By Alan McWilliam
This is the third of our 6-part series of blog posts on the Cairn values. This week, Alan explores what it means for us to be catalytic….
Catalyst (/ˈkætəlᵻst/) – something that can cause or accelerate change by increasing the rate of a reaction.
In Cairn, we believe that things can change for the better. Indeed, we believe that that is what we are here to help happen. Fundamentally we are optimistic.
You see we have read the Bible. We know that the Kingdom of God ultimately wins. It is a rock-solid, take it to the bank, promise. Everything that ever needed to happen has already been achieved by Jesus on the cross. We are confident of this.
So confident in fact, that it makes us read life and live life optimistically. We know that no matter how things look now, God is still working out his redemptive plan. We know that “God can win with a pair of twos”.
There can be little doubt that in Scotland, Ireland and all of the Celtic nations the church is in massive decline. But we believe that our loving Father is “pruning the vine” to allow greater fruitfulness. For some this may sound like delusional nonsense, but to us it looks a lot like the foolishness of the cross.
You see, we follow the greatest catalyst there ever was. John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Jesus is the one that causes the greatest change of all – salvation. Without him there would be no change in our relationship with God. It is only through him that we have access to the Father. And interestingly like any catalyst he remains the same, yesterday, today and forever.
So why do we seek to be catalytic in Cairn? Simply put, we seek to cause a reaction. We seek to bring about change. We believe that within every Christian there is the reproducing, multiplying, spiritual DNA that has the potential to see every home, every community, every city, and indeed every nation, reached with the good news of Jesus Christ. It just needs to be released.
That is where a group of optimistic, faith-filled, gospel-centred people can make a huge impact. You see only a very small amount of catalyst is needed to increase the rate of reaction between large amounts of reactants. That is what Cairn seeks to be and do.
The potential for exponential growth is already seeded into the very essence of the tens of thousands of Bible-believing Christians in our nations. All that is needed is the catalyst. And He is already with us.