The Redemptive Lift Cycle

The Redemptive Lift Cycle

by | Jul 10, 2024

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Understanding the Mustard Seed Parable

 Matthew 13, Jesus uses the parable of the mustard seed to illustrate the Kingdom of Heaven. He compares it to a mustard seed that starts small but grows into a large tree, providing shelter for birds. This parable teaches us that the Kingdom of Heaven can begin small but has the potential to grow and expand, offering sustenance and refuge for many. It also shows that God’s Word, though small in appearance, has incredible transformative power.

 

Spiritual Transformation: The Foundation of Petros Network

Similarly, the journey of Petros Network begins with a mustard seed—the missionary church planter. (See Redemptive Lift Cycle Infographic) This seed, though small, is planted in an unreached community and begins to share, show, and spread the life-changing message of Jesus. Over time, this effort grows into a gathering of people and the establishment of a church deeply rooted by faith in Christ, “the rock upon which the church is built,” as referenced in Matthew 16:18 (NIV): “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Matthew 16:18 holds special significance for Petros Network, as “Petros” means little rock or pebble. We added Network to Petros to best represent what we do — we are a collection of  “little rocks” networking together to build God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Social Transformation: Expanding Kingdom Life

Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV) teaches, “For by him [Jesus] all things are created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Please note that this passage says that God holds ALL THINGS together — economic, social, political, and religious systems. When the world is broken, not holding together well, we must assume it is due to a distortion of what God originally intended. Therefore, Petros Network’s mission is to help reconcile all the world to God’s original plan.

As the church planter shares and spreads Jesus’s life-changing message among the community, they teach their people to obey God’s commands (Matthew 28:20). This is symbolized in the Redemptive Lift Cycle Infographic by the growth of the tree trunk, depicting the expansion of Kingdom life. Individuals begin to live out Jesus’ commandments and apply Christian principles daily. This creates a new understanding of being created in God’s image on purpose and for a purpose, leading to profound social transformation within the community.

As new believers live out God’s Great Commandment (found in Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-28) to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love their neighbor as themselves, something exponential is unleashed in the community. This obedience to the Great Commandment fosters a sense of unity and purpose, transforming the community from within and helping to realign it with God’s original design.

    Economic Transformation: Reconciliation in Action

    “Before the fall, God established four foundational relationships for each person as the building blocks for all of life: a relationship with God, with self, with others, and with the rest of creation” (Fikkert: 2009). Petros Network’s biblical worldview concludes that poverty is the outcome of when these relationships are broken, and the world as God originally created it spirals into chaos. Poverty is the outcome of these broken relationships and, at the core, the absence of peace. Therefore, to end spiritual and physical poverty, our focus must be on reconciling people back to God and restoring God’s original order to life as it was meant to be.

    The Redemptive Lift Cycle and The Abundant Life

    Petros Network's Redemptive Lift Cycle

    The top of the tree in the Redemptive Lift Cycle Infographic can be depicted as a Venn diagram of these four critical relationships. When they are in sync, restored to God’s original plan, Redemptive Lift is found in the overlap.

    Therefore, reconciling people back to God as “Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” is at the core of all that Petros Network does.

    2 Corinthians 5:16-20 (NIV) describes God’s mission of reconciliation for us:

    “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. When they function properly, humans experience the fullness of life that God intended, because we are being what God created us to be. God’s heart and mission is to restore man back to right relationship with Him.

    The Redemptive Lift Cycle is a powerful force for change, bringing about the abundant life Jesus talks about in John 10:10 (NIV): “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” As we process through the Redemptive Lift Cycle, reconciling the world back to God’s original intent, the result is an abundant life, which includes economic transformation.

    The Redemptive Lift Cycle and Helping the Poor

    As the church planter continues to engage, equip, and empower the community, the tree continues to grow, providing shelter, support, and transformation for individuals, families, and communities. As people are reconciled back to God, they begin to live out their new identity in Christ. The fruit of the Spirit becomes evident in their lives, and communities start to thrive. The “birds of the air,” resting in the branches as mentioned in Jesus’ Mustard Seed Parable, represent new compassion programs established in the village. These programs might include initiatives for food security, women’s empowerment, child protection, healthcare access, education, clean water, and more.

    What is powerful about the Redemptive Lift Cycle is that growth and redemption not only lift those directly involved but also create ripples of positive change that can influence the entire nation, regardless of race, gender, or religion. The Kingdom Life begins to thrive among the people.

      In Summary, The Impact of the Redemptive Lift Cycle

      The Redemptive Lift Cycle of Petros Network showcases the incredible journey that begins with a single missionary church planter—a mustard seed. Through faith in Christ and dedicated efforts, this seed grows into a tree that provides shelter, support, and transformation. This holistic approach leads to spiritual, social, and economic transformations, creating a ripple effect of positive change that impacts individuals, families, communities, and even nations. The work of Petros Network embodies the message of the mustard seed parable, demonstrating that small beginnings, nurtured by faith and action, can lead to profound and lasting transformation.

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