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Issue No: 595     Published: 11 Mar 2013

TRANSITION FROM 'THE CHURCH' TO 'THE KINGDOM'

A new series, looking at the some of the changes we need to make to move from a 'church' to a 'kingdom' mindset. (See the last 17 weeks of PGIM)

FROM “ORGANIZED” TO “ORGANIC”

This topic is likely to be another area of controversy, one that takes us outside our comfort zone! For, as human beings, particularly in the West, we are so used to organising everything - including God!

Although many will see this as a promotion of the House Church movement, it is not, for house churches generally, have fallen into the same traps as their larger cousins.

So what are we talking about?

Put simply, it is about letting God have His way, in His church. "Of course God has His way in OUR church", I can hear you saying! But does He really?

Who runs your Church? The pastor, minister, eldership, or perhaps, people - or Jesus through the Holy Spirit.

Who writes your Order of Service? The pastor or minister - or Jesus through the Holy Spirit?

Who proposes the building of and administers your buildings, and initiates your programmes? The pastor, minister, eldership or people - or Jesus through the Holy Spirit?

Of course, you are going to say to me that Jesus through the Holy Spirit inspires our leaders to do these things for Him.

While this may be true to an extent, I respectfully suggest to you that, 95% of the time, we humans, no matter how well intentioned, take over and do things our own way in the name of God.

Let us look at church buildings. How many building projects struggle for money? Virtually every day I get requests for money for buildings. God must be a terrible provider! My experience is that churches with wealthy congregations have far less trouble raising money for buildings than those whose congregations are poor. Surely that isn't God's way? But it is human reality, for we all like to build physical structures that we can see and use.

Let us look at our order of service. Is it the same every week? Do we to get in everything that needs to be said and done? Everything is done in good and decent order. So much so, that God, through the Holy Spirit, is locked out, or perhaps given a few programmed minutes for His word to come through prophecy. Surely that isn't God's way? But it is the human reality.

Of course we know that there is to be order in the church. As Paul says.....

39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. (1 Corinthians 14:39-40)

While many churches do not allow either, even those that do, become so ordered that tongues and words are highly restricted and formalized, there being so much else to get through.

Let us look at our church programmes. Do we pick up our programmes from the latest conference, seminar or book, trying to apply that which was successful elsewhere to our own situation, then getting disappointed when it underperforms? Surely that isn't God's way? But it is the human reality.

And we could go on.....

Of course, I understand that there weren't as many Christians in early New Testament times as there are today. That meeting in houses or other smaller venues was easier because of it. But the result of the increase in size has been that WE AS BELIEVERS, DO NOT GO TO CHURCH TO PARTICIPATE IN, BUT TO BE MINISTERED TO.

Effectively, what we have done is to recreate the Old Testament Priesthood, where the Priests were appointed by God to convey His wishes to the people.

8 Then the LORD said to Aaron, 9 “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the Tent of Meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 10 You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, 11 and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses.” (Leviticus 10:8-11)

The High Priest was the only one allowed to enter the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God dwelled, and then only annually, on the Day of Atonement.

The Day of Atonement

The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the LORD. 2 The LORD said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover. (Leviticus 16:1-2)


Therefore, under the Old Covenant there was a separation between the Priests and the people, something which re-entered the Christian church through the Roman Catholics and despite attempts to get rid of it through the Reformation, effectively is still with us today, in so many ways.

Picture of the High Priest (Similar robes to so many today?

Next week we will see how Jesus came to change this system, of how the New Covenant is to be so very different to the Old.

