Perth is a beautiful city. But like any other city around the world we have our issues, with pain of all kinds lurking beneath the façade of respectability. Domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and brokenness of all kinds are on the increase. This is why we gathered on May 4th, 2019 for Movement Day Perth. We wanted to gather together to first fix our eyes on Jesus, and then open up a dialogue about the challenges that our city faces. We wanted to seek God and His direction. We wanted to see His vision for the city and how we can be a part of the solution. We wanted the Holy Spirit to fill us, and give us fresh revelation and wisdom.
A couple of years ago, MD Perth leader Nick Scott sensed the Lord strongly laying a phrase on his heart; “The Father wants his family back!”. Now it is very evident the Lord is intentionally bringing His church family together in Perth to accomplish his redemptive purposes here in our city, to bring his blessing and shalom to our city.
We feel that we are at the very beginning of a long term plan that the Lord is setting up, and He wants to begin with the church. A broken, wounded, divided church cannot bring healing to a broken, wounded, divided city! God is healing relationships within the Body of Christ and bringing people together in new ways, on the back of a rich history of church unity here in our city. We are all different, diverse, and unique. We have influence in different spheres and gifts to be used. We believe 1 Corinthians 12:18, “…in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (NIV). Each of us has a vital role to play, and it could not be done without unity within the church. We believe that this strengthened unity in our city will be the foundation of future missional effectiveness.
During our time together, we asked everyone, “What does unity in the body of Christ in Perth mean to you?”. The most common responses were:
The theme of unity resounded loudly at Movement Day Perth and was demonstrated powerfully as we all shared stories, made new connections, and gathered in worship. We sang about our God who saved our lives and realized that He not only saved us individually, but collectively. He placed all of us – 250 attendees – in a room at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church intentionally and with purpose. He is calling us to “move in the same direction” infused with this holy mission and brought to pass through collaboration, not competition. We are seeing that koinonia; Christian fellowship, with God and with fellow Christians. He is molding beauty from imperfection; shaping us into the image of His son until we mirror that same complexion. We do see a change. A gathering, a momentum if we become one family with no divide. One body, one baptism, one church. UNIFIED.