Jericho to Transformation
Most ministry leaders today would agree that at least some good things are happening on campus, yet also acknowledge that dynamics from within and without are impeding the advancement of God’s Kingdom. When identifying these “walls”, they are a bit more amorphous than the physical walls that Joshua confronted, but they are every bit as real and formidable. In summary, there are two types of “walls” that need to come down:
- The inner walls in our hearts are blocking our love for Jesus, fellowship with each other, and weakening our boldness and effectiveness in ministry. These walls are built over time and constructed by secret sins and are causing Christians to be isolated, wear masks, and weaken the unity and health of the local body of believers. When God arrives to do a work of transformation, He first begins with us, the body of Christ, on campus. Once these walls are removed, living water springs forth and authentic life in Jesus will emerge.
- Also, the walls the enemy has constructed throughout the campus are real and controlled by the enemy through a world system that misrepresents God’s character and man’s condition. Powerful movements of God’s Spirit throughout Scripture and history are characterized by a work within God’s people that spills out to impact the broader campus community. When these walls crumble communities are changed and God is glorified.