Together is the only way
At the heart of the Kingdom D.N.A. is a small fellowship of people who have dedicated themselves firstly to Jesus, then to the mission God has called them to and then to each other.
Whenever the church has been at its best, there have always been these small groups at the core that set the culture and tone for others. While not everyone may be called to this level of fellowship, Kingdom transformation requires this committed core.
Part of the reason this fellowship is so important is that we are so fallible. One minute I am ready to change the world, the next I don’t want to get out of bed.
As we have already said, we are called to seek first the Kingdom but how often do you think God is saying one thing, only to discover, in retrospect, that you were wrong?
One of the keys to understanding God’s will, and therefore discerning what is Kingdom calls us towards, can be found in Matthew Chapter 18:19
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
This seems to be a powerful verse, however how often have you agreed with a friend that your football team should win and it didn’t happen? So is this verse true or not?
The key is the word agree.. we only have one word for that which means “the same”, but the Greek word used in the original is “sumphoneo” which is much more the kind of agreement that a piccolo might have with a trombone in the context of a symphony orchestra.
The picture is that if you are being all who God created you to be and not adapting your responses to sound like mine, and if I’m being all I am created to be and not trying to say what I think you want me to say, then we really have the chance together to discern God’s will.
The word Perichoresis has given us the language to describe this deep fellowship.
The word doesn’t come from the bible, but from the early church fathers who were looking to describe the relationship of the trinity.
The simplest definition I have heard of perichoresis is “mutual indwelling without loss of identity”, which comes from Baxter Kruger, one of the thinkers at the forefront of the discussion of Trinitarian theology.
What Perechoresis means in practise is that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all unique persons, but through mutual giving of themselves and receiving from each other, they are literally “in” each other. This giving and receiving is a constant process – a constant act of the divine will.
Perechoresis would be simply an intellectual exercise, if not for the fact that we are created in the image of God, and therefore we hunger for the perfect relationship of the trinity.
Why this is important is that it explains the innate hunger in all of us for community, and a constant dissatisfaction with whatever level of community we actually experience, because no matter what level of “indwelling” of each other we are able to experience, there is always part of us that knows we are experiencing something that is not quite right..
Perichoresis also explains why “social capital” is not just a good idea, but is critical to our individual health. If it is true that we are created in the image of a Trinitarian God, then we will only be truly ourselves in relationship.
At the heart of the Kingdom D.N.A. are a small group of people who are working towards perechoresis in their relationships because of their love for Christ and their commitment to the mission he calls them to.
The first question of Kingdom D.N.A. is: Do you love Jesus?
The second question of Kingdom D.N.A. is: What is your vision?
The third question of Kingdom D.N.A. is: Who are your friends?