Pastor Larry delivered his annual State of the Church Address this morning at KingdomLife. He titled his message “Looking Back to Look Ahead” and took his text from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to rebuild. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak up. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.”
This passage was written by Solomon during a pessimistic time in his life. He assesses life in what appears to be a negative viewpoint.
- Life is unjust.
- Oppression goes on.
- The wicked prosper.
- The fruit of men’s labors is in vain.
- We might as well be pleasure seekers since life is over so quickly.
However, the explanation of this passage is that later in Solomon’s life he started relying on his own human wisdom, rather than the wisdom of God. The true message of Ecclesiastes is that God is all there is to life and in life. To seek worldly pursuits or attempt to find peace and purpose in temporal things is absolutely futile. Only through Christ can we find eternal truth, peace, and purpose in life.
Solomon was looking back in order to look forward and, in the same manner today, we looked back over the past nine years of KingdomLife. In looking back, we understand that KingdomLife’s mandate from God is derived from the original design laid out in Genesis 1:28. In Genesis 1:28, God said to man “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion . . . over every living thing that moves on the earth.” From this passage, we understand that KingdomLife has been given a fivefold mandate from God:
- Be fruitful – the definition of fruitful means to “produce good results.”
- Fill – means to “occupy to full capacity; train.”
- Multiply – means to “increase and enlarge in quantity.”
- Subdue – means to “possess the dirt; bring your sphere or garden under subjection.”
- Dominion – means to “govern or steward creation; rule over a specific territory; take the position God has given you and steward it.”
In order to accomplish this mandate, we must establish a wineskin, blueprint, and pattern by which God can flow His wine, and through which we can properly facilitate the wine that is flowing. So far, this pattern has taken the following shape:
Be fruitful (Family wheel)
- Convert the lost.
- Disciple the saved.
- Produce sons and daughters out of slaves and servants.
Fill (Army wheel)
- This involves training sons and daughters in the following four concepts:
- Destiny, purpose, and calling.
- Understanding of covenant.
- Revelation and implementation of their kingdom assignments.
Multiply (Family/Army wheel)
- Reproduce after like kind.
- This involves sons and daughters begetting other sons and daughters.
- By multiplying, we perpetuate God’s kingdom purpose throughout all generations.
Subdue (Apostolic wheel)
- This involves releasing sons and daughters into their sphere of influence.
- It is at this point where individual anointings are manifested in culture to dispossess darkness and establish light.
- This is where our salt flavors the culture.
Have Dominion (Where all the wheels working together shift culture)
- This involves governing or stewarding the sphere that God has given you.
- It is at this point where God’s glory begins to cover the earth.
- This is where revival turns into awakening, and culture is awakened to the reality of God.
- This sets cultural transformation into motion.
- This is where His kingdom shifts culture to line up with heaven’s purpose.
For KingdomLife, the next decade will revolve around time and timing. God is going to open windows of opportunity that are appointed for kingdom advancement. We, as the family of God, must be alert and attentive to these appointed times. We must be like the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do. During this next decade, we are going to operate in higher level kingdom assignments. In order to know how to do this, we must become a sharper, spirit-led body. Starting in February, Pastor Larry will begin teaching on Spirit Life and what it means to operate accurately in the spiritual realm.
Lastly, 2011 is a year of activation for KingdomLife. It is a year to begin construction of the kingdom center. This is our year to build. God has been very gracious to show us that we do not have to have a building in order to BE the church. However, God also spoke to us that when He had need of a building, He would let us know. We have felt for the past year that the day was soon arriving when God WOULD have need of a building. We have been slowly and prayerfully seeking the Lord’s guidance regarding a building project, and we now feel that it is time to begin the project. More information regarding the project will follow next Sunday with the contractor’s presentation. In the meantime, we are very excited about the timing of the Lord for this project, and we look forward to sharing more with you next week.