The Value of Oneness


John 17
Dr. Henry Tan, President (International Leadership Consortium)

This morning I want to briefly share on the value of oneness. To help us do this, let’s review what IGSL’s mission and vision are all about. The mission of IGSL is to develop servant-steward leaders for key sectors of society. In order to develop servant-steward leaders, you must be a servant-steward leader, yourself. So my question is, “how are you as a servant-steward leader?”

click-here-to-watch-the-videoIGSL envisions a growing network of Christ-like leaders building spiritual movements, exerting moral influence, and transforming nations for the glory of God.” Are you really committed to this vision personally? And how exactly do we do it?

We need to be intentionally developing servant-steward leaders focusing on sectors so that the network of Christ-like leaders will multiply spiritually. As we make Christ the center of everything we do, we want to see champions rise up in every segment of society. We desire to see spiritual multiplication moving out and influencing society the way we’ve never seen before.

In John 17, Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one…” This passage focuses on the unity of the body but Jesus also explains what being one is all about. “…just as You (Father) are in me and I am in You.” That’s His picture of oneness.

We want to be involved in seeing the world reached for Christ. And the way the world will know that the Father sent Jesus is that we’d be one in Him. So how can we consistently be one in Him?

God’s purpose requires God’s plan. His purpose is very clear: that all will come to repentance and His plan is simply for us to love God, love people, and make disciples.

  • God’s plan requires God’s power through the Holy Spirit. We can do nothing apart from Him! We should be one in Him so that we can do all this stuff.
  • God’s power requires man’s faith to believe that Jesus was sent by the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit. So, how are we doing? Are we one in Him or do people see us more than they see Jesus?

Think of the ministry that ISOT had in Baguio. Thirty years later, we have seen PMA cadets become generals and have the relationship and partnership that we have with them today. Who would have thought that that would happen? It was not our plan. Our plan was just to minister to them.

Can you imagine 25 years later something did not happen because we did not do something today? Is it possible that the chain reaction that will impact the future might be started by you now? Don’t look down on the opportunities that you have to share Christ so that the world may know that Christ was sent by the Father!

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