Dec. 14, 2022.
Kingdoms upon this earth have never lasted; all governments have faded with time. Dating back to the first world power when Alexander the Great cried because there were no more worlds to conquer, til the Romans overthrew the Greeks, and then the Visagoth’s overthrew the Romans. Soon the French, and Germans and and Brits would all take their turn as super powers. In recent decades it has been the US holding the greatest sway over world events. But we too are now going the direction of so many before us, and are showing signs of a society in retrograde. The grand point of this chronology is this: kingdoms do not last forever.
Against that earthly history, I am greatly intrigued by what the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary about her forthcoming son, “He will be great, He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Lu. 1:32-33). Those words are startling. Think of it – a government that will never lose its reign. And this is the kingdom we represent. This gospel that was birthed upon the earth 2000 years ago will never cease to be an influential kingdom upon the earth. Kings and tyrants have predicted Christianity’s demise, famous sociologists have declared that the Church will soon become invisible, and at times it might even feel like they are right and that momentum is waning. But in the face of these falterings I will recall Gabriels prophecy, that our Lord’s kingdom will never fall and his government will be the singular movement upon the earth that will never fade into irrelevance. Jesus’ leadership is FOREVER. The kingdom we serve is FOREVER!
Dr. Verlon and Melodee Fosner have led a multi-site Assemblies of God Dinner Church in Seattle, Washington since 1999 (www.CommunityDinners.com). In this decade when more churches in the U.S. are declining than thriving, and when ninety-six churches a week are closing, Verlon and Melodee sensed that a different way of doing church was needed for their 100-year old Seattle congregation. It soon became obvious that they were not the only ones in need of a different path. They joined the FX team in 2016 and founded the Dinner Church Collective. And then in 2019 founded the Dinner Church School of Leadership. There is a lot to be gained when church leaders begin to see open doors in the American landscape that they had previously overlooked. Therein lies the journey for those who will forge a new future for the American Church.