CONVERGENCE
 

Convergence

Fully realizing the impact of Jesus limiting his divine attributes— giving us a model for life, church, and ministry.

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What is Convergence About?

Convergence is one church’s exploration of the constants in the timeless Church.


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What has marked the prevailing church throughout history?

Terminology, structures, and styles come and go with the ages; certain things remain unchanged as Jesus and His Word are present and heard.

God come in the flesh, Jesus isn’t just our Savior and our Lord, He is also our model.

Jesus’ role as our model should have just as much impact on our lives as the fact that He is our Lord and Savior.

This is because Jesus, though always God, deliberately chose to limit His divine attributes and power in order not only to show us who God is but also to demonstrate for us what the normal Christian life should look like.

  1. Jesus used spiritual disciplines to walk with the Father, and develop and learn as we do: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

  2. Jesus also used spiritual gifts (not His inherent power) to actually carry out His ministry while on earth.

  3. And He used the promptings He received from the Father and the Spirit to lead His disciples into moments of revival.

Jesus’ life is the ultimate example of convergence,
and must be our model christian life and ministry.

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Convergence is for Pastors, Leaders, and Growing Believers

Your confidence will be renewed as God continues to work in and through His Church, using, not the latest and greatest, but the oldest and surest means and ways.

Convergence helps set the right expectations for your personal walk and ministry. It helps you see Jesus clearly, so like Jesus, you can be empowered by the Holy Spirit, hearing from the Father.

God is always doing something new, but His building blocks remain the same guaranteed means of spiritual power and effectiveness.

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As modelled by Jesus, Convergence is what happens to a believer or group of believers when three constants can be identified:

  1. Spiritual Disciplines exercised,

  2. Spiritual Gifts employed,

  3. Spiritual Experiences, or God’s active presence expected

When Jesus is our model…

  1. These become foundational to how ministry is done day in and day out.

  2. The Church becomes a force for God in that moment, in that place, whatever the circumstances around them.

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Convergence Chapter by Chapter 

 
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Chapter One – The World as We Know It

Time may be linear, but history tends to repeat itself because we forget the past, or focus on only part of the past. The back story of Convergence is the context in Toronto, Canada, perhaps the most diverse, pluralistic city in the world today. The Gospel in this setting must rely on the wisdom of the first century much more than the wisdom of the fifteenth century. Our neighbors are much more like the pagan populations of Rome and Corinth than the Christianized populations of Geneva and Wittenberg. The context forces us to clarify our message.


Chapter Two – The Trinity as Foundation; Jesus as Our Model

Christians are right in holding high the roles Jesus fills as Savior and Lord, but we often overlook His role as model. Philippians 2:5-11, along with the Gospel record makes it clear that Jesus expected His followers to emulate Him. We won’t do this if we remain convinced that the unusual and supernatural aspects of Jesus’ life are explained by His being the Son of God rather than by recognizing that He was consistently choosing to operate under the guidance of His Father, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the original spirit-filled man, but expects us to follow in His steps and see great things done.


Chapter Three – Spiritual Disciplines

What explains Jesus’ remarkable effectiveness in ministry and life? He practiced the spiritual disciplines. The remarkable freedom in His life is actually explained by the spiritual order in this relationship with His Father. When we take time to review the classic basic disciplines of the Christian life we discover Jesus was a consistent practitioner of all of them. He knew, what we can discover for ourselves; that the spiritual disciplines are God’s preferred means for the formation of authentic disciples.


Chapter Four – What Is a Spiritual Gift?

Biblically speaking, the spiritual gifts are God’s guaranteed place of power for ministry. We do not choose them in the way we can choose spiritual disciplines to pursue; spiritual gifts are chosen for us and given to us by the Holy Spirit. Obedience then becomes the process of discovery of our gifts and willingness to use them for the benefit of the body of Christ. There is remarkable truth to be found in understanding the gift diversity Paul described in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6.


Chapter Five – Spiritual Gifts and Character

Obviously spiritually gifted believers are also capable of exhibiting even more obvious character flaws and sins. Spiritual formation and gift usage are meant to travel on parallel tracks, but the fallen world makes this somewhat uncertain. Important lessons about humility, permission, and self-awareness must be ongoing even during times of revival in the Church.


Chapter Six – Spiritual Gifts: The Love Category

For better understanding and increased effective use, it is helpful to recognize the categories of spiritual gifts. The 21 obvious gifts fall into three groups: Love, Word, and Power. Here we review the Love gifts: Administration, Helps, Mercy, and Giving. The objective is not only to describe the gifts and their usefulness but to distinguish them from the other two categories.


Chapter Seven – Spiritual Gifts: The Word Category (Part 1)

Christians tend to overemphasize the role of the Word gifts to the minimizing of the Love gifts and the neglect of the Power gifts. We make the point that Cessassionism is not a biblically warranted position and displays some unhelpful assumptions about the ways God works in the world. Here we review the Word gifts: Teaching, Exhortation, and Apostleship.


Chapter Eight – Spiritual Gifts: The Word Category (Part 2)

We continue to review the Word gifts: Leadership, Shepherding, and Evangelism.


Chapter Nine – Spiritual Gifts: The Power Category (Part 1)

We spend three chapters on the Power spiritual gifts because they are the least understood, accepted, or effectively practiced gifts within the Church. Where they are acknowledged, they are often elevated to a position that puts them at odds with the other two categories of gifts. Here we review the Power gifts: Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues, and Intersession.


Chapter Ten – Spiritual Gifts: The Power Category (Part 2)

Here we add two more gifts to the power category: Faith and Discernment of spirits.


Chapter Eleven – Spiritual Gifts: The Power Category (Part 3)

We end our review of the Power gifts: Healing, Works of Power (miracles), and Words of Knowledge or Wisdom.


Chapter Twelve – Convergence and Revival

Our experience of revival at C4 has had, in keeping with the historic pattern of such moves of God, an intimate connection with prayer. It has also had all the messy and exciting aspects of revival that are not given enough attention. Revival is upheaval, disconcerting events, and unexpected supernatural effects. When God is clearly at work, the degree to which humans have little control of the situation becomes obvious. Genuine revival is profoundly humbling.


Chapter Thirteen – Final Notes

Among the many interesting and significant discoveries we have made in exploring the components of Convergence have been such real things as “gift tension.” Though given sovereignly by the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, functioning through human beings in the still fallen world, do not necessarily function seamlessly. The differenced that can create amazing harmony can also create chaos, hurt feelings, and misunderstandings.