Sound Doctrine Titus 2: Paul sez…….”Pastor”

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The role that the “Clergy” play in the vChurch (visible church) clouds the meaning of the word we use for shepherd in the New Covenant. The actual position if we must rank people, shepherd (poimen) or “Pastor” is at the lowest rung, most humble position according to Jesus in the foot washing teaching He gave His disciples. If you don’t understand that story you won’t until you are humbled by God. If one wants to know their rank in the military or what the mission is we ask the commander. Jesus sez; “the first will be last, the least of these my Brothers and Sisters, Feed my Sheep” the lowest is the greatest”. We do not see any ranks in the order of vChurches until after the 2nd CE when smaller gatherings would seem to be depending on larger groups. “Pastor” is used one time as a word in Ephesians. Read the differing translations before you jump on the conclusion wagon. Read carefully before you have the flag/name tag made with your rank on it. Peter spoke quiet force-ably to the “Fellow Elders” The shepherds/elders he spoke to were warned; Not to do anything for money, personal gain or selfish ambition. The sheep analogy doesn’t work for you if you know little about sheep. Anyone that has owned and cared for sheep knows that people are like sheep, but the sheep are somewhat smarter, they will follow the leader that leads to food, shelter from danger and calm pastures. A shepherd knows you can not drive sheep except thru fear and pain. One vicious wolf can kill a flock of 50 in a night. Peter warned of this in these verses “The elders which are amonge you I exhorte which am also an elder and a witnes of the affliccions of Christ and also a partaker of the glory that shalbe opened: se that ye fede Christes flocke which is amonge you takynge the oversyght of them not as though ye were compelled therto but willyngly: not for the desyre of filthy lucre but of a good mynde. not as though ye were lordes over the parisshes: but that ye be a insample to the flocke. And when the chef shepheerde shall appere ye shall receave an incorruptible croune of glorye. Lykwyse ye yonger submit youre selves vnto the elder. Submit youre selves every man one to another knet youre selves togedder in lowlines of mynde. For god resisteth ye proude and geveth grace to the humble. Submit youre selves therfore vnder the myghty honde of god that he maye exalt you whe the tyme is come. Cast all youre care to him: for he careth for you. Be sober and watch for youre adversary ye devyll as a rorynge lion walketh about sekynge whom he maye devoure: whom resist stedfust in the fayth remebrynge that ye do but fulfill the same affliccios which are apoynted to youre brethren that are in the worlde. The God of all grace which called you vnto his eternall glory by Christ Iesus shall his awne silfe after ye have soffred a lytell affliccio make you perfect: shall settle strenght and stablishe you. To him be glory and dominio for ever and whill the worlde endureth Amen. By Silvanus a faythfull brother vnto you (as I suppose) have I written brefly exhortynge and testifyinge how that this is the true grace of god wherin ye stonde. The companious of youre eleccion yt are at Babilo saluteth you and Marcus my sonne. Grete ye one another with the kysse of love. Peace be with you all which are in Christ Iesus.Amen.” Tyndale Bible Version, predates the King Jimmie version. This link will take you to a fav version https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/poimen.html

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Paul warned the elders. Jesus spoke of the “Hired Hand” we should be wary of. The warnings were for the shepherd to watch for wolves from among the flock that would teach false doctrine. We need to know another word to understand the teaching. Our walk is the life we live as we go through the world of time and space. We are in a “Tent” of a physical body. God is Spirit, we must understand the simple fact that God is “High and Lifted up” above everything.

http://storiesfromtherevolution.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-john-wesley-missed-family-church.html

The simple Gospel needs simple answers. Sound Doctrine Titus 2:

We must have a clear conscience before God; 1Pet 3:20-21, If this note from Peter gives you pause of confusion, I don’t laugh at your ignorance. I am sad that the simple Gospel of Jesus has been twisted by the divided denominated daughters of the whore of Babylon into Graceless or works based folly of religion. Please do a careful study of Grace.  http://jackcottrell.com/…/saved-by-grace-2-saved-by…/

Does your group practice “Sound Doctrine”? Titus 2:, 1 Timothy 6:3,Ths Gospel is simple for humble people. The one Law (Gal 5:14) we must obey is often overlooked in religions based on rules, rituals, and traditions. The RM has been divided since the first meetings over music, missions and bravo sierra that men made up for control. When elders and followers give up pride and wash feet instead of looking for specks in others’ eyes you may find unity. Grace is not how good we are but how forgiven we are.https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/titus/2.html

When we form community, gather, assemble we disciple and make disciples by our message, the Gospel as defined in 1Cor15 as the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus. The creed we claim to honor with our life is Ephesians 4:1-6. If we claim to be people of the Word we should study to show ourselves approved. If we follow sound doctrine we will disciple our neighbors, strangers we meet and those drawn to us by the life we live. 1 Pet 2 reads ” Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentilesso that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.” Sound Doctrine is taught to the shepherds of the flock via the instructions Paul wrote in the letters to his two young disciples. Your group either follows the instructions or not. How does not following instructions work for the followers of Moses? We are firmly convinced that God is withholding His wrath only so that we can share this message.

We must be unified on “Sound Doctrine” Titus 2:1-10, We must follow one law Gal 5:14, We must be born of the Water and Spirit John 3. The Gospel is far more simple; Caring and loving than men’s doctrine. Sheep and Goats are separated by their deeds/works. We are saved by Grace for good works. The rest is rules and rituals of religion. Take a serious look at the basic course video on commands vs traditions and then listen to Chan in the next video. https://basicchurch.teachable.com/

47 yrs ago a follower of Jesus that preached to the hippies, homeless, lost children , runaways, druggies, gangs, and a few disciples on the mean streets of Atlanta Georgia, Jim Vernon gave me a copy of a New Testament that was written by a Bible College professor in the 1890s. The text is King James English and a side bar of revised standard. That is not what is important or interesting. The ministry is still going with the leadership shepherding as Jim planned serving the “Least of These” http://jesusplace.info/mission/ministries

The interesting points are that as I used the book as a resources for the classes we were learning of the New Testament (no I did not learn Greek), I barely made a d in English one semester. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt.html

