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Sons of Thunder

Our Vision

We have "resolved to know nothing ... except Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (1 Cor. 2:2).  Knowing Christ intimately keeps our vision simple. Our vision is merely this: practice the presence of God.


Out of this simple enjoyment of divine intimacy, ministry is multiplied with favor and power through the quickening of the Holy Spirit. Many ministries focus on doing the "stuff" of the kingdom, yet many quickly forget to keep the main thing the main thing. God is looking for lovers, not mere workers. When He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Himself. Anything else is religious strife and ultimately ineffective. Our vision is single: Fixed on Him and Him alone. Yes, we want the nations, we operate in the gifts and we want souls brought into the Kingdom. But it all starts with gazing at Jesus.


Our vision is to cultivate a deep lifestyle of dwelling in His presence to such a degree that it overflows powerfully into our ministry to people. We want His oil on the books and resources we produce, and on all the conferences and foreign mission engagements we sponsor. The anointing truly breaks the yoke.


That said, we consider our ministry three-fold: To the Lord, to the church and to the world.


 

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TO THE LORD: Our vision for ministry extends first to the Lord, and secondly to His church and to the world. We recognize that our chief act of ministry and obedience is in worship to the Lord, primarily through loving Him with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our minds; and out of this should flow all other acts of service, including, foremost, to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matt 22:37-40). This is because Christ has ultimately purchased us for Himself.


:: abiding ::

In "ministering to the Lord" we contribute nothing to Him except the intimacy He Himself has provoked from us. We long to cultivate this relationship, enjoying such a tangible presence of God in our lives and ministry, that the supernatural is recognized and naturally enmeshed in our daily lives. And so, we view our highest call to be that of feasting on what He has accomplished, in devotion to the Lord Himself. As simple as this may sound, one would be surprised at how many full-time ministers spend no more than 15 minutes in prayer a day. We have resolved to let our entire lives become a prayer, continually in the ecstasy of His tangible, manifest presence. Unspiritual men produce unspiritual ministries. Our ministry will only be as effective to the degree that the truth of the gospel is first believed -- then preached and demonstrated -- as the presence of Holy Spirit enables both. Therefore, we not only place a high priority on soaking/worship/contemplative prayer, but we also focus heavily on divine intimacy in our teachings, conferences and resources


TO THE CHURCH: The purpose of our ministry to the church is to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13). Those works of service are primarily to love the Lord and people, and also "this is the work [service] that God asks of you: that you believe in the One whom He has sent" (John 6:29). Our ministry is to motivate the church toward no higher aim than to believe in the finished works of Christ. While we embrace pastoral, teaching, evangelistic, prophetic and apostolic ministry functions, it should be clearly noted that our apostolic message is the plumbline revelation of Christ and Him crucified.



:: application ::

In application, this call to equip the church will, for us, be demonstrated primarily through our resource publishing (writing, audio and video media materials) and itinerant revival ministry ( teaching, preaching and impartation at churches and conferences). This also includes the practical application of working miracles and "demonstrating" the Kingdom of God through supernatural manifestation. We believe that "The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power" (1 Cor. 4:20), and that signs follow those who truly believe (Mark 16:17). Beyond the mere working of signs, we believe that the church is called to "become" a sign through faith, "to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery" of Jesus Christ and to "make known the manifold wisdom of God" (Col. 3:9-10). In this aim, the church affects not only the unbeliever, but every sector of society, including powers and principalities in heavenly places.



TO THE WORLD: We recognize that ministry extends outside the church, just as the work of Christ affected the entire cosmos. And the Lord has those who will listen to His voice, to whom our message goes out to bring into the fellowship of faith (John 10:16).The ministry of Jesus to the world consists primarily of preaching the gospel in power, both in word and in deed. Our ministry to all mankind is rendered as service to God, acknowledging that whatever we do, even to the “least” of all people, we have done to Him. This includes acts of service such as feeding the poor, clothing the naked and visiting the prisoner (Matthew 25:35-36,40).


:: global harvest ::

We have a strong vision for reaching the world with the gospel, bridging the message into culturally relevant media outlets, reproducing ourselves to this end within the church, and personally hosting major evangelistic outreaches and various world missions to the far flung ends of the planet. In addition we build and support children's homes for orphans, provide humanitarian relief to the poor and ultimately seek to make disciples of all nations.


John Crowder, 11/28/2008


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