I joined Frontiers because I wanted to see multiplying churches amongst all Muslim peoples. A key attraction was Frontiers’ attitude to Christian diversity and unity. New workers did not need to focus on becoming like everyone else, but focus on learning to share Jesus amongst the community they were called to serve. They did not have to become a charismatic or non-charismatic or worship in a different style – everyone was accepted and included.
All Frontiers workers agree with a standard evangelical statement of faith, but within that secondary issues are decided at team level. Teams can support each other and learn from others’ experience as they make the gospel relevant to the local host culture, yet can reflect the evangelical theological flavour of their sending church.
Believers are the body of Christ – and God is our Father (1 Cor 12:12-14, Matt 6:9), so unity is an issue for each individual, for each agency and each church. It’s not optional. In the early church unity was expressed in devotion to the Scriptures, prayer, fellowship, mutual care and witness (Acts 2:42-47).
Unity is associated with being fruitful, fruit that we are seeking in the Muslim world:
Psalm 133 states, "where God’s people dwell in unity ... the Lord bestows His blessing, even life for evermore". Also, as Jesus prays for all believers, he says:
"I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me" (Jn 17:22-23).
As I work as a mobiliser I am building God’s Kingdom, not one for Frontiers. When I engage with enquirers, I ask what path God has for them. That may mean suggesting they consider other agencies. Further, as Frontiers develops and grows partnerships with various church networks and streams and like-minded agencies we want to practice unity in all that it means, praying the best for them, seeking God’s Kingdom together.
As well as having many other partnerships and relationships, Frontiers is an Associate member of the Affinity church network. An article about Frontiers can be found in the current edition of their In Touch newsletter.
This entry was written by Jon, one of the mobilising team.