A paradigm* shift for the Church! A simple Gospel! How refreshing to put new wine in new bottles. To be a child following Jesus. No more temples, clergy, reverends, tithes on demand and silly man-made names, titles or rules to divide us. The New Covenant sets us free. A follower, not a fan! Amen Come Lord Jesus! Matt 9:17
Let’s build the Church. We have the foundation #. When we are together we are able to be the Church! All that is needed is to acknowledge Jesus, invite Him to join us. Peter and the disciples went fishing and had breakfast with Jesus! John 21. Perhaps you are like me and in your heart, you know that the model of today’s mainstream American Church is not the model in the New Testament. Of course, some groups are focused on Jesus and doing the right things as they follow the mission. If that is you and yours, “keep running the race” Perhaps you have left the model that you once had as a child and followed this or that because you like the seed of the sower fell on rocky soil, or have been distracted by life events and the cares of the world. Fan or follower? Chan asks this question in his book “Crazy Love”
The traditional mainstream church in the CONUS is terribly divided with different doctrines, rituals, traditions and least of all names. If you read 1 Corinthians you see that early Church was divided, yet Paul called them Saints, Sanctified and the Church. My plea is not to throw rocks at anyone’s church or doctrine. My prayer is the same as Jesus when He said ” That they may be one” John 17: 21-
Paul wrote the Church at Corinth” I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.
What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas ”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? ” 1 Corinthians 3:10-13 niv
I am not advocating you give up anything of your faith. We are all learners, we are all followers if we truly seek Him. We are divided because we are human and we have our own mind. When we put on the mind of Christ we can see these differences and still agree to love one another. What does God’s word say to you? Does it matter what I believe vs what you believe? Does what I think matter? Not really. What matters is the relationship we have with Jesus above and beyond all those traditional things we call religion and church. Religion has never saved anyone. Religion placed Jesus on the cross.
To begin we must find common ground. Do you love God with no reservations? If that is lacking you need Grace. I have many times, like a bratty child throwing rocks at God. He still loves me and I paid dearly for those tantrums. Accept His Grace.
When Jesus talked about forgiveness He is clear we can’t fail if we ask for Grace.
He said “Ask and it will be given unto you, poured out, overflowing. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. ” Luke 6, read the whole passage in your bible and forgive your biggest debtor, yourself.
My prayer for you today.
Lord, I come hungry and thirsty for your love. I come to drink, to fill my soul with you. I am redeemed by your cross and will be glorified in your resurrection. My sins are forgiven, my regrets are history and my death is defeated. Empowered by your Holy Spirit I can do all things through Christ. Without you I am nothing. I welcome your Lordship. I am happy to be your child. Nothing can separate me from your Love, Nothing comes to me that has not passed through you. In the name of Jesus above all names, Amen!
Accept His forgiveness, Grace and mercy, learn to love as a child. Jesus said, “Such is the Kingdom. “
* “Paradigms are the mental maps that we use to describe the world around us.” Stephen Covey 7 Habits of Successful People
#“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11