Market Seventy: Reclaiming the marketplace

FastStart: Personal and Corporate Purity

Why You Need It

The transformation journey you have committed to will take all the grace, power and authority of God to accomplish. You will be partnering with Jesus who is without sin and who cannot coexist with sin. He offers you the opportunity for complete freedom from any bonds of sin that would limit your effectiveness as His partner. If you are to represent Him in transforming the dark places into light and reclaiming His Kingdom, you must be prepared to be completely filled with light, yourself, eliminating all the darkness within your life.

What It Is

Personal and Corporate Purity is a process of examining yourself and every part of the organization – from its founders and history, through its current management and ways of doing business. As it reveals sin, you are lead through a process of repentance and redirection. The goal is to be the perfect vehicle for the delivery of God's grace through the products and services of the organization with no personal or corporate impediments.

What You Have to Know

Sin creates an entry for division, poverty, dysfunction and sickness. It separates us from God and moves us out from His covering, and gives Satan legal grounds for attacking our bodies, minds and spirits, our families, organizations, cities and nations. The Bible calls us to personal purity, commanding us to "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Sin weakens our ability to will and to act according to His purpose, damages our credibility as representatives of Jesus, inhibits our ability to hear and obey the Spirit, and alienates us from God.

The Bible also calls us to corporate purity. Families, tribes and countries play a key role throughout the Bible, culminating in the induction of nations into the New Jerusalem. "Nothing impure will ever enter it." You have been entrusted with the organization you are leading and are responsible for ushering it into the coming age. You must prepare it for its role.

What You Have to Do

There are three major tasks for you to accomplish before you move on.

1. Identify and repent of all personal, ancestral, and corporate sin.

2. Actively appropriate God's forgiveness and the curse-breaking sacrifice of Jesus in those areas.

3. Establish frequent, regular habits of examination, repentance and appropriation.

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Attain and Protect Purity

Introduction to Personal and Corporate Purity in Marketplace Transformation

You can’t pump clean water from a tainted well, and it won’t stay clean flowing through a dirty pipe. That’s what Personal and Corporate Purity is all about – ensuring that the gifts we bring to our world are not contaminated and that our delivery of them guarantees that they stay that way. What’s deep inside is what will come out. Jesus teaches, “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:43-45)

Personal & Corporate Purity is a process of examining every part of the organization’s delivery system – from its founders and history, through its current management and ways of doing business. As it reveals points of contamination, the individuals (on the Personal, confidential side) and the management team (on the Corporate side) are led through a process of repentance and redirection. The goal is to be the perfect vehicle for the delivery of God’s grace through the products and services of the organization.

This section will cover four areas: Personal and Corporate Cleansing, Past and Present Cleansing; Outside and Inside Cleansing, and Keeping it Clean.

Are You Ready?

After you have read and prayed through Count the Cost, join us in readying yourself and your organization to bear fruit that will last. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2)

Why is it important?

In addition to what we've just said, above, Jesus calls us to “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) “Oh, great,” you say, “I might as well give up now, because I’m never going to make it to perfect!” God doesn't command us to do the impossible. The word translated “perfect” in that passage is teleios, a Greek word meaning “having reached its end, i.e. complete; mature.” It’s a variation of the same word Jesus used as He died on the cross and cried out, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) We believe Jesus is calling us to a process of continuous improvement (to use a common business term) in which we draw closer and closer to the fullness of whom we are created to be – someone in the perfect likeness of God.

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