After Jesus met Zacchaeus at the sycamore tree, He said He had come “to seek and save (Greek.: “Sozo” – restore/ make whole/ heal) what was lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus commissions His followers, His Church, to do the same.
The Sycamore Commission is a growing international teaching and equipping ministry committed to the support and reformation of the Church. Founded and directed by Mike and Cindy Riches, Sycamore along with its associates and partners ministers in many nations in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.
Sycamore ministers to churches, church leaders, and individual Christians to bring about a restoration of the power and ministry of Jesus to lives, ministries, and communities around the world.
The Sycamore Commission was born in an effort to help the Church recover and live out Jesus’ mission statement as found, in His own words, in Luke 4:18-19:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
We believe strongly that Jesus intended for this mission to continue with His disciples both then and now (see John 14:12 and 17:18,20). The focus of our ministry, therefore, is to serve the Body of Christ by helping church leaders, churches, and individual Christians understand, fully recover, and live out the powerful, life-changing, Kingdom-advancing ministry of Jesus Christ!
Jesus said that He came ‘to seek and save what was lost’ (Luke 19:10). The word “save” here is translated from the Greek word sozo, meaning “restoration, healing and making whole. ”
In the Gospels’ account of Jesus’ own ministry on earth, this word is used to describe spiritual salvation, physical healing, and also deliverance from the influence of the God’s enemy, the devil. Jesus came to restore every way in which Satan has stolen and destroyed God’s original design and purpose for our lives.
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus describes His own ministry as including preaching Good News to the poor, proclaiming freedom to the captives, sight to the blind, release for the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
In John 14:12, Jesus tells us that ANYONE who has faith in Him will do what He did and even greater things. As the Father sent Him into the world, so He sends us (John 17:18). Therefore our mission, as His Church, is to continue the ministry that He had on earth and to bring restoration in the same ways that He did. The Sycamore Commission works to equip the Church for this mission.