According to the Biblical view of human life, transformation is the change from a
condition of human existence contrary to God's purposes to one in which people
are able to enjoy fullness of life in harmony with God (John 10:10; Colossians 3:8-15;
This transformation can only take place through the obedience of individuals and
communities to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whose power changes the lives of men
and women by releasing them from the guilt, power and consequences of sin,
enabling them to respond with love toward God and towards others (Romans 5:5) and
making them 'new creatures in Christ'. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Transformation is the progressive, ongoing and measurable, supernatural impact
of the presence and power of God working in, through and apart from the Church
on human society and structures. In the Church, this is characterised by increased
holiness of life, reconciliation in relationships and appetite for prayer, God's Word
and worship. Through the Church this is characterised by accelerated conversion
growth, mobilisation of gifts and callings, and an increased relevance to and
participation in greater society.
This 'Transformation Covenant' calls Christians everywhere to unite in effective witness to the whole Gospel.
The Gospel is concerned with every dimension of life.
We call Christians from all denominations to joyfully and compassionately share that
"...which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked at and our hands have touched - this we proclaim concerning the Word of life." [1 John 1:1 NIV]
Transforming Sydney seeks to serve communities of servant-catalysts in motivating
the whole body of Christ to bless our city and our nation.
This requires that the body of Christ be mobilised for prayer and collaborative action
in order to reach all nations with the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Mission as transformation has emerged as a new paradigm at the beginning of the twenty-first Century.
We are living in a fallen, deformed world needing to be transformed.
Individuals are being called to be conformed to the image of Christ.
Churches are being challenged to be renewed and realigned with God's greater purposes.
To impact society we have to be the temple of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives,
and thereby take the Holy Spirit with us at home, to work, and wherever we go in society,
i.e. to be the temple of the Holy Spirit in the domains of the world.
"And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled
(fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us."
[John 1:14 Amplified]
"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred,
and you are that temple."
[1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NIV]
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your body."
[1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV]
It is not possible to bear witness to Christ without reflecting his image,
which is made alive in us by grace and power of the Spirit.
(John Paul II "Redemptoris Missio")
We also need to work with a spirit of unity and collaboration between prophet,
priest and marketplace leaders by building teams in the domains of the marketplace
that move from agreement with Kingdom principles, to alignment with Kingdom practices.
Thereby we will produce good fruit that will last, multiply and impact the world with the Gospel.
A Call to Transformation
God's heart cries for revival, God is ever present and ever ready to pour out His Spirit
and revive His Church and save the lost. But we, His Church have always been His problem,
We have lived in a way that God cannot honor with a revival.
God cannot pour out His spirit on unrepentant church, without having disastrous consequences.
If we don't renew our wineskin, the old unrepentant wineskin would burst,
if the new wine of the Holy Spirit was poured in.
"Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins.
If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.
No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."
[Matthew 9:17 NIV]
God has new wine for His people, but it will only be poured out at a price,
and that price is to make ourselves new wineskins through repentance.
If His people pay that price, we will see Heaven moved and the earth renewed
and the coming of our Lord and all His Holy Ones with Him, praise God.
(From "How to recognise a revival" by Rob Cartlidge.)
As Christ's disciples, we must have reconciliation and unity among ourselves
to be able to transform a big city like Sydney: to love one another as Christ loves us.
Transforming Sydney was created to support the working of the Holy Spirit in our city through our brothers and sisters in Christ.
It did not come from the planning of men and women, but has grown naturally from of the desire of Christ
to reconcile Himself with Sydney that has been planted into the hearts of many people.
These servant-catalysts do not desire or require any glory or recognition for themselves,
but seek only to lift Jesus up and for God to be glorified, and to encourage others to do the same.
Some of Transforming Sydney initiatives
are 'Adopt a Suburb'
and 'Adopt a Business'.