The notes in the Johnson commentary of this book explained and made simple a lot of the question one might have. None of the professors or people I was with in those years disagreed with the book’s common sense explanations on the details of the New Covenant. One must realize the lens Barton Johnson was looking through was before our nationalist expansion was quite done, no major wars since the Civil War for America. The Mideast was a different world a Muslim world and Jerusalem had been deserted for years between wars that trampled the city and obliterated any trace of the city of David under rubble. Nations in 1890 looked to Great Britain for the largest Navy, biggest Army, Banking Center and leading government on Earth soon to reckon with it’s own sins of conquest and oppression of ethnic people for the good of England. This world of 1800s for the followers of Christ had no teaching on the “Rapture”, no clue that new cults, sects, denominations, and divisions that would arise over men’s teaching of errors. “Wolves will always be at the flock” The follower of Jesus used a simple Gospel for simple people. Barton Johnson visited the Mid East in the 1860s . The eyewitness reports he gives on the places in the NT that he visited is very good for the student to know how this culture was before later events and progress corrupted or helped it into the 20th Century. Walk through the Acts as the writer takes you to the places Paul traveled. The commentary. Here is a free online site that has the writings of many good people. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt.html You can download a copy here. https://www.ccel.org/ccel/johnson_bw/pnt.pdf

Do your “Shepherds” know the sheep by name, feed them the Bread of life, Drink with them from the Water of Life? In order for your group to have Clergy, reverends, higher than your status priests you must go out side of the writings of the first 100 years after the Resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel of the Apostles doctrine was radical, crazy, foolish to the “wisdom of the world” and based on simple people with no special gift that is not available to everyone in Christ. Read my previous on the Holy Spirit, I have watched people levitate and appear to rise from the dead. Your gathering has shepherds in place if it is in any way organized past the basic discipleship phase of 2 or more, the more being important to numbers people, apparently not to God. Elijah did not mind being the only servant, he just did not want to be alone without God. Always the number of the Ekklesia was more than one, the flock was disciplining, growing, dynamic. What did the evil one do? Divided us! The shepherd knows his sheep, feeds them by his hand and leads them to living water. Clergy follows rules, rituals, and traditions of men. Learn your history, please. The Gospel is far simpler than some would want.

We are either the slave or master of something. We either follow “Sound Doctrine” or not. Our obedience defines our deeds and thereby defines our understanding of grace. Ephesians 2: “for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, [it is] the gift of God;9 not of works, that no man should glory.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.” Where are you walking? Titus 2:1-10 what is sound doctrine? Read Titus for answer.
https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-timothy/6.html

These links take you to the online reference we use; https://www.biblestudytools.com/1-peter/5-1-compare.html

 If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound wordsthose of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 1 Timothy 6:3

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https://www.biblestudytools.com/ephesians/4-11-compare.html

Abraham, the one that Paul speaks of in Romans 5 is here in the conversation of Jesus with the Jews about the resurrection of the dead. Note the “Deeds” Jesus tell the crowd to do. John 8:39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 “But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. What are the deeds? https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/ergon.html

Acts 3:25 “It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.’

Romans 2:6-7  who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;

1 Cor 15 :8  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord , knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord .

2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-corinthians/3.html

Gal 6:4  Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,  niv.

Eph 4: 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/ephesians/2.html

Col 1:10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord , to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; Walk is an action word. Used as a metaphor for your life or the way you live. Gal 5:16 But I saywalk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

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Billybob Bojangle

Billybob Bojangle Grace is not how good we are at keeping laws but how forgiven we are by obeying Jesus, not by works of the law. Obeying Jesus is an action we take to be right with God. The faith only crowd would tell Abraham to stand, don’t move God will save you anyway. Abraham was made right because he obeyed in faith the Word of God. We are saved by the faith we have not by proxy or doctrine of man’s will.  http://jackcottrell.com/…/saved-by-grace-2-saved-by…/

https://www.ccel.org/ccel/johnson_bw/pnt.pdf

Restore….

Bought this mixer that is almost old as I am. It was dirty inside and would run but sounded like the gears were worn and something was loose. The thrift store accepted a donation for the mixer as is. The Dormeyer 4300 was made in Chicago in the 50s with bronze cut gears, bronze bushings and solid mechanical components that were in use before transistors, micro processors and push button computer controls.

1957 ad in McCalls for the mixer. I was 8 yrs old when $57.50 was a lot of cash. Today we have forgotten the crafts that could produce a simple mixer without the cheap technology that relies on so much infrastructure.
The mixer had been well used the bowls looked original abut were worn and cracked. I wanted to use to make bread and baking. My mentor has taught me bread making and I want to try some recipes that require a lot of mixing. and the arthritis in my hands does not help.
The mixer needed cleaning. The cord was frayed, the old grease was stiff and not where it is needed. Old bread batter or ? coated the insides.


Taken apart the parts all washed
The points that switched the ground circuit on were burned. Cleaning and realignment helps. These old motors worked without transistor parts. Using the electrical technology of the 40s the product is simple and easy to fix. America won the World wars with the technology of this mixer. The vacuum tubes and relays ran the equipment and machines of the 40s-50s. The transistor was invented in the late 40s. What would happen to you if nothing with a transistor worked? What if we had no GPS, Satellite Communication, weather or radar? No cell or electrical power from the grid?

I am sad that few young people want to learn to fix things with their hands, few want to acquire the skills and knowledge to use the hand and the mind.
Cleaned up and running smooth. Love these old machines. God does the same with us. Sold for pennies on the dollar as we set our own worth. Discarded by those we trusted, abused in the name of love. He finds and makes a bid for us, we decide if we want to be restored to Him. We must count the cost of total commitment, you can’t do this restore half way. If we accept, He washes us and cleans us, covers us with the “Cloak of Right ness” so we can be with Him. Simple Gospel, no new ideas or theology. Simple message He loves the old and the young, the male the female, the pagan and the Jew, the enslaved and the free, all can be one in Christ. Galatians 3:24-27, Acts 2:, Titus 3:4-5, Ephesians 4:3-5, Romans 6 :17.

Where are you? Does it matter?

Couple from a wall painting found in the ruins of Pompeii. ad 79. Called the “Baker and his Wife” we can imagine that stylus and folding tablet are a sign she is a scribe, a strong woman she is covering her husband’s sword arm as his equal. He is holding a sealed document . The fashion denotes affluence. Would the co workers of Paul, Aquila and Priscilla look similar as Jews living in Rome? What did they teach Apollos “A man Mighty in the Scriptures”? ans The New Covenant, Acts 18. Woman and men in the new covenant are treated as equals.

We are the Temple of God being measured in Revelation.

4 And coming to Him as to a livingstone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and preciousin the sight of God5 you also, as livingstones, are being built up as a spiritualhouse for a holypriesthood, to offer up spiritualsacrificesacceptable to GodthroughJesusChrist6 For this iscontained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICESTONE, A PRECIOUSCORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 7Thispreciousvaluethen, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERSREJECTEDTHISBECAME THE VERYCORNER stone,” 8 and, “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OFOFFENSE “; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were alsoappointed. In Context Parallel Interlinear Compare Click on any underlined word for resource online.

