No, it’s not the mild greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. Reduction of the much stronger greenhouse gas, methane, was provided for by the Creator as reported in the book of Job about 4000 years ago! (Treasures in the Book of Job by Hugh Ross, PhD). In this context CO2 stands for “Church of Two.” In the CO2, the two who make up the church are focused on just two things: first, they long to connect with God in a mutually transformational way from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18); second, they long to be changed into winsome representatives of the Living God who called them out of darkness and into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). As the two go deeper with God, their Sovereign adds members as he sees fit. Once newcomers start joining the fellowship community, they have a choice which God will make clear as they seek him, wait on him, watch for him, and worship him (The Hour That Changes the World by Dick Eastman). The choice is to split into 2 CO2’s or make a larger community that will keep the same two emphases even with the challenges that come from the changed group dynamics with numerical growth.
Last time I came to Japan, I was able to meet with a couple of old friends who were going through a difficult time and was able to introduce N and E to the Savior who died for their redemption.
Last night I was able to meet with E again (on right) and was encouraged to hear that her and her mother are continuing to grow in the grace of the Lord! We lost track of time as we talked of extending the freedom of Christ’s benevolent reign in their context. I continue to pray for this family and trust that in time the other two members will join this growing community of vibrant faith.