Credited to Bo Salisbury
VISION OF THE ECCLESIA ( Called out ones )
At first in looking at the above writing, I almost passed it up as just too many words and no pictures. But then felt a nudge of the Holy Spirit to read it. And to my surprise I found a kindred spirit with one who was seeing the same things I have been seeing. “ It is not by our power nor our might that kingdom work is accomplished but by the Holy Spirit that the Church of Christ Jesus is being built. And it seems to me to be being built in spite of our efforts to box it in and make it comfortable and safe for ourselves with our add on vain traditions. Any more, If I can not find it being done in the New Testament with the context of the New Testament I am considering it a foreign vain tradition for giving GOD’s Glory to some man or some denominational institution.
In the New Testament we find CHURCH is of the people, no paid clergy. Offering and gifts were collected only for evangelism and to help the poor. Not one word about building anything. And the home gatherings were taught in 1 Cor. 14:26-33 to be a forum and interactive and not a theater (with all looking at the back of heads and to a stage as in entertainment.) Believers came to share and to participate not to watch a show and then go to lunch. In fact the gathering were on Sat. evenings and included a meal and had no time limit. And God’s Truth was top drawer and the Holy Spirit was always confirming with setting folks free and healing and delivering all who came, Acts 5:16. Personally I have seen this happen just one time in my Christian experience of 68 years. And it was at a gathering that was totally called together by the Holy Spirit and totally unexpected with nothing prepared.
It is very difficult for most of us to wash out the vain (vanity filled prideful) traditions that we have had sown into our lives. We keep doing them over and over and over thinking that some how God is going to honor them but HE never does. It is really a definition of insanity. We have been taught to go to a building called a “Church” when it is really the people who are the Church. Then we are taught to knell to pray, stand to sing, sit to listen and to pay our 10% and go home believing that we touched GOD and had HIM touch us. But this is nothing at all like an Acts Church as witnessed by Luke in writing about it. For sure it is orderly and much safer than the Church of Acts. But if we really want to touch God and be touched by HIM we are going to need to change back to the original design for the Church as guided by the Holy Spirit. And HE care little about our comfort zone nor us feeling secure.
When we gather together for Church it should be that the Holy Spirit has us bring with us the fruit, gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit to share with each other. When we come together it is nice to great one another but basically we come together to have time with our LORD through the Holy Spirit and lift Jesus up. Eph.4:11-16. Jesus told us that if even 2 or 3 gathered in HIS name He would be there. Matt. 18:20. Church is not numbers but relationship. “ For where two or three are gathered in My name [meeting together as My followers], I am there among them.” So are we following Christ Jesus as our LORD. Or are we following the vain traditions of religious men which doesn’t work ? Every time in the Gospels where Jesus showed up there was His supernatural ministry of HIS love confirmed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told us that we could do what HE did. Jn.14:12. So seems we have a bit of house cleaning and learning to do before getting to go home with Jesus.
Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life