Think Paul and Silas, having “Church” in the jail cell of Philly, or Jesus and the disciples on the beach for a fish fry, or maybe a meal of “Breaking Bread” at Phoebe’s to read Paul’s letter or a quick move from Rome to escape persecution and a new “Church” is planted by the team of Priscilla and Aquila? Grow where you are or pray to the master for relocation. Do not be surprised if persecution, job loss, health issues make the move for you. You may not like the place or move but God has a plan in every move, ship wreck, every jail cell, every lonely road to Gaza, every widow’s mite, every jar of oil, every drink of cool water in His name, every snake in the firewood, every Pilate, every Judas, every Peter and Paul. The couple of early followers of Jesus are Priscilla and Aquila, who were fellow workers of Apollos, Paul and others noted in the NT. Priscilla could have written the book of Hebrews and edited Paul’s letters. We are sitting around the canvas shop or worse the tannery making tents, or over our meals where we stay. We talk and share ideas, we ask questions, we pray and hear from God. Change happens slow. Look at the attitude of Apollos. Priscilla and Aquila are equals, co workers with the team Paul

Restoration of the Ekklesia of Jesus. We are one, that is the invisible Church/Ekklesia of Jesus Christ. We are around the globe, universal, not defined by borders, nations or google maps. Our architect is the master builder, our cornerstone is the Rock of ages Jesus Christ. No other foundation can anyone lay for the Ekklesia of Jesus Christ! We are the “living stones” a spiritual house of God a Temple of the Holy Presence of God, the abode of His Spirit to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. No human hands! We have the one law the Perfect Law of Liberty and are commanded to Love one another. We are to model the Apostles doctrine in all we do. We love our neighbors, forgive our enemies, wash the feet of our bros and sis. Follow Jesus not religion. The visible “church” is your choice of community, it is as diverse as people are, it can be divided and denominated as the models I see are often broken. Many struggles to support the model they have adopted as pleasing to God while catering to the world’s whims. The visible “Church” has a place it is just not sure of the role it should play. Is the work of the body chasing gameday fans with “itching ears” or pursuing entertainment to the harm of the followers that seek Jesus? Does the Vchurch preach Him brutally, blood sacrificed on a Roman Cross for my sins? Does the Vchurch teach repentance & immersion for sin? Does the leadership follow the New Covenant standards for Elders and deacons? Are everyone’s gifts used by the body? Does it meet the needs of the surrounding people that need help? Does the Vchurch support the local homeless, sick, shut-ins, widows, orphans, feed the hungry? Or is it a restrictive membership club/fort/retreat/venue for a select few? You decide. This on “Church membership contractshttp://thewartburgwatch.com/permpage-church-membership-covenants-legal-contracts-that-are-not-biblical/?fbclid=IwAR2IhLapkU0ierzwYIppcEvs-B8_tE7JEll8MQfcOiU7JPGXbGsDSzaIL7c

Jesus told a woman, an outcast in an outcast society of half breed Jews that it would not matter where we worship God in the New Covenant because ” God is Spirit, We must worship in Spirit and in Truth” When we abide in Christ, “Put on Christ” we are the “Temple of God” When we are “In Christ” there is no physical object, of the world, of the flesh, we must have or need. To place a man-made rule or ritual between us and Jesus is to place barriers to the “One” we must be with Him. This will cause many to stumble. Many will quote traditions and common taters to hold those tenets ingrained dear. The Gospel of Jesus Christ as Messiah is so simple, so loving, so forgiving all the fluff, rules, rituals, mixed covenants, reverends, titles, social/political/religious organizations of man’s folly have made being a “Christian” is ambiguous and must be defined by labels and standards we can not find in the message of Jesus Galatians 5:14, for they are man’s and give special people power, control, and the gold. I may be throwing rocks at glass houses, some will dismiss as a crack pot, God uses those pots as he sees fit. I am not throwing stones but pointing to Jesus. Paul sez “Some say I am for Peter, Wesley, Calvin, Luther or Apollos” “Is Christ divided?” These are all good men, followers of Christ, in their own way, following the light they could see in the age they lived.

One of the harshest critics of the New Testament is Dr. Bart Erhmans, He knows the history surrounding the New Testament. If you think you know the NT listen to this atheist trash some traditions you may hold dear and throw rocks at all the glass houses. He is very biased and while my attitude is to let him rant. If that is the best Satan has my faith is unshaken by his “Facts”. I wondered about Erhmans saying Paul did not write some of the letters. Then God revealed to me a picture found in Pompeii of a contemporary couple of the co workers of Paul. The woman is a scribe, she is holding the first century equivalent of a iPad or tablet. Priscilla taught A man “Mighty in the Scriptures the Better Way” Acts 18. The idea that Priscilla could have been like the woman in the picture and as the co worker of Paul helped/influence/corrected grammar of the letters. She could have written Hebrews as some support. Here is the record for Priska, in the NT. https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/priska.html

What separated the disciples from the other religions of the day? Acts of the Apostles (As led by the Holy Spirit) Teaching the Apostles teaching from house to house. person to person. We have a copy of the claimed to be “Apostles Teaching” or Didache of course this is not in the respected canon, but it does show what some thought in the first 125 yrs of the Ekklesia.

Does being born again refer to regeneration as in Titus 3? Many reformed teachers have told me the water refers to human birth but human birth and ancestral relations are excluded earlier in John 1:13. Peter said that Cornelius’ conversion was the same as Acts 2? Who are we clothed with? 1 Cor 12, Romans 6 parallel with 1 Corinthians 15 Is this the Gospel in action? If we confess Jesus as Lord will we obey his commands? not leftover dead laws and obsolete covenants. Apollos “was mighty in the scriptures” What was he missing in Acts 19? Aquila and Priscilla treated him as a brother and taught him the Way more fully. What does Ephesians 4:3-6 mean “One” ? I thought they are many faiths? Every pagan knows there are many gods we know there is One. That is where we start. We teach disobedient and ignorant seekers where God is Spirit and the Word of God to them.

