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Twelve Reasons to Organize


  1. Jesus reclaiming creation - Jesus saved us from the world (John 11:25-27, 3:16). He also conquered the world by reclaiming creation into a new creation. (John 16:33, 12:31, 1 Corinthians 1:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:16-17, Galatians 6:14-15, Revelation 21:4d-5)
  2. Paul reconciling systems - Paul organized congregations not only to proclaim the gospel but also to call principalities and powers (including all institutions of government, business and religion) to reconciliation. Reconciliation, in this case, means bringing back sinful systems back to God. (Colossians 1:15-20; Ezekiel 22:25-30; 34)
  3. God empowers the people - God empowered humanity, building a people of power, to subdue the earth in service and care (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:15, Leviticus 25:35)
  4. Paul using power - Paul used his political power (just as we should) as a Roman citizen to confront Roman officials to gain an apology. (Acts 16:36-40) Paul also boasted of his weakness. For then, the power of Christ would dwell in him (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). He knew that the kingdom of God depends on power. (1 Corinthians 4:20, Hebrews 6:5)
  5. The church organizing people power - Nehemiah organized and acted with the same strategy used by faith-based community organizations Ė organized a constituency and encouraged the people to have a large action meeting. This story shows the use of power to gain distributive justice. (Nehemiah 5:7; 4:6)
  6. Healing executes justice - The ministry of healing and wholeness executes justice for the sake of the Kingdom and reign of God. (Amos 5:24, Matthew 12:13-20, 23:23)
  7. The church against Satan - If we donít enter the battle to organize and confront evil powers (John 17:18, 1 John 5:4-5), Satan, the ruler of this world (John 12:31, 14:30, 1 John 5:19) will win. We must oppose him or we lose the present battle. (Ephesians 5:11, 6:10-12, Matthew 12:29)
  8. The church's best evangelism - Our best evangelism comes by responding to peopleís total needs, material and spiritual, and, by doing good works in our community. (Matthew 5:16, 1 Corinthians 9:22-23)
  9. The church improving neighborhood - An improved neighborhood helps the church keep their members from moving out of the neighborhood and feeling safe to come to church activities. . (Matthew 19:19, 2 Corinthians 8:13-14)
  10. The church improving leadership - The Lord uses community organization to help church members learn to be better leaders in the organization and in our churches (Exodus 6:28-7:2, 18:17-21; Numbers 13:1-2; Deuteronomy 31:14, 23; Philippians 3:2-11; 2 Timothy 1:6-14, 2:15)
  11. Christians praying and acting - Along with prayers for justice, members carry out an active justice ministry modeled on the Bible. (Nehemiah 5:1-13, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Matthew 5:27)
  12. Godís victory through us - Through the ministry of faith-based community organization, Godís grace blesses our churches and its believers with rejoicing in the victories of Godís power through us. (Nehemiah 5:13c, 8:17; Luke 13:17, 2 Peter 5:3-4, James 1:9-12, 2 Timothy 4:1-8, Daniel 7:27)

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