“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 when he highlighted rhema in the Book of Acts, especially:
“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 then 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 of revelation on this generation.” As we meditated on this rhema (word) our understanding was opened. The Father gave us a mission to continue the work as “living epistles” in this generation. Not deviating from the plumb-line of a pure kingdom context (the pattern of The Son, as King). He is writing new chapters of Acts through united radical lovers 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. The status quo, business as usual, and the religious Laodicean slumber just doesn’t satisfy. In that season the questions arose: Is there more than this? How do we live God’s pattern for life practically–right now? How does this work in the current reality of society? How do we get back to Christ’s definition of the “real” church (ekklesia)? Jeffrey and Alina have traveled across the world looking for answers, its been 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 is simpler then ever imagined yet will cost us everything, Yahshua says, “follow Me,” obey Him. It’s the pursuit of making Messiah the center of all things. If we know Him fully: we know life–We know significance–We know FULFILLMENT.
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, moved by love, to Christ’s eternal pattern–THE EXACT REFLECTION OF HIM.