The “Temple” use in NT by verse https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/hieros.html

“I don’t agree with you.” That is what he said. My acquaintance a denominational “pastor.” Who favored Calvin on some days and then he would ask me what I thought. Rom 14:4 Who am I to judge another servant of our master. I will point to the master’s rules and ask that we reason together for an understanding. I am sure the Holy Spirit does not confuse us. I may confuse you or Luther may confuse me as much as Wesley does, but that does not mean I like at all Calvin or really like Paul more. Is Christ divided? I favor Peter over Paul. I can understand Hebrews so I think maybe Priscilla wrote it. ( the lady in the picture was living at the time Paul lived some say.) You do know what is in her hand. These were the tech savvy people of the day. The many voices, the big egos, the greed for power and control have given us a history of war and rumors of wars and many with the cry of a heretic to burn. If we can not unite on the precious blood of the lamb of God by submitting all our heart, soul, mind, with life’s blood ready to be poured out like a drink offering then what can we rally around? If Satan can keep you from the blood he does not care how many visible churches you bless. You must be clothed with Christ, the blood of the lamb. Your Temple must be clean for the Holy Spirit to abide. We will be known by our fruit and deeds/lives 1 Peter 2:12 How that happens is clear for me. You may view a different procedure or practice. That may be based on _________? A Practice of the Apostles Teaching in the new covenant, Direct command of Jesus, an old covenant practice or ritual, traditions, man-made doctrine introduced after the age of Apostles. translations made by common taters, “Church” rules, some guru, a world religion, a cult that denies the God of Isaiah 9 ” the very image of God” is the Jesus Christ of the new testament record and as Apollos is “Mighty in the Scriptures” before his update by Aquila and Priscilla to the Gospel 1 Corinthians 15

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That is what separated the children of God from pagans. Their gods needed little temples to live in or idol images for people to focus on. People could go by when called or when they wanted to. Worship was focused on ritual and rules officiated by a “priest”. Our God is in no building made with hands. We are the temple of the Holy God. The visible church is so divided they cannot agree on stuff God clearly sez. My Bro or Sis identifies with Jesus, loves God and obeys the light they have in all humility and honest searching for the truth, we will share and fellowship, “Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you” Gal 5:14. The proud, stubborn that hold to traditions, doctrines of men, old covenants,”Philistine wagons”, or worse are disobedient children and God will deal with them on His terms with them. Does being born again refer to regeneration as in Titus 3? Many reformed teachers have told me the water refers to human birth but human birth and ancestral relations are excluded earlier in John. Peter said that Cornelius ‘ conversion was the same as. Acts 2? Who are we clothed with? 1 Cor 12, Romans 6 parallel with 1 Corinthians 15 Is this the Gospel in action? If we confess Jesus as Lord will we obey his commands? not leftover dead laws and obsolete covenants. Apollos “was mighty in the scriptures” what was he missing in Acts 19? Aquila and Priscilla treated him as a brother and taught him the Way more fully. What does Ephesians 4:3-6 mean “One” ? I thought they are many faiths? Every pagan knows there are many gods we know there is One. That is where we start. We teach disobedient and ignorant seekers where God is Spirit and the Word of God to them.

Some of the reference material used to develop the writing. Use of a resource does not mean I agree with or support the resource. You can find a PhD, Reverend, Guru, Pope or pastor that will tell you it is OK to marry your ______(fill in blank) and handle poisonous snakes. You can find anything and everything on the web.

Much love for my Bro Phil and his comments

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Jerusalem

New Church Tahoe https://newchurchtahoe.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorship_of_the_Epistle_to_the_Hebrews

Who is the seed of Abraham? https://www.gotquestions.org/seed-of-Abraham.html

http://www.wearechurch.com/ We are Church/Ekklesia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Jerusalem

https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/oca/acts-15.html

https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/naos.html

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/ephesians/2-21.html

Tithe to give or give to tithe? My Bro Phil from England offers this concise essay on the 23% of the Tenth. https://www.phildrysdale.com/2014/02/tithing-the-great-commission/

 

 

 

 

Peter, James and Paul walk into “Church” today……

https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/ekklesia.html

When we say “Church” and the talking head on the news sez “Church” and the person in traffic at 10 am rushing to “Church”, What do they mean when they say “Church”? What did Jesus say? What does Ekklesia mean today? Many people have been martyred for translating, printing and distributing bibles. The sick puppies that try to control the people by hiding the Truth are among us.

The state political religion hated Wycliff so much they dug up his bones and burnt them. He had translated and handed the bible to the people. It is history. The state political churches helped the state control the people. The church recorded the people’s birth, required infant baptism and records of marriage and death as civic duty required for taxes, service in the state fields, army or navy. In some countries at various times you had to have the certificate of birth/baptism for to buy or sell. Is that the mark of Revelation?

Who changed the meaning of “Church”? Did it matter? During the time of King James the new printing press was printing books as fast as type could be set. Scholars like Tyndale had defied the state and political Church, the King of England and printed bibles for the common man. For over 1200+ years the state political “Church” had kept the bible in the hands of the educated clergy. Very few could read. The uneducated were gradually learning to read and the press was cranking out books, new books every day. Think Shakespeare for how they wrote and talked. I love the language of the time but it is hard to understand at times. The Greek idioms and expressions like Shakespeare’s are unfamiliar to those who have not studied them. Most leave bible theology to a reverend with letters after the name. Or a Doctor of Religion like the “Church” father St. Augustine. Auggie was a pagan, he never learned Greek, using Latin versions of books to learn his texts. He took a wrong turn or purposely misled people in the doctrine of original sin. All because of pressure from the state political organization to have more control with the “Church” You can read all about it it is history. Luther fell right into the trap and could never reconcile two scriptures. The “Heretics” opposed the state church (Hus, Waldo, Mennonites, Jews) and were slain by the thousands during this persecution where the church wielded power of the “Beast” and the Dragon that looks like a lamb but speaks with the voice of a dragon. Here is the doctrine refuted by scripture and not ideas of men. Your wit’s end is a place to start listening to God’s wisdom.

He ran a stop sign the “church” had placed in the road to God. The penalty was death for being a heretic.

Here is the text of the Tyndale translation of 1525 for Matthew 16:18 (TYN) I saye also vnto the yt thou arte Peter: and apon this rocke I wyll bylde my congregacion. And the gates of hell shall not prevayle ageynst it.

Ekklesia was the Greek word he translated. Look it up! The word was never used to name a geographic location. This is why some say on road signs “The Church of Christ meets here”

King James translation of 1611 uses Tyndale’s work, but bowed to the “church” and did what they asked to keep the state controlled “Church” in power. They even added some margin notes and deleted a few lines to suit their theology. If you are going to use the KJV please learn the idiosyncrasies of the translation that was born in religious warfare and empire building. The History is fascinating how empires rose and fell as God moved in the least of these to accomplish his will. This online bible translation tool is easy to use to compare your favorite translation.

