"Everyone gets to play."
This is one of our unwritten but frequently spoken values of River City Church.
When I first heard this, it was a reference to John Wimber referring to the work and the power of the Holy Spirit. He was emphasizing the importance of believing that the same Holy Spirit who empowered Jesus to be obedient to His heavenly Father and fulfill His Father's mission on earth was also the same Holy Spirit that resides in every follower of Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:11 (ESV) If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
1 Corinthians 3:16 (ESV) Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
But it is not enough to just "believe,” or think this in our minds. We have to apply this to how we live as followers of Jesus so that we can continue the ministry Jesus calls us to as His followers.
The same Spirit that empowered Jesus to do His Father's will, build His Father's Kingdom, is the same Spirit that dwells in us and empowers us to accomplish the ministry of Jesus.
Many churches, without meaning to do so, dis-empower their congregations by creating a barrier between the staff, or the "anointed" leaders in their church, emphasizing certain roles or gifts over others. This always comes at the expense of empowering the church to do the ministry of Jesus Christ. It will lead to people feeling as though they are not as important as the church leaders up front. They feel that they are not as gifted or powerful.
The result is devastating to the individuals, the church, and the building of God's Kingdom.
I believe that we all have unique and different roles, but we all have the same Spirit. If I am a leader in the church, that does not mean that I have more Holy Spirit or more power to heal or lead people to Christ. It means that I have been given a specific role within the body, but it is not more important than any other role that exists within the church.
The church is most powerful when "everyone is playing,” in the position to which God has called them.
When everyone is playing, we become very dangerous all the time, everywhere we go.
We place ourselves as God's servants, ready to obey His commands and bring His Kingdom to earth as He desires in and through us.
Start believing that you are dangerous, powerful, and filled with the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave. God wants to use you to bring your family, friends, and strangers from death to life!! Start playing more! :)