(This theme to be continued next week)

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FROM THE WORD

Orderly Worship

"What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored. Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way." (1 Corinthians 14:26-40)

The Death of Nadab and Abihu

"Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: “‘Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’”
Aaron remained silent. Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them, “Come here; carry your cousins outside the camp, away from the front of the sanctuary.” So they came and carried them, still in their tunics, outside the camp, as Moses ordered. Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not let your hair become unkempt, and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the LORD will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the house of Israel, may mourn for those the LORD has destroyed by fire. Do not leave the entrance to the Tent of Meeting or you will die, because the LORD’s anointing oil is on you.” So they did as Moses said. Then the LORD said to Aaron, “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the Tent of Meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses.”" (Leviticus 10:1-11)

The Day of Atonement
"The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the LORD. The LORD said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover. “This is how Aaron is to enter the sanctuary area: with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. These are sacred garments; so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on. From the Israelite community he is to take two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. “Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household. Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. He is to cast lots for the two goats—one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat. Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD and sacrifice it for a sin offering. But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat. “Aaron shall bring the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household, and he is to slaughter the bull for his own sin offering. He is to take a censer full of burning coals from the altar before the LORD and two handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense and take them behind the curtain. He is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the smoke of the incense will conceal the atonement cover above the Testimony, so that he will not die. He is to take some of the bull’s blood and with his finger sprinkle it on the front of the atonement cover; then he shall sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the atonement cover. “He shall then slaughter the goat for the sin offering for the people and take its blood behind the curtain and do with it as he did with the bull’s blood: He shall sprinkle it on the atonement cover and in front of it. In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been. He is to do the same for the Tent of Meeting, which is among them in the midst of their uncleanness. No one is to be in the Tent of Meeting from the time Aaron goes in to make atonement in the Most Holy Place until he comes out, having made atonement for himself, his household and the whole community of Israel." (Leviticus 16:1-17)

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KNOWING GOD

351. The more I discover about God the more I realise there is to know.

352. The closer I get to God, the more I realise how big He is and how small I am.

353. While God graciously accepts me as I am, His desire is for me to become more like Him.

354. When God moves, the results are beyond our imagination. Why then do we try and do His work ourselves?

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TUESDAY TEACHINGS

THIS WEEK: A REVELATION OF.......THE TABERNACLE OF MOSES - ESTABLISHING GOD’S PATTERN FOR THE CHURCH

'POTTED' HISTORY OF THE CHURCH 2

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LAUGHING AT OURSELVES

***Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused***

*** Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others. ***


612. DOUBLY POWERFUL PRAYER
Johnny, a very bright 5 year old, told his daddy he'd like to have a baby brother and, along with his request, offered to do whatever he could to help. His dad, a very bright 35 year old, paused for a moment and then replied, " I'll tell you what, Johnny, if you pray every day for two months for a baby brother, I guarantee that God will give you one!"

Johnny responded eagerly to his dad's challenge and went to his bedroom early that night to start praying for a baby brother.

He prayed every night for a whole month, but after that time, he began to get skeptical. He checked around the neighborhood and found out that what he thought was going to happen, had never occurred in the history of the neighborhood. You just don't pray for two months and then, whammo- a new baby brother. So, Johnny quit praying. After another month, Johnny's mother went to the hospital. When she came back home, Johnny's parents called him into the bedroom. He cautiously walked into the room, not expecting to find anything, and there was a little bundle lying right next to his mother. His dad pulled back the blanket and there was -- not one baby brother, but two!! His mother had twins!

Johnny's dad looked down at him and said, "Now aren't you glad you prayed?"

Johnny hesitated a little and then looked up at his dad and said, "Yes, but aren't you glad I quit when I did?"

611. THE PERFECT CHURCH
A rich man went to his vicar and said, "I want you and your wife to take a three-month trip to the Holy Land at my expense. When you come back, I'll have a surprise for you".

The vicar accepted the offer, and he and his wife went off to the Middle East.

Three months later they returned home and were met by the wealthy parishioner, who told them that while they were gone, he had had a new church built. "It's the finest building money can buy, vicar," said the man. "No expense was spared."

And he was right. It was a magnificent edifice both inside and out. But there was one striking difference. There was only one pew, and it was at the very back.

"A church with only one pew?" asked the vicar.

"You just wait until Sunday," the rich man said.

When the time came for the Sunday service, the early arrivals entered the church, filed onto the one pew and sat down. When the pew was full, a switch clicked silently, a circuit closed, the gears meshed, a belt moved and, automatically, the rear pew began to move forward. When it reached the front of the church, it came to a stop. At the same time, another empty pew came up from below at the back and more people sat down.