The Tyndale Gospel of John 1525, later used in development of KJV of 1611. Few could read and write during this time.

A translation to the common language of the people was needed. Theologians and kings all wanted their doctrine to be followed to give them power and control. The original writings and words were copied and fixed to suit the current power struggle as all fought to have their way in the control and cash flow from having spiritual influence over the population. Our earliest copies of the early writings of the original authors is around 200 AD. Some verses are in the letters of early writers, some are mere scraps like ancient post it notes. Some copies are found by accident. Many scribes or copiers, kings and theologians of every stripe wanted their doctrine, pet verses to read the way they believed. When Tyndale, who said of the Pope of Rome, “If God spare my life, ere many yeares I wyl cause a boy that driveth the plough to know more of the Scripture, than he doust.”[43]” and Wycliff would not change the Greek to read like the King or the Pope wanted they were persecuted to death. Luther changed the word Ekklesia to a German word meaning a location. Look it up! the history of the word church The German state used his writing to persecute followers of Jesus that disagreed with Luther’s doctrine down thru the years to the nationalism that took over in the 1930s. The reformers bickered among themselves and fought the state church power. Nations were converted to the state religion and groups fought for independence to worship as God spoke to them. Despite any possible or perceived errors or additions or deletions to God’s original words by men and devils, The message of Jesus is clear, we are to care for one another, Love God, Love our neighbor, Forgive our enemies and wash the feet of our brothers and sisters. If we had only the one command to obey what would our “Church” look like? Galatians 5:14

Would it have? Signs that say “We love the Homeless” or a warm bowl of soup and a sandwich to be warmed and filled?

Would the body have many feet, hands and eyes, ears and few tongues? Would the ‘Church’ be known for it’s prayers and alms for the poor or it’s grand buildings, famous speakers and entertainment for the fans?

Would it have a group of people focused on “One Anothers” that Jesus commanded?

Are you keeping up an aquarium or fishing for lost?

The church we think of as American had humble beginnings. When people move to a new location they brought the religion and trappings, rules and rituals from what they had to what they wanted. Depending on the demographic make up they built a tavern/inn/ town/meeting house or fort or combination. Sometimes a meeting house in peaceful times would be a school and the people would meet for worship. These meetings were soon on set times and places because we are a busy people. The model we have today in mainline divided denominated religion is a “Church” we go to. We developed traditions, we repeat some mistakes and teach others the mistake. We trust people, we listen to too many gurus, we keep records and our ancestors did some amazing things with the “Church” as they sought to serve God and please men. Even in times of persecution, God has a few, a remnant that serve him even in the Praetorian Guard of Caesar. An old American Indian Chief was approached by missionaries from several divided denominations. The Chief was not impressed. Each told him the way to God. He knew the Great Spirit loved his people. He did not understand why the missionaries could not agree. The story of Hatuey

It is sad that without unity our message is lost to the intelligent. We are lost when we are divided. We must find balance to have unity. We supported an orphanage years ago in a third world country. The shepherd of the people there said they will worship in the “Church” on Sunday, practice VooDoo and Santeri worship on Friday and Sat. “The people got up to dance” while Moses was on the mountain.

My Brother Colin of England has these ideals to share
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The early Ekklesia was blessed to have people that walked with the apostles. Many wrote of the things they did and said. As time went by many people made changes based on being in favor for one person’s view and against the other. The cry of Heretic was heard in every nation ruled by the Roman Empire. The forced religion of the state churches used the power of gold and the sword of kings to rule. Each political/social/religious group has an agenda to push. Of course Satan knows if he can keep you from the pure word, the Holy Spirit, the precious blood of the Lamb and keep you confused with all the voices shouting today he has won his battle over your soul. He does not offer fiddles of gold if he can buy you cheap. I study this collection of the early church writers and I rejected most of the writing near the time of the establishment of the social/political/ corporate church that I consider to be the Lamb that speaks with the voice of the Dragon, The “Whore of Babylon” . The reference material I used for this study is listed as best as I recall here.

The authors I listened to and questioned in most cases were all biased in the view each have because of traditions and their personal situations. Of course pastors, preachers (Shepherd and Elder should be the title of the person leading the flock) and such that maintain a week to week ministry centralized around everything from a one room rented storefront to a country church, grand buildings on a campus with a staff of many have the support of the ministry at heart. and this is where many err. In trying to maintain the structure of a “Fan focused” one day a week event the staff become focused on the essentials for the production of more fans to support the effort of maintaining the momentum. The leadership has to provide programs and events to draw more and more participants and fans on gameday. The 20% or so that actually do the work become burned out and the staff moves around to find “nails for their hammers” instead of getting back to the practices of the first Ekklesia the groups try different ways and different gospels to the chagrin of Satan. All we need is Jesus with a simple message of right and wrong, here is the double cure for sin and Galatians 5:14 one law to obey that covers everything God wants for His children. Is the Gospel just too simple for all the theologians and “Pastors’ to understand that are caught up in the system? I recently spoke with a reverend from a denominational group that has issues with membership. I talked about the Word and shared chapters and verses that showed God’s plan for salvation and day to day life of the follower. He responded that that was my interpretation and he must go by the ruling of a council on the issues we spoke of. He admitted that God’s word said what it said. He admitted that man’s doctrine is taught by his “Church”, but that is tradition and it has stood the test of time! Right! Many good people, followers of Jesus are lost in the divided denominational churches all claiming to be the “Way” Some of these divisions can not claim to be the original church and must admit they are a latter day gospel or message, some are outright cults profaning the Name of Jesus by saying He is not God, not the Messiah or worse. Some are just divided, following mixed covenants to give some people power, money and control. The reasons are hidden in history from most members because they like most Americans don’t know (ignorant) and don’t care (apathetic). Click for Tree diagram of the denominations (there are many of these, find one you like) Do you know where your roots are? Men add branches. God cuts at the base and chops the disobedient, unfruitful branches off. And grafts in the believing obedient people of all nations for one body of Christ. Jesus is the Root of David, more “Root” verses. Israel is not the Root, Jesus is, The nation of Israel is cut off, gentiles grafted in to the Root.

Francis Chan speaks to me as a person of passion and fire for God in his heart. He is being attacked by those that don’t like him but look at the reason? Chan threatens the existence of mainstream “church” Read “Letters to the Church” before you cast a stone. Most “Churches” teach what is popular and what promotes and sustains the “Church” This leaves out a lot of repentance, sin and Truth about the one way to God. Grace and obedience are different and the same result. That the “Tithe” is a good place to start as it was 23% of your farm production and was spent on the poor, festival/festivities and the up keep of the temple/priests that was renovated by the Romans in 70 AD. Jesus knew the “temple” would be destroyed and His Temple would stand forever. Now where the temple might have been is no trace but some foundation stones and disputed locations, kinda like Moses’ body or the “Ark of Covenant”, we don’t need it! 1 Corinthians 3: 16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.”

