The Genius of God’s Order – Pastor Jonathan Fontanarosa, E16 in SIBKL

Pastor Jonathan Fontanarosa, E16 in SIBKL

 

Pastor Jonathan Fontanarosa, speaker of the recent E16 conference in SIBKL, spoke about the genius of God’s order.

Pastor Fontanarosa is the senior leader of Edge Church International, a multi-campus church located in Australia, United Kingdom and United States.

He is committed to mobilizing the church to serve the community and over the years has overseen many major community transformation projects.

 

Pastor Jonathan Fontanarosa, E16 in SIBKL
Pastor Jonathan Fontanarosa, E16 in SIBKL

 

THE GENIUS OF AND 

Pastor Fontanarosa started the session by sharing about the genius of and.

The gospel is a wholesome gospel, tying contrasting elements in one harmonious way. 

 

E16 Conference
E16 Conference

 

Truth and Grace

For example, Jesus is full of truth and grace (John 1:14;17). In other words, truth and grace are inseparable.

But for the sake of experimentation, let us explore truth and grace as independent elements.

Truth without grace is Christless and mere religion (John 1:14;17).

Grace without truth is faux (Romans 6:1).

But truth and grace give the full picture of Jesus Christ (John 1:14). Together, truth and grace produce holiness.

 

E16 Conference
E16 Conference

 

Faith and Action

The next example is faith and action.

Faith without action is dead (James 2:17).

Action without faith is not pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6).

But faith and action produces righteousness (James 2:24).

 

Head and Body

The other example is head and body.

Christ is the head of the church; the church is His body (Ephesians 5:23).

The head and the body are inseparable. Christ and the church are inseparable.

In other words, God has purposed us to be with Jesus Christ as our head. God has also purposed us to be with other members of the body, the church (Romans 12:3-4).

 

…so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:5)

 

E16 Conference
E16 Conference

 

Abraham and Isaac and Jacob

Another good example is God identifying Himself as the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob (Matthew 22:32).

God has purposed His church to be a generational church. Every generation has an irreplaceable position and role in Christ’s body.

 

E16 Conference
E16 Conference

 

Power and Purpose

Lastly, we have the example of power and purpose.

Not only God has power, His power comes with purpose.

For example, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told King Nebuchadnezzar that God is able to deliver them from the furnace (Daniel 3:17). In other words, God has the power to deliver them.

Yet, they declared that they would reject King Nebuchadnezzar’s gods even though God does not deliver them (Daniel 3:18). They recognized that God’s power comes with His divine purpose.

The power and purpose of God are inseparable. It also explains why God choose to heal or not to heal. Although God can heal, He does not always heal according to His divine and unique purpose in each person.

 

Philip Mantofa in E16 Festival
Philip Mantofa in E16 Festival

 

Old Testament and New Testament

The gospel is wholesome, with the old testament and new testament as equally important to us.

 

Attendees lifting their hands worshipping God
Attendees lifting their hands worshipping God

 

Conclusion of and

The genius is not in the isolating and dividing or, but in the completing and harmonious and.

 

Attendees in the E16 Festival
Attendees in the E16 Festival

 

THE GENIUS OF AND THEN 

God is also a God of order. If we go one step further than and, we get and then.

 

Worshippers of SIBKL in the E16 Festival
Worshippers of SIBKL in the E16 Festival

 

Mary and then Martha

For example, the story of Mary and Martha respectively represents sitting and serving.

Sitting (or resting) without serving breeds laziness.

Serving without sitting breeds weariness.

But sitting and serving breeds faithfulness.

We now understand the importance of and in Scripture. But what comes first? Do we sit and then serve or serve and then sit?

It would make sense that we sit and then we serve.

 

The sick people who came to seek for healing in the E16 Festival
The sick people who came to seek for healing in the E16 Festival

 

And then according to Scripture

In Scripture, we find many orders of God.

We receive God’s love and then we love Him back and love others. We love because God love us first (1 John 4:19).

 

E16 Festival before the start of the event
E16 Festival before the start of the event

 

We show grace and then we present the truth. Jesus showed grace to the adulterous woman before He asked her to sin no more (John 8:1-11).

We affirm our love and then we gently rebuke the person. Apostle Paul always addressed the saints in love in his letters first before gently rebuking them.

 

Attendees of E16 Festival worshipping God
Attendees of E16 Festival worshipping God

 

Applying and then in our lives

This revelation of and then is magical when we apply it to our life.

For example, in a conflict with our spouse, we show grace and affirm our love for them, and then only we present the truth. So often, when we do the reverse, the truth becomes less acceptable. This applies to disciplining children as well.

 

E16 Festival before the start of the event
E16 Festival before the start of the event

 

Another brilliant order is to share the gospel at the garden and then sin, the cross and reconcilliation with God. Beginning the gospel from the garden allows us to start from God’s love.

 

THE BIG CONCLUSION

The and reminds us of how none of us can claim we know it all or we can stand alone. We need God and we need each other.

The and then reminds us that if Jesus Christ comes before all and then, everything will surely follow in proper order.

 

A worshipper in the E16 Festival
A worshipper in the E16 Festival

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