And so it continued, pews filling and moving forwards until finally the church was full, from front to back.

"Wonderful!" said the vicar, "Marvellous!"

The service began, and the vicar started to preach his sermon. He launched into his text and, when 12 o'clock came, he was still going strong, with no end in sight. Suddenly a bell rang, and a trap door in the floor behind the pulpit dropped open.

"Wonderful!" said the congregation, "Marvellous!"

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FACTS FOR FUN

LAST WEEKS QUESTION: What is an ‘inclined elevator’?

ANSWER: Quite logically, ‘Inclined Elevator’ was another term used at the turn of the twentieth century for what we now call an escalator. The first one was installed at Harrods department store in London and was scary enough that store personnel served brandy to customers who felt faint while riding it. (Most today feel faint at Harrods prices!)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What is a Welsh rabbit?

Answer Next Week.

SOME FUN FACTS

900. IDENTICAL FINGERPRINTS?
Identical twins may be identical in every other way, but their fingerprints are unique. (On the outside, that is. For we are all unique, inside – sometimes too much so!)

901. YOUR DOPPELGANGER
Your doppelganger is your double, the personification of another side of your character's personality, usually a dark or demonic side. It is said that seeing your ghostly double may be a portent of impending death. The word is derived from the German words "doppel" ("double") and "ganger" ("goer"). (Would prefer Jesus to be reflected in my personality.)

902. WHAT IS JELL-O (JELLY) MADE OF?
Primarily of gelatine. That sounds good. But gelatine is made up of boiled bones, hides, and sinews from pigs and cattle - basically any leftover animal parts. To make the gelatine taste and look good, food colouring, sugar, and flavouring are added. (Wish you’d never asked? You didn’t actually!)

A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU

Make another word from this word using all the letters.

LINKAGE

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EXTENSIVE EXPLANATIONS

1. BUSINESS FAILURES
Did you hear about the……

*Paper company that folded?
*Brake company on the skids?
*Bra manufacturers that went bust?
*Surgeon forced to take a salary cut?
*Cigarette company that went up in smoke?
*Baker who was short of dough?
*Refrigerator manufacturer with frozen assets?
*Corset firm that felt the squeeze?
*Upholsterers that couldn’t cover their costs?
*Adhesive tape company in a sticky situation?
*Tennis ball manufacturer who ended up in court?
*Downfall of the bungee suppliers?
*Train company that went off the rails?
*Ship builders that sunk?
*Dental practice rotten to its roots?
*Concrete manufacturer whose liquidity set solid?
*Nurseryman who got planted?
*Lawyer who contracted?
*Accountant who was unbalanced?

4. COW LESSONS
Everything I need to know I learnt from a cow:

1. Wake up in a happy mooo-d.

2. Don't cry over spilled milk.

3. When chewing your cud, remember: There's no fat, no calories, no cholesterol, and no taste!

4. The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

5. Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on.

6. Seize every opportunity and milk it for all its worth!

7. It's better to be seen and not herd.

8. Honour thy fodder and thy mother and all your udder relatives.

9. Never take any bull from anybody.

10. Always let them know who's the bossy.

11. Stepping on cowpies brings good luck.

12. Black and white is always an appropriate fashion statement.

13. Don't forget to cow-nt your blessings every day.

6. GOOD(?) NEWS
*** The parachute company says you'll get a full refund.

*** They say the house didn't float very far at all.

*** The "National Enquirer" just loved those pictures of you at work.

*** Jerry Springer wants to surprise you on his show.

*** The reward for your capture has reached fifty thousand dollars.

*** The insurance pays the full book value ($312) for your 1956 T Bird.

*** The thieves left the push lawnmower and hedge trimmers.

*** Those Grand Juries always over-react. Don't worry about it.

*** The boss said while you're sick, he'd do all your work personally.

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BIBLE TRIVIA (Festivals and Holidays)

THE BITTER HERBS.....

