Characteristic 1: Building synergism (Synergy)
Synergism the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
This word has seemed to have crept into a strategic movements seeking to build a movement with like minded individuals called by God to fufill the greatest Cause, that we have all recieved in http://Mark 16:15-18; http://Matthew 28:18-20; http://Luke 24:45-49;http://John 20:21-23;http://Acts 1:8
i. Jesus was STRATEGIC about building His Gospel advancing team.
If we read the gospels out of sync and at times at first glance the calling of the first disciples would seem disjointed and random, but closer inspection of the text, we see that Jesus was super strategic about building a kingdom advancing team. The key to understanding Jesus’ calling of his disciples is to read all four Gospels, and then we can piece the records together.Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:4-11; and John 1:29-2:2.
When John the Baptist pointed to Jesus and said, “Look!, the Lamb of God,” (John 1:36), Andrew believed his teacher. But before going to Jesus, he first went and got his bother Peter and said, “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:42). Then Peter and Andrew both went to Jesus, who immediately changed Peter’s name from “Simon” to “Rock” (“Cephas” in Aramaic, “Peter” in Greek; John 1:42). Jesus inituated the relationship by simply saying in John 1:39-41
Jesus said, `Come and see.’ They went and saw the place where Jesus was staying. The time was about four o’clock in the afternoon. They stayed with Jesus the rest of the day.
Jesus was in a deep relationship before calling his disciples to greater commitment, when he called them on the shore while they were fishinghttp://Matthew 4:18-22 Jesus was essentially calling them to a deeper commitment and greater levels of equipping and training and they also had great synergy with Jesus. To build synergy, we need the same vision as well as values and same purpose. Without these core essentials relationships as well as movements get lost in he cause.
ii. Jesus PRAYED all night for the KEY ROLE PLAYERS.
In Luke 6:12-13, we read that he “went out to the mountain to pray” one evening, and remained in prayer throughout the whole night. Then, in the morning, he called together the large group of his followers and selected twelve to have a special role as apostles, those who would preach the Gospel and plant churches after Jesus was no longer on earth. (The Greek word translated as “apostle” means, literally, “one who is sent,” usually with a message or to fulfill some important responsibility.) As God has placed a vision that is way beyond my capacity, and has chosen His weakest instrument, I can only rely on God to help bring and prepare the right kingdom “dream” team to journey and build a Gospel advancing movement. The only way to do this literally is simply to look at the life and ministry as well as His example to building a team that will create a movement that will shock the culture and norm of the day. As leaders we need to be strategic about who we choose and simply asking and seeking God during our time with him, he can help us choose key role players within a movement. Prayer was essential to Jesus,
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) Jesus prayed every day. Here are some examples of his daily practice.
“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” –Matthew 14:23
“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’” –Matthew 26:36
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” –Mark 1:35
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” –Luke 5:16
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” –Luke 6:12
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” –Luke 18:1
Not only did Jesus show us by his practices of praying that it is a good idea the Old Testament also shows that prayer can empower us to be better people.”
… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14
iii. Jesus was RELATIONAL
Jesus Christ, the relational God is specially incarnated. In him, we have the fullest revelation of God as relational. Jesus teaches that God is our Abba (Father), an intimately relational description. God calls us to enter into a mutually loving relationship – what Jesus announces as the greatest commandment. Jesus modelled this for us as we see from his various relationships here on earth, but more so as God incarnate, who dwelt among us. Jesus simply loves being in relationship. The theology of relationship is manifest and exemplified in his relationship with His disciples. We need to be relational with those we seek to disciple because they will then see the passion, purpose , values of someone who has taken on the DNA of what God seeks to achieve in relationship through us. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus Philippians 2:5