Francis Chan speaks to me as a person of passion and fire for God in his heart. He is being attacked by those that don’t like him but look at the reason? Chan threatens the existence of mainstream “church” Read “Letters to the Church” before you cast a stone. Most “Churches” teach what is popular and what promotes and sustains the “Church” This leaves out a lot of repentance, sin and Truth about the one way to God. Grace and obedience are different and the same result. That the “Tithe” is a good place to start as it was 23% of your farm production and was spent on the poor, festival/festivities and the up keep of the temple/priests that was renovated by the Romans in 70 AD. Jesus knew the “temple” would be destroyed and His Temple would stand forever. the temple might have been is no trace but some foundation stones and disputed locations, kinda like Moses’ body or the “Ark of Covenant”, we don’t need it! Paul in Corinthians is clear, the Temple is your body. The Temple of God, dwelling of God is the individuals that a called “Living Stones” building on the foundation of the Chief Cornerstone, The Rock of Ages. Some will build on sand and use straw to build their “Church” We will pray you build on the Rock of offense

Look around the temple mount for an Islamic mosque or “Holy” shrine erected by over zealous “Christians” through the centuries. Many dot the country with relics and artifacts galore. I would hate to know my healing or my salvation relied on physical objects or rituals from old covenants. Romans 12

Imagine this: Your significant other whom you love dearly tells you they need your help and undivided attention then they proceed to tell you all about the latest heart throb/entertainer on the media of the day. Finally they admit by demonstration they have asked the other person for help with their problems. How do you feel about the loyalty your lover shows?

Imagine this: You tell your significant other whom you love dearly that you can’t see them anymore unless they come to your new home. Your significant other sez ” That home you want me to live in is the one we trashed and lost to the Bank way back in the day” Some one has duped you into taking it back with a new coat of paint and a few new rooms. You need to talk to the home builder about cleaning out for a new person to dwell with you. The local home builder has a new foundation and a new building style based on one rule in the code book. and it is all paid for. Why would you ever want to move back to the place you could not keep up? Jesus said, Abide!

You are deep in the jungle, your map, compass and guide are gone in a flash of an accident. You can call one person for help. Your best course is to: Ask them to read a book about the jungle and tell you what they think best to do. Ask them to send you a few things that helped them with the thought of the jungle. Whoever you talk to has not been through this jungle of life and death. Only one person in all of history has ever claimed to have survived a full court Roman execution. Did Jesus? If he did I will honor Him as Savior. He is the winner. I will place all my life on His table. He may pour me out like a drink offering or serve me up as He wills. If He does not live and never arose I am still a happy fool for God. I do not mind being the court jester for the King. No other God claims to have a risen Savior. I will place all my foolish hope for the only person that has ever claimed to have made it out of the jungle of death alive. The Resurrection of Jesus is the hinge of history. I want to know everything about my guide and how to get out of this jungle alive. You can say you do not like him, you do not understand him, you do not know him. You don’t have to like Him, you must love Him. You don’t have to understand, He will teach you. You can know Him through His Word and Spirit. Don’t worry he won’t bother you if that is your choice. If you don’t want to follow him He won’t make you. He is not lost. We are in the jungle of life and death. We will all leave our mortal remains here in the dirt. Do we try and follow the light He shines, Follow the moral compass He uses, we can never be good enough to survive the jungle without Him. We have no power over the jungle. We don’t need our map to safety or our moral compass, they are rotten and worthless as rags. They won’t find us safe passage, only snakes, dragons and tigers of sin. Your choice. Maybe you had a trusted guide and they abused and hurt you as people do. The facade store front of all of man’s religion is filled with signs of love, peace, joy. However the backroom storehouse has little to offer. Here is a box of social mores, here a roll of aspirations, a torn open case on a pallet sits in the middle of the floor. I read the label on the torn and worn packages, it reads, “Rules, rituals, plus traditions that are now rules, and stuff we think God likes.” and a small can of hope. Next month will have a bake sale to help the building fund sez the bulletin that is our next to FB communication device. We must do better with our talents.

Many have tried to follow the Master by trying to form a box to place him in. A place we are comfortable with. Our God is Holy and He requires a Holy place to have His Habitat, His throne is the heavens, the earth is a footstool for our creator. No other gods compare or deserve our interest or concern. If we give “mother nature” the “Mother god of the pagan nations, Astoreth, or Diana of the Ephesians credit for God’s cosmos or even the weather what is a response from a jealous God? If we blame luck or curse our fate as we search the “lucky” stars, how does God feel when we carry his name in our vanity and pride?

Author reviews:

Tom Wright is a gifted teacher and his bible knowledge is good if not profound but he always goes more for Paul, in fact his book on Paul is how I discovered this Anglican priest, a reverend bishop of the Church of England. Bio of Paul by NT

Dr. Bart Erhman, has written many books and taught many students about his view of Jesus from a historical perspective. Here is Dr Bart’s author page/blog. He is pretty clear on the facts of the New Testament, Early Church, and Jesus Christ from his opinion of the historical record. I find the facts are just that, if verifiable and accurate facts are used. I will understand the historic facts don’t prove everything we followers accept as God’s Word. I would not share Dr Ehrmans’ opinions with new believers unless the person is very open minded and strong in their personal faith. Because of this I am firm in my faith that Jesus arose.