..... used in the celebration of Passover (Numbers 9:11) may have included chicory, wild lettuce, and several plants whose leaves were gathered for use in salads. But, most likely, they were dandelions. Today they invade our gardens, but their original home was in the lands bordering the Mediterranean.

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The Media Doesn't Get Religion

March 1, 2013|11:15 am

Describing the Pope's last public mass, Anthony Faiola of the Washington Post wrote about young seminarians taking notes with tears in their eyes and tour groups straining their necks to catch a glimpse from the rear of the church.

Then he got around to describing Benedict's procession. As Faiola told Post readers, "He walked with a gilded cane in the shape of a cross" as people cheered "Long live the Pope!"

The "gilded cane in the shape of a cross" he's referring to was actually a crosier, the shepherd's staff that symbolizes a bishop's role as the leader of his flock.

The Post isn't alone in its apparent ignorance of this most ancient of Christian regalia. Eight years ago, the New York Times, referring to the same object, called it a "crow's ear," which given the anatomical improbability of the phrase, should have caught an editor's attention.

But it isn't only Catholicism: Scarcely, a month goes by without some major news outlet referring to Evangelicals as "Evangelists." Similarly, these outlets often use the word "evangelical" and "fundamentalist" interchangeably, and their work suggests that most of what they know about us is limited to what they have gleaned from the world of politics.

As Terry Mattingly documents regularly over at "Get Religion," the media doesn't "get religion."

And given the centrality of religion to so many people's lives, this ignorance and tone-deafness is bizarre. Imagine a sportswriter repeatedly referring to the "last two innings of the Super Bowl." You would rightly question his competence and go elsewhere for your sports news.

Yet something very much like this kind of ignorance pervades mainstream coverage of religion. Please note: I'm not talking about bias, of which there's plenty. I mean people writing about a subject they just don't understand.

Yet people who don't know a crosier from a crow's ear pontificate (pun intended) on whom the next pope should be and what the Catholic church "must" do to become relevant.

And people for whom Joshua, Judges and Ruth is, at most, an album by Lyle Lovett, report on people for whom the Bible is the guide to life.

I say this in sorrow much more than anger. It's a painful reminder that we're really living in a post-Christian culture.
Chuck loved to tell the story about the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk in World War II. As the British people awaited news of their fate, they received a three-word message: "And if not."

As Chuck said, "It was a reference to the words of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego standing before King Nebuchadnezzar's fiery furnace. 'Our God is able to save us … and if not, we will remain faithful to him anyway.'"

The British people understood the message, and organized what is considered a miraculous evacuation.

It's difficult, if not impossible, to imagine something like that happening today. Neither the media nor, to be fair, much of the audience, would get the reference.

To call ours a "post-Christian" culture isn't so much a statement about individual people's beliefs as it is a description of the role Christianity plays in shaping the imagination of our culture. For much of our history, Christianity played a central role in this shaping. Non-believers made and understood biblical allusions.

Now, even the most basic references go right over our heads. Everyone is a fundamentalist and popes carry birds' ears. We just don't get it anymore.

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WAXING LYRICAL

Words that tell a succinct story! 'In-ept' perhaps! Lol!

...EPT

While Jesus wept,
The Disciples slept,
Could not accept,
His divine precept.

His death swept,
Felt totally inept,
To themselves kept,
While time crept.

Resurrection concept,
No promises unkept,
They became adept,
So to service lept!

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A DAVID MUSING

A bit of nonsense that just came to me! You would wish it hadn't, I know! But it did! Hope you can work it out!

THE CROOK CHOOK!

Look, look, look!
Chook, chook, chook!
Cook, cook, cook!
Crook, crook, crook!

Spew, spew, spew!
True, true, true!
Anew, anew, anew!
View, view, view!

Well, well, well!
Swell, swell, swell!
Tell, tell, tell!
Heaven, not hell!

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MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD

His servant and yours

David Tait

Today's 'Word Puzzle' Answer: LEAKING

TODAY'S 'BIBLE QUESTION' ANSWER: a. Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

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