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RELATIONSHIP V THEOLOGY

A change in thinking in the church, particularly relating to leadership.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

We continue our look at leadership from the perspective of the people.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

CALL

CALL, CALLING

MINISTER

MINISTER

MINISTRY

 

 

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THE POWER OF THE CALL - continued

 

 

FROM THE PEOPLE'S PERSPECTIVE (Continued)

 

Any call, whether in the world or in the spiritual, has both 'blessings' and responsibilities.

When we are given a job promotion in the natural, we would normally have the blessings of status, greater job satisfaction and more money. However, to 'earn' these privileges we will correspondingly have greater responsibilities. Perhaps longer hours, harder work, responsibility for more staff or achieving budgets, etc.....

As at the workplace, there are two sides to the equation in the spiritual also.

Unfortunately however, the 'costs' of following Jesus are not as well publicised as the spiritual 'benefits'! Too much of our teaching and preaching is centered round what Jesus has done for us rather than what we are to do for Him!

Yes, salvation is free!

 

 

Romans 6:23

 

 

I do not need to go further here as we all know the blessings that have been promised those who walk with Jesus.

The unbalanced concentration upon the blessings however, has led to a weak, 'Father Christmas' view of God and the Christian life that has no foundation in reality and leads to 'new converts' becoming disillusioned with the false promises made and hope given of a free ride in life.

The 'power of the call' of Jesus carries with it both blessings and obligations.

 

 

Romans 6:18

 

 

And again..... 

 

1 Corinthians 7:22

 

 

We have been set free from sin, but called into a life of slavery! Of slavery to righteousness!

We remove one yoke only to have it replaced by another.

We move from the yoke of slavery to sin.....

 

 

Galatians 5:1

 

 

to an entirely different yoke, but a yoke nevertheless. In one of the most beautiful and comforting teachings of Jesus, He says..... 

 

Matthew 11:28-30

 

 

Yes, we are to move from the negative of slavery to sin to the positive of slavery to righteousness and holiness.

 

 

Romans 6:22

 

 

The power of the call is not the present of a bottomless bank balance and a life of superficial happiness and ease, but rather, of a changed life, a life lived by following the example of Jesus. It is not necessarily easy.....

 

 

Matthew 10:37-9

 

 

We are required to lose our own life in order to grow into the likeness of Jesus. 

 

 

However, it is more than this. For it is a call for the individual believer to do the work of the Lord. This is a prime difference between the 'church view' and 'kingdom understanding'.

In reality, in spite of what is preached, under the church system we employ 'professionals' to do the work on our behalf. Pastors, priests, social workers, office staff, the list goes on. As people, we pay our tithe or offering to them to do the work of evangelism and provide the social services to which the whole body of Christ is called.

 

 

Matthew 28:19-20, John 13:29

 

 

The effectiveness of the church system in achieving these goals needs to be questioned.

Who Gives Two Cents for Missions? We Do, to Our Shame
Gene Edward Veith. World Magazine, October 22, 2005.

Of every dollar given to a U.S. Protestant church, the average amount that goes to overseas missions is two cents. In 1920 the church gave 10 percent of the total offering to missions, compared to today’s 2 percent. The church’s current spending practice seems to indicate an increased emphasis on internal operations and programs over the broader mission of the church.


So what is the answer?

Ironically, in the verses most used to justify the system of fulltime professional leadership, is the truth of what the leadership role truly is.

 

 

Ephesians 4:11-12

 

 

The work is to be done by the people, not professionals.

The reality of human nature in the division of work oriented society in which we live is that, as long as there are professionals to do the work, they will be given the responsibility to do it by those who pay them. No amount of preaching to the contrary will change this perception and reality.

Please do not get me wrong. I understand and appreciate the dedication and commitment of multitudes of pastors and leaders worldwide who are deeply committed to their churches and their people. I also understand your need to 'pay the bills' of day to day life. I understand that many of you could earn more money elsewhere, although for others, this is not the case.

Unfortunately though, the system is not working. In spite of the billions being poured into it, biblical goals are not being achieved. To the contrary, the major growth is happening in areas eg. China, where traditional systems do not exist.

From my understanding of church history, in broad principle, I have seen that God has raised groups of people operating in the Holy Spirit power, who have worked together to achieve the goals Jesus set out. Eventually however, each one has become formalised, paid professionals have been appointed, enthusiasm has waned, and another denomination formed. God then seeks another group who are prepared to be fully sold out to Him.

The key to fulfilling God's plan is a leadership and people that are one, so that all do the work.

 

 

NEXT WEEK: RELATIONSHIP V THEOLOGY - THE POWER OF THE CALL

 

We conclude our look at leadership from the perspective of the people.

 

 

A NOTE FROM DAVID

 

We need a radical change in our attitude to 'church'.

Gone are the days when we, the people, can pass the responsibility of doing the work of Jesus to paid professionals.

Round the world, people are getting the revelation that Jesus is relying upon all His followers to do their part in building the kingdom of God. For the kingdom is resident, not only in leaders, but in all believers!

May we accept the call upon each and every life.

JESUS: BACKGROUND

Historical Overview

Rome - ROMAN LITERATURE

The Romans borrowed their forms and models of literary work from the Greeks. But gradually the Roman authors implanted their own beliefs and character into their works. The first literary form to reach significant development among the Romans was drama. Roman drama, patterned after the New Comedy of the Hellenistic Era, was light, entertaining, often humorous, and sometimes satirical.

 

 

So until next week.......
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD!

His servant and yours

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