Dr. Bart Ehrman, has written many books and taught many students about his view of Jesus from a historical perspective. Dr Bart has an author page/blog. He is pretty clear on the facts of the New Testament, Early Church, and Jesus Christ from his opinion of the historical record. I find the facts are just that if verifiable and accurate facts are used. The facts are in history. I appreciate the history lesson. Most denominated, divided “Christians” have no clue of their roots or where the rules, clergy, rituals, and doctrine they follow came from. I will understand the historical facts don’t prove everything we followers accept as God’s Word. If we have a physical object to prove the “Empty tomb” or a real piece of the cross, Would our faith be stronger or not faith at all since it is based on feelings about things? Example: If we found the “Ark of Covenant” I believe peole would worship it and claim miracles. God wants our love and obedience is what I get from the overall message of the NT. The opinions of Dr Erhman are sprinkled like road apples on a nice walking trail in all of his books. I would not share Dr Ehrmans’ opinions with new believers unless the person is very strong in their personal faith and is willing to deeply study the NT with the open mind. It is evident Bart(he sez so) has no faith in Jesus as a savior. Dr Bart explains “Religion” does not mean the same thing it did when James wrote “Pure Religion” Today religion means your personal faith you have or you follow, or you have a membership in like a club. A church/clergy/reverend tells you you are saved and now have the Holy Spirit because you did: ? When James wrote Pure Worship is this We must know the facts! The lies of the social/political/state run religions down thru history are the voice of a dragon that lives like a sheep. The divided denominated religious world needs the facts of the New Testament revealed by a gifted scholar-like Bart. As a follower of Jesus, reading this is revealing like reading your families criminal history. I am firm in my faith that Jesus arose. Bart has only conjecture and his ideas on what happened to Jesus. I am firm in my belief in God. I know that the message of the Messiah is Love, Galatians 5:14, all the rest is religion and is “skybalon” sez Paul the Apostle. I will read some Francis Chan, David Bercot, N.T.Wright, and other progressive Followers of Jesus. No more need to hear Dr Bart. “When someone shows you who they are, Believe them” M. Angelou. The narration was terrible fast!

The Fool sez there is no God.

We left the building where the fans gather a few minutes a week to count nickels and noses. We were never called to be entertained or served. We left to do the Acts stuff of following Jesus in this season when the divided denominated popular “church” has become lost in the voices shouting “We are the one he loves” while Satan laughs at our lack of unity and silly divisions. If your congregation is meeting the needs of the “Least of these” of your community and “Doing the Acts stuff” may God bless every effort. Use the gifts of our great God given to you where you stand. Listen to His voice. Follow Jesus not religion. How do you use your gifts?

What does God want? Francis Chan on youtube, last five mins are a warning to the American Church

If I could prove Jesus arose by sharing a picture, statue, stained glass window or middle ages tapestry, relic or Renaissance painting or having a parchment first edition of Mark or Moses dripping ink from his pen. None of that is of faith or Grace, if worshiped. None of that would replace the fact that there can be none other name among humans that offers so much for so little effort in such a loving wonderful way of Grace. When we must have a miracle, a vision, a physical metric we can touch to have faith then our faith and salvation will be based on things, objects, books, bibles, churches, humans, clergy, rituals, rules, denominations, man made titles, names and places declared to be “Holy” by men. Jesus is the High Priest of the “Church”, His Bride, His Body, King of His Kingdom. To place any image, idol, person, place, event or thing before Him or require others to obey is to follow the Pharisees or pagans in error.

When I first came to God after being a lost child and prodigal son I was weak and focused on my past sinful life. I did not trust God to forgive everything and I could not figure any way I could pay or restore even parts of the mistakes and sins I had committed. I tried the self work of trying to fix myself. I now know that there is nothing I can do to fix my past. Only God can bless my “ministry of reconciliation” I must be prepared to reconcile, restore and forgive as much as possible. Only my pride, greed, and ego can prevent me from forgiving and loving as Jesus does. I must kill these emotions, feelings, thoughts and bury them as part of the old man of sin. Romans 6

Rightly divide to me means that I take an overall view of the scripture, know the Greek words the author used if possible, know the setting of the writing, understand the history, culture, and people as much as possible. Then remove as much as possible the prejudice I may have because of my tradition, other voices or personal bias to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to my spirit with God’s word before me. I might meet Jesus on the beach with my friends and have breakfast. Is that “Ekklesia”?

If I read only what Paul says I might become dogmatic and misunderstand Peter and James. If I listen to theologians I won’t see all the Grace Paul writes of and how James places our “works” in proper perspective for daily life. I find it hard to read the letters of Peter and find a more humble servant to wash my feet. If I only listen to James I might miss Grace. If I only read Paul without James and Peter I might not understand obedience to the perfect law of liberty and wind up doing “works of the law” and trying to meet requirements I do not need. The mixed covenant model is broken. Know where one ends and the other begins. We take useful buildings that could support many homeless and shelter many hurting people. We make them into temples our God does not need in the new covenant. We set up a priesthood with ranks and titles we have no authority for, to collect tithes we have no right to, to support what we think God wants. What did James say true worship is? Most of the today teaching on Romans copies St Augustine who set doctrine for RC and Luther later on. Many people interpret Romans thru the lens of St Augustine. Augustine was Latin and pagan before he wrote for the “Church”. I do not give much weight to any man’s doctrine that was developed after 125-150 ad. If one sees Romans thru the eyes of the Gospel writers, balance comes about and one does not use the Roman letter as an excuse not to obey or exclude other truths.

Word study Pedagogue, Tutor in the Greek/Roman culture and so used by the writer of the letter to the Ekklesias of Galatia. When wealthy parents of “gifted” (mostly male) offspring wanted the best in education for the child they would hire/or slaves, a “Tutor”. Viewed from the perspective of a gentile believer I will assume this is what they thought of when Paul told them about the “Tutor” to bring them to Christ. Many famous people of the ancient world had tutors/mentors to guide them. Many of those “Tutors” are taught in Universities today. No matter how educated or “Smart” the tutor was, the “Heir” came of age and the tutor became at best a counselor, but almost never the ruler of the heir who inherits all of the “Abba”. Our promised guide is the “Wonderful Counselor” of the Holy Spirit, the one mediator between God and man. Prayer for today is not to look in the rear view to see where we have been but to look forward to see where we must go on the narrow road.

The prayer of David “Thy Word is a light for my steps” not a used car lot light show to the next best deal of the day or a carnival to demand the emotions to respond to the latest marvel. Pray for the gift of discernment to hear the Word of God, to study the Word and to shut out the millions of voices from the divided denominated daughters of the whore of Babylon. When we have the whole truth we will find the source is God. The message will be the message He has revealed in Jesus. God is Love!

You won’t need astrology, numbers, or crystals, or altars or magic books to worship Him, He is Spirit and Truth, that is how he rides. The grandest building man can build won’t save you or anyone. Only God can forgive you, judge you in the real deal, final exam, final sentencing for the accused, or write your name in His Book, the wedding Feast, The Bride, the New, Earth, New Jerusalem. What does Peter say about this world and All that is in it? “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3.

