The 4 R Vision written by Dr. Joseph Mattera, USCAL Convenor, has been adopted by all ICAL National Coalitions
The 4 R’s
- Restoration of the Church
R -Restore the church to the mission and method of the way of Jesus and the apostles
R- Reconciliation between ethnic leaders and churches
R- Revive the church to expand kingdom influence
R- Reformation of society and the discipling of the nation’s
Restoration of the Church
One of the first goals of the national coalitions is to help restore the church to the simplicity, authenticity and effectiveness of the (Apostolic) New Testament church model. The apostolic church in the first century was marked with rapid growth that resulted in penetrating every aspect of culture resulting in transforming the Roman Empire within three centuries!
We are in the process of networking with Apostolic Leaders to produce hubs of leaders, local churches and marketplace entities in cities that interface with other similar hubs in cities resulting in a cohesive national Christian movement affiliated internationally through USCAL.
The prayer of Jesus in John 17:20-23 shows us that the world will not believe the Gospel as long as His church is fragmented and divided. In the present church, there is ethnic and denominational division, and a plethora of independent evangelical churches that are non-affiliated and (in essence if not consciously) building their own empires instead of God’s Kingdom.
It is the goal of USCAL to model the prayer of Jesus and encourage apostolic leaders throughout our nation to build bridges and cross ethnic and denominational lines. It is only when apostolic leaders cross-pollinate and enter into Kingdom partnerships that the Body of Christ can be one and have significant kingdom influence in each nation.
We desire see local churches and all believers infused with the passion and power of God according to Acts 1:8 to reach every nation for the Lord Jesus! Only a revived church can awaken sinners and usher in the glory of God in nations! Every generation has to experience a true, heaven sent revival or else they will resort merely to man centered strategies to expand kingdom influence! Evangelism and church growth merely through the use of technology, marketing schemes and cultural relevancy without the manifest power and presence of God will result in a weak, ineffective church! USCAL promises to promote true revival in our nation!
Revival in and of itself is not enough! Merely awakening sinners and filling churches will not bring systemic change to society! USCAL espouses the original “Cultural Mandate of Genesis 1:26-28 which obligates apostolic leaders (in both the church and marketplace), to think through issues related to stewarding the earth and the reformation of nations. Truly, revival brings people into the church but reformation results after the church equips the saints and commissions them to go into every sphere of society to reflect the Kingdom of heaven on earth. (i.e. In heaven every person and system is aligned under the Lordship of Christ)
Merely reviving the church without a goal for reformation will result in mega church growth with minor church influence in culture!
Jesus, as the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45) pointed us back to the original “cultural mandate” and told us to both win the lost (Mark 16:15-17) and disciple whole nations (Matthew 28:19-20)
Isaiah 61:1-4 teaches us that the good news that comes to the poor, heals the broken hearted and brings liberty to the captives should also result in repairing ruined cities and healing the devastation of generations! Consequently, the proof of the gospel is not only transformed lives but also flourishing cities and nations!
And finally, according to Isaiah 2:2-4, God’s goal is not only for individual conversions but for nations to adopt His moral and civic law for institutional conversion -the mission of USCAL is to work for both!
And what is so exciting about all of this is that every National Coalition within the International Coalition has adopted the same vision.
For the first time since the Early Church, Apostolic Leaders are “speaking the same thing”. This in and of itself is revolutionary!
Copyright © (2015) Dr. Joseph Mattera, Convenor USCAL