God led us to commit to one another, and to Him,
that we would pursue obedience to 5 simple Biblical commands:
Abide in Jesus | Be Filled with the Spirit | Preach the Word | Intercede | Die Daily
The Abide and Bear Fruit Consultation, held in October 2017, represented church planters and leaders from around the world who have a compassion for Muslim peoples. The priority was to abide in Jesus (John 15) so that our work in the Muslim world will be a reflection of Jesus in our lives. This was also time to learn more about the Muslim world and the skills and methods that are bearing fruit.
During that gathering, leadership presented an idea: Is the Lord inviting us to ask him to save 10% of the Muslim world in the next 10 years?
As a body of delegates from all over the world, we wrestled with what we felt God was saying. We discussed it around the tables. We prayed. We took the time to hear what God was saying to us as best we could discern it. After a process, over 90% of the delegates felt that God was telling us to fast and pray. Around 75% of the delegates felt that God was specifically wanting us to ask Him for at least 10% of the Muslim world to be saved (Romans 10:9) in the next 10 years. 25% of the delegates were either unsure, or not comfortable with attaching a 10% prayer goal to the prayer and fasting. Some felt it was too presumptuous an ask. Some felt it was too low of a request.
At the end of much prayer and discussion, we felt that the Lord was leading us to move forward. It was named the 10/10 Prayer and Fasting Initiative. It exists as a simple invitation to whosoever wills, that we join in asking the Lord to save 10% of the Muslim world in the next 10 years. It is an organic movement of prayer. This site and the prayer app exist as a tool for global collaboration in 24/7 prayer and fasting.
The consultation also produced the following covenant. Most delegates signed and committed themselves to walk this out, as a community of faith.
THE ABIDE BEAR FRUIT COMMITMENT:
For the glory of God and the engagement of every Muslim people group through effective church planting, we make the following commitment by God’s grace.
1. ABIDE IN JESUS
John 15:5, Psalm 1:1-3, 1 John 4:16 He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit. For without Me you can do nothing.
We commit to consistently give Jesus extravagant time and to make abiding in Him our first priority and foundation of ministry.
2. BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
Ephesians 5:18, Acts 2:4, 4:8, 4:31, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 1:17-23, 2:1-5, John 1:1 Be ye being filled with the Spirit…, And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…, …then Peter filled with the Holy Spirit…, …and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
We commit to seek to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit that we boldly proclaim Christ, the Word of God.
3. PREACH THE WORD
2 Timothy 4:2, Mark 4:14, Isaiah 40:8, Acts 28:31, 2 Timothy 2:2, Matthew 28:19-20 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching…, the sower sows the word…, the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever…, …preach and teach…, faithful men who will in turn teach others.
We commit to faithfully obey, boldly preach, and widely sow the whole Word of God, making disciples among every Muslim people group by lovingly demonstrating Biblical truth.
Ephesians 6:18, Acts 13:3, Daniel 9:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…, As they ministered to the Lord and fasted…, …make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting.
We commit to regularly pray and fast with perseverance, individually and corporately, for church planting movements among every Muslim people group.
5. DIE DAILY
Galatians 2:20, John 12:24, Luke 9:23, 1 Corinthians 15:31, I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me…, …unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much fruit…, …if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily…, I die daily…
We commit to follow Jesus, taking up our cross daily for the effective engagement of every Muslim people group.
“In the love of God, by His grace, and for His glory, we commit to God and each other to abide in Jesus, be filled with the Spirit, preach the Word, intercede, and die daily, believing that every Muslim people group will experience a church planting movement.”
Signed_____________________________________, so help us God.