Jesus said unto me, If thou canst believe,
all things are possible to him that believeth.
And straightway I cried out, and said with tears,
Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
It was during a period of self-inflicted crisis in the 1980s that I cried out and Jesus helped me. The prayer and victory of Jesus became so compelling to me.
The Apostle Paul declared the victory,
"He Tore Down The Wall",
after Jesus prayed,
"That They May All Be One".
A God-wrought spiritual metamorphosis ensued in my life and ministry. I emerged from bemoan and consternation to tranquility and triumph as I began to articulate the concept and become a "Church Without Walls".
Perhaps the four-fold Spiritual Formation model featured on this Site can help your life and ministry to emerge and be articulate, too! Become a "Church Without Walls" and be Missional!
Thomas Jacob, D.Min.
Jesus (Model Intercessor):
I am not praying only for these menbut for all those who will believe in methrough their message,
THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE.
Just as you, Father, live in me and I live in you, I am asking that they may live in us,
that the world may believe that you did send me.
The Apostle Paul (to the Church):
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father,
this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth.
I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit
—not a brute strengthbut a glorious inner strength—
that Christ will live in youas you open the door and invite him in.
And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love,
you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesusthe extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.
Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length!
Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
God can do anything, you know
—far more than you could ever imagineor guess or request in your wildest dreams!
He does it not by pushing us aroundbut by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory.Jesus did it; now you do it!
Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together!
Now because of Christ
—dying that death, shedding that blood—
you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything.
HE TORE DOWN THE WALL
we used to keep each other at a distance.Then he started over.
Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by animosity and suspicion,
he created a new kind of human being,a fresh start for everybody.
Christ brought us together through his death on the cross.
The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility.
Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders.
He treated us as equals, and so made us equals.
Through him we both share the same Spiritand have equal access to the Father.
You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country.
You’re no longer strangers or outsiders.
You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone.
God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building.
He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation.
Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone,
with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together.
We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God,
all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.
(John 17 and letters to the Ephesians and Romans.)