Synapses: Connections in the Body of Christ

While going about my business recently, the word ‘synapse’ kept rising in my spirit. A ‘synapse’, as defined by WordNet , is “the junction between two neurons (axon-to-dendrite) or between a neuron and a muscle.” I was thinking about my earlier vision of the network of cords forming around the Church, connecting all of the forms of church assembly to each other – from ‘traditional’ to ‘traditional’ (as in, a cord joining a Nazarene assembly to an Anglican assembly), from ‘non traditional’ to ‘non traditional’ (as in, a Chinese underground cell church to an online web church), and from traditional to non traditional, forming a net-like structure.

My attention was placed on the connecting cords – in my vision, the cords were being formed as I watched, and as two assemblies were connected, or whenever two cords touched or crossed over each other, a light flashed, which I knew to represent the Glory of the Lord.

I sensed once again that the relationships between the parts of the Body of Christ were important. While at a meeting of one of the house churches in my network I heard the account of a vision that one of the members had some years earlier, of a house made of playing cards. It had looked quite fragile, but when a puff of wind came, instead of collapsing, it slid along the ground, still intact. In her vision, she was told, “The strength is in the joints.” In the same way, in the above vision, I felt that the connecting agent was relationship, and that the Glory of the Lord shines through right relationship to other members of the body of Christ.

The connections represented synapses, where, again via WordNet, “nerve impulses cross a synapse through the action of neurotransmitters.” If the cords represent the central nervous system in the Church, the ‘nerve impulses’ represent the divine will of the Lord, represented as ‘thoughts’ from the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ. Continuing the analogy, the neurotransmitters would have to be those members of the Body of Christ who can sense the direction of that divine will, and be able to communicate it to the other parts of the Body of Christ – the apostolic and prophetic people, on whom the Word says the foundations of the Church are built (Ephesians 2:20).

The prophetic in the church takes the thoughts and will of the Lord and articulates it in language understandable by the rest of the body; the apostolic brings vision and direction based on the revelation of that will. As one of the leaders of my church network said recently, “Vision comes via revelation”, or, as Jesus put it – “…flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my father in heaven… upon this rock I will build my church…” (Matt. 16:17-18)

It is significant that a synapse can connect two nerves together, or a nerve and a muscle. This is saying that the Lord’s will is not just to be thought about, but needs to be acted on. (James 2:17, 26)

God is calling his Church to real relationship, to end the division and in-fighting about who has the ‘full’ gospel and who is ‘right’ – and focus on acting on the revealed will of God, first in Scripture, and then through the revelations of the apostles and prophets.

Also, as the Church comes together in unity and relationship, that connectedness will make those outside of the body hungry for the relationships demonstrated, as those who are not fully connected to the Lord are usually lonely people hungry for genuine relationship. (John 13:34-35).

Citation – “synapse.” WordNet® 3.0. Princeton University. 17 Jan. 2008.


2 Responses

  1. Good meaning of synapse and really well explained about the connections in the body of Christ especially on the strength in the joints of churches that is in our own hands I just enjoyed a lot reading the article.

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Christian…. 🙂 I pray that whoever reads this will decide to become an agent of unity in the Body as well as pray themselves that God’s standard of unity is achieved….


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