What does it look like to be a ‘releasing’ Church? To answer, let’s look at three words, three pictures, an acrostic and a question.
To ‘release’ is to ‘set free from confinement or bondage’, or to ‘make available for use’.
To ‘send’ is ‘to cause to go’.
To ‘yield’ is to ‘give way to arguments, demands, or pressure’, but can also be used as a noun, as an amount produced: ‘Wheat farmers had a very profitable yield this year.’
Notice that ‘release’ and ‘send’ have very similar meanings, but we feel that the word ‘releasing’ is important for us as Trinity Church.
Look at these three pictures of a target, an archer, and a yield sign:
As we seek to define our culture at Trinity Church, we imagine individuals being released—in much the same way that an archer releases an arrow toward a target—both inside and outside of our fellowship. Why? In order to yield a fruitful harvest for God.
We can think of the word ‘yield’ as an acrostic:
Let’s look at those in more detail:
After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place He was about to visit. And He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.
– Luke 10:1-2
Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so also I am sending you.”
– John 20:21
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
– Matthew 28:18-20
God is a releasing God. Let us be a people who say yield, and say “yes” to God’s call, as he also says “yes” to us.
Now to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
– Ephesians 4:7
But Jesus would not allow him. “Go home to your own people,” He said, “and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy He has shown you.”
– Mark 5:19
Every believer has been given an individual grace in particular measure for the work He has for us.
Let us Yield to the grace God gives us!
And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for works of ministry and to build up the body of Christ.
– Ephesians 4:11
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
– Ephesians 2:10
God has created us with gifts and abilities to use for his glory. Not only that, but he has prepared us for good works in advance, that we would walk in them. We are called to be equipped – and the church is the petri dish for our releasing culture.
Let us yield to the process of being equipped!
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
– Romans 8:14
The Spirit of God dwells in us, sustains us, teaches us, and leads us. In order to be released for the work God has called us to, it’s important that we are continually allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us.
Let us yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit!
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who has looked intently at the perfect law, the law of freedom, and has continued in it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an active doer, this person will be blessed in what he does.
– James 1:22-25
It is easy to hear the Word of God and not do anything with it. However, the Bible says that if we are not doers of the word as well as hearers, it’s like looking at ourselves in the mirror and immediately forgetting what we look like as soon as we walk away. God is calling us to be released into doing something with what we’ve heard, and as a result, experience the blessing that comes with that.
Let us yield to being a doer of the Word, and not just a hearer!
With those three words, three pictures, and acrostic in mind, consider this question today: