop a corresponding behavior… the issue is not whether a nation can be discipled, because it happens all the time and it will continue to happen. The question is, can a nation by impacted in such a way that it will become a disciple of Jesus? Can His teachings impregnate its people and its institutions so that the nation will reflect the character of Christ?” (Silvoso, Transformation, p.42)
Like the banks of the mighty Mississippi River that flows through the State of Minnesota, these five biblical “Paradigms of Nation Transformation” and the “Principles of Prayer Evangelism” are helping guide the flow of God’s transforming work in the world today. These banks provide definition and direction and can serve as a rallying point for many streams of Christianity to flow together. Transformation Churches and Kingdom Companies are strategically incorporating these paradigms and principles into their vision, mission and daily ministry. There is renewal. There is transformation. There is life!
As you Adopt Your Street in Prayer, embrace the fact that “you are a minister!” As you go to your neighbors, co-workers, class-mates and friends, the love, presence and power of God goes with you! You have indeed been blessed to be a blessing in Jesus’ name!