CTF Ministry Focus

The Chicagoland Transformation Fellowship focus can be broken up into four interwoven components.
Click on a heading to read about each below :

Kingdom Focus

In the gospels, we are taught by Jesus as to how we should pray. The very first request of God that we are instructed to make is that "your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10 NIV). This is the first component of what the Chicago Transformation Fellowship is striving to see take place. We want to see Godís kingdom taking hold on earth. America has long focused on the individual, and that mindset has crept into the American church. We are focused on the individual person, individual callings, individual gifts, and even individual churches. But God is calling many throughout this country, including CTF, to break from this and turn their focus toward God.

Throughout history God has been focused on the whole. In the Old Testament he looked to Israel to be his representation on earth. Now we, the body of Christ, have been given the task of serving to advance his kingdom here. In 1 Peter 2 we are told that we are built together as one on the foundation of Christ to be a holy priesthood. Therefore, we desire to see the body in the Chicagoland area coming together to advance Godís kingdom in this region and throughout the world.

However, when we ask the Father to have his kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven, we are not only saying that we want it to happen; we are not only saying that we believe it will happen. We are asking God to use us to make it happen. We are his instruments on earth. Jesus told the Pharisees, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation" (Luke 17:20 NKJV). We need to be active if we truly desire his kingdom is to come. Jesus said, "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it" (Matthew 11:12 NIV).

Because of these convictions, CTF encourages believers to use their individual gifts and callings within the framework of the whole. We need to support and embrace and be dependent on one another to see Godís work done. We need to be willing to work outside of our giftings when there is a need. And we need to do all of this so that Godís kingdom can advance and take hold of the communities in which we live. This is the transformation we seek.

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United in Relationship

In order to see transformation take place that truly brings Godís kingdom on earth, we need to have unity. This is a call that God is making to his church at this time. Throughout the world Christians are hungry to see change. They are no longer satisfied being an isolated believer. CTF is not the only or first ministry with this calling. God is moving. Because of this, CTF welcomes others to join along side us in the work God has given us. Anyone who professes Jesus as Son of God, recognizes that salvation comes only by grace, follows the infallible Word of God, and has a heart for transformation will find a place with us.

While we recognize that individuals come from different places, backgrounds, concepts, and understandings, we know that we serve one God and with one heart. We need to reject the flesh which would have us rely on first impressions, the natural, and our own judgments. Instead, we need to know each other by the spirit. In Philippians 2, Paul offers us Christís example as a roadmap for unity. By humbling ourselves, committing to one another, and offering of ourselves, we will see the unity that God desires us to have. We will be united in love, and spirit, and purpose.

The unity we can have as we learn to trust and respect one another will lead to growth. Paul understood this when he said, "I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strongó that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith" (Romans 1:11-12 NIV). As we grow in unity and strength, we become a net, knotted together in a tight bond. From there we can go on to encompass other individuals, churches, ministries, and organizations. But God does not only want unity within the church structure. We can reach out and form relationships with businesses, governments, and other organizations. And as unity in Christ develops through all aspects of life, transformation will take place.

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Desperate Prayer

God is uniting his people to advance his kingdom on earth. The foremost tool we have to accomplish this is prayer. The church needs to affect culture, society, people, and communities. However, the world has been a bigger influence on the church than the church has been on the world. This needs to change. Change comes through prayer. We believe that it is time for desperate prayer to remedy this desperate situation.

Acts 2 tells us that the early believers were dedicated to prayer and that they saw many wonders and miraculous signs. We need to understand what it truly means to be dedicated to prayer. This needs to be our first prayer. We need to ask to be freed from the blindness that we have. Only then will we see the true state of the world. We need to first be desperate to see that desperation Ė the need for change in ourselves, the church, and the world. We need to see where man has failed and be gripped.

Once we see what is at stake, we need to take action. Instead of becoming hopeless or accepting the status quo, we need to stand up and refuse to believe the lies that are before us. We need to be desperate for God to move. We need to come together before God with desperate prayers. Godís heart is for transformation. As we seek to be aligned with his will, our prayers will yield many wonders and miraculous signs. Change will be seen in our lives, our churches, our communities, our region, our country, and our world.

"Prayer is a mighty instrument,
not for getting man's will done in heaven,
but for getting God's will done on earth."
-Robert Law (Author and Bible Teacher)

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