We are promised several out of the world promises from Jesus. I personally believe the New Testament as written, I know where most of the add ons, glosses, deletions and side remarks were found in some translations. If you include Mark 16 to the end of the longest copies we have you read several super natural things we should as disciples be able to do. Jesus said we could do more and included us that we would be able to do. Not on our demand or call like a genie in a bottle or a lucky charm. But with power and in the plan of God. Every theologian has a concept of God. In every case in every era men have tried to place God in a box. Then they charge admission to one and all to see the package they created. A little god in an orderly box of all the questions answered on you tube or TED. Jesus said some amazing things and we like his people then are afraid to step out of the boxes others have created for their little god. Read what Jesus said with out the lens of theologians. Read the words of God as written for the message. The message is “If you love me you will obey me and do greater things” Of course you should read some of the 50 or so commands of Jesus before hand. Why? Because I think they are conditional and situational. I believe the Holy Spirit is a living being far above my imagination other than the revealed word of God for my benefit in all things for God. The Holy Spirit is empowering, filling and delivering according to God’s promises. I believe our understanding of the Holy Spirit is limited by our understanding that He is first revealed in all of God’s written word and then indwells as a abiding presence of the repentant and obedient follower. He acts, guides, directs, disciplines, corrects and forgives. Believers sin against the Holy Spirit by lying, deceitful practices. (Make a list of sins God likes here)

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Ephesians 4:11-16. 

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting ( complete furnishing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers 

Pastors. There’s no such thing as a senior pastor in the Bible. So this is not the person up front running the church, but the people within the body who are nurturers. Also known as shepherds 

Apostles. Not a lofty position in the church, but those who break up fallow ground (spiritually speaking). The apostle is an ambassador for Christ. What some would call a missionary. 

Prophets. Sometimes foretellers, those who speak the word of God boldly. 

Evangelists. Soul winners

Teachers. Those who rightly divide the word of truth. 

Bishops. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Synonymous with elder. An overseer 

Presbyters. Plural of elders. 1 Tim 4:14 

Deacons. 1Timothy 8-13. Similar to helps. 

Discipleship. A disciple is a learner, a pupil. 

1 Corinthians 12, Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 14, Romans 12 

Helps. A gift to help wherever there is a need. 

Elders. Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 5:17 The older, more mature believers. 1 Timothy 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

Giving instead of tithing. Tithing is Old Testament Giving is New Testament 

Church. Ecclesia. The assembly of believers. WE ARE THE CHURCH 

No 501c3 Corporation status. No permission from the government to become a church. We are the church.

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Mark 9:35. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and says unto them, “if any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.”

Matthew 20:25

Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him

be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 53. The entire chapter prophecy of Jesus’ arrival and suffering for all of mankind. 

Matt 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Luke 1:3132 and the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1 Corinthians 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

Luke 9:22 “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 27:50,51 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Revelation 1:6 and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light

2 Timothy 3:16,17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

A GUIDE NOT A RULE BOOK FOR THE HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT KEEPING GATHERINGS AS NATURAL AND ORGANIC AS POSSIBLE

Glen Newman HOUSE CHURCH ACADEMY

HOUSE CHURCH ACADEMY & Covenant House Church 208-262-6875 glennewman1948@gmail.com

ONE PAGE HOUSE CHURCH GUIDE

Ephesians 4:11-16. 

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting ( complete furnishing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers 

Pastors. There’s no such thing as a senior pastor in the Bible. So this is not the person up front running the church, but the people within the body who are nurturers. Also known as shepherds 

Apostles. Not a lofty position in the church, but those who break up fallow ground (spiritually speaking). The apostle is an ambassador for Christ. What some would call a missionary. 

Prophets. Sometimes foretellers, those who speak the word of God boldly. 

Evangelists. Soul winners

Teachers. Those who rightly divide the word of truth. 

Bishops. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Synonymous with elder. An overseer 

Presbyters. Plural of elders. 1 Tim 4:14 

Deacons. 1Timothy 8-13. Similar to helps. 

Discipleship. A disciple is a learner, a pupil. 

1 Corinthians 12, Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 14, Romans 12 

Helps. A gift to help wherever there is a need. 

Elders. Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 5:17 The older, more mature believers. 1 Timothy 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

Giving instead of tithing. Tithing is Old Testament Giving is New Testament 

Church. Ecclesia. The assembly of believers. WE ARE THE CHURCH 

No 501c3 Corporation status. No permission from the government to become a church. We are the church.

TRUE BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP MODEL 

Mark 9:35. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and says unto them, “if any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.”

Matthew 20:25

Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him

be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 53. The entire chapter prophecy of Jesus’ arrival and suffering for all of mankind. 

Matt 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Luke 1:3132 and the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1 Corinthians 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

Luke 9:22 “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 27:50,51 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Revelation 1:6 and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light

2 Timothy 3:16,17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

A writer said a few things on my comments about the Torah and implied that Galatians was being read wrong. I feel the Torah worshipers are a cult that place Jesus below the temple, the old law and the Torah. I may be wrong as Tyndale or Wycliff about the “Ekklesia” being the “Congregation” but I think they are wrong and sadly misled. Here is my reply. You actually believe the Torah is in force for gentiles? Where do you find that? I bet you think the temple will be rebuilt? Have you actually studied history of the first 100 yrs of the ekklesia? Israel, the old covenants, the law, the Torah, the temple all plowed under by Rome as prophecy fore told. We walk by faith, not by sight. We obey the perfect law of liberty. We don’t walk with divided denominated daughters of the whore of Babylon. We know many followers that survive in those boxes that men build to hold God captive in religions. We know the history of the greed, power and control struggles that made religion a tool of kings, popes and Satan. We follow Jesus as our Lord, our Wonderful Counselor, Our Mighty God, our Prince of Peace. We are one with Christ Eph 4:5, one in Christ Gal 3:24-29, Col 2:12. We don’t need the religion of the world or the Jews dead religion. Paul sez it is “Skybalon” or as rubbish on the street. “Obsolete” “Fulfilled” How many times does God have to speak? “It is Finished!” you would say” but wait there is more!” We have a new covenant, the old is yesterday’s news. When you have new why would you want old? UGH! If a Jew, Asian or an Indian want to become a follower of Jesus, they must obey His commands, not the old rules, rituals and dead witness. The “Hired hands” killed the Son. The Spirit of God had left the Temple long ago. Read the history, the “Abomination of Desolation” had come and gone. The Jewish High Priest had no one to talk to, no “Ark of the Covenant ” to commune with our God. No stone law tablets or budded staff of Arron. No more Manna. Read Acts of Stephen’s testimony or Peters. This is New. What part of new do you not understand? The history shows a gradual progression of people from the old ways, traditions, rules and relics as the time went by 15 years are so after Pauls conversion from Pharisee to follower of Jesus. We see the Ekklesis moving away from old ways and moving into pagan cultures that know many gods and not the True God as His Son Jesus. The