If I said that, I have only ever been in ONE church, which was almost ran as they did in the New Testament times, many would not believe me but that is the truth. This left me to write a manual of how the New Testament Church should be conducted.
Many church leaders may not like this book as they may feel they do not have control over their fellowship’s content, but they will find this method liberating. To have control is different to being a controller.
It’s not about you and it’s all about Jesus building His People! An illuminating truth.
From my book “Babylon must fall!”
It is easy to see faults in the Church but to come up with the answers found in Scripture has been my challenge. Now it is up to church leaders to face the challenge of getting back to the Bible for direction.
The church to have spiritual and numerical growth the Church must return to a Godly way of worship. If the Universal or a local church is bathed in worship, then it will grow in the manner that God wants it to. If this is true and it is; then God has set out in the Word of God the guidelines for us to follow. Our task is to find these guidelines. I am sure that this book will go some way to aiding your development, guiding and bringing you some revelation that can help you to go further in your local church as we return to true worship to the Church.
It is vitally important upon every individual local church to build according to a Biblical pattern, and to train or disciple men and women to maturity, to fulfil the Great Commission, which is still our greatest responsibility. Jesus said we must go to the entire world and preach the Gospel.
Discipleship is a central issue after salvation for the individuals, and a key component with building a person and a cross-cultural church. The detailed importance of such a program will play a part in the longevity and effectiveness of any group of people. It will also bring major benefits to the new convert, which should be a major priority after the glorification of God. It is after the encounter with God that solidification in the faith is required through Discipleship.
Some may say the pastor, music, lights, etc. that make a successful church, but we need to take a good look at ourselves and see if we are trying to entertain people or train them in the right manner.
In the area of the church service; we may have Ecclesiastical/every-believer structure and methodology where every believer makes contributions to the running of the church service. This is achieved by every believer bringing some part of the service in sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Please note: Trust is an important dynamic here as it could be abused by a super-spiritual type of person who wants to dominate the meeting. Setting a flexible time limit around two to five minutes may solve this problem, failing this correction will need to be brought.
Key change Then how is it, brothers?
Paul starts here with an exhortation to think via a question and then opens his answer to the order of service in 1Corinthians 14:26 with six gifts. Paul starts with verse 26. Then how is it, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be for building up.”
Let us consider a church that has a ministry team of six, seven or eight, but it could be more or even less depending on the size of the church. It could be the deacons, elders, bishops, local pastor or a regular attendee. It must only be a regular attendee involved in this type of ministry as a newcomer may become puffed up with his own importance and thereby cause damage. The regular attendees could be nominated from the gathering, to operate within any of the six gifts listed below. In 1Corinthians 14:26 we find six gifts of revelation and one directive. In a small church it could be all the members being involved in the service.
Then how is it, brothers? Paul knew the answer and that was each person had something to bring.
has a psalm.
has a teaching
has a tongue
has a revelation
has an interpretation
Let all things be for building up
Paul said, “Let all things be done unto edifying.” (1Corinthians 14:26b) this is to say the verb edify in its original meaning is “to be a house-builder” Thus in all the order of management of the church in running a corporate service everything should be to build up the saints the living stones of God. (1 Peter 2:5)
Finally allowing people to bring their revelations of a living experience with God in their everyday walk with Him, will build the people up greatly and they will want to share this with others.
Then how is it, brothers? Means that from a loving active relationship with Jesus our God we will have things to share in the gathering. Thus you should be encouraged to share.
This short section is only some highlight from my book.
Well said Ian
Pastor Ian; Again you have opened the truth of the word of the Lord, however. in this day and age it appears to me that the general congregation does not want to be used in the manner the Apostle Paul has set out in His epistles but wish to be spoon fed and not have to fend for themselves in any way. Being spoon feed takes away the need to seek God for themselves, but will accept any rubbish offered them, therefore absolving them of responsibility of haveing to seek the Lord their God, it is similar to the Adam and Eve saga no one want the responsibility so no one needed to claim responsibility
Once again I must thank you Pastor for insight and opening the Word to those who wish to see it.