Being a Body Fully United in Christ: Bearing His Nature, Living His Love, and Enjoying Eternal Relationship.
“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all… And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ… But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ…” (Eph. 4:3-6, 11-13, 15)
“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (Jn. 17:22-23)
May we give you a brief backdrop of a couple significant encounters that has formed the vision of Christ for Acts In Motion Christian Church?
In 2002, Jeffrey and Alina Parrott, had a life changing encounter with God while reading the Book of Acts. God especially highlighted:
“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. . . .” (Acts 4:32-35).
He said: “Acts In Motion, I want to make you an expression of the NEW early church. Do not try to recreate the wheel, I already have My pattern–My pattern is my Son–My pattern is family. I will breathe a fresh breath on this generation.” Thus, our understanding of what the Heavenly Father was say is He’s inviting us to be “living epistles” in this generation–it’s our watch. He is writing new chapters of Acts through surrendered followers of Christ and putting them in motion with the gospel of the Kingdom.
At that time, God seeded a deep longing in Jeffrey and Alina for authentic kingdom life where followers were of one heart and soul. Status quo, business as usual, and the Laodicean religious slumber just doesn’t satisfy. The questions arose: Is there more than this? What is God’s kingdom pattern for life–right now? How does this work in our current reality? How does Christ define the “real” church (ekklesia)? Jeffrey and Alina have traveled across the world looking for answers like searching for hidden treasure–very rare, incredibly valuable, and hard to find.
Since that time until now, that same passion burns, yet the answer has been discovered. The revelation of the eternal vision or purpose is simpler then ever imagined, it’s making Christ the center of all things regardless of circumstances or man’s opinion. If we know Him fully: we know life–We know significance–We know FULLNESS.
Furthermore, in 2012, the Father brought more clarity when He asked us a very interesting question, “Do you want to know my vision statement?” He said, “I want to see the reflection of my Son in my people. Now go serve their destiny.” That thought provoking question keeps us focused on what really matters for eternity–making disciples that bear His image.
In simple terms, our vision is radical obedience empowered by love to Christ’s pattern–UNITED IN HIS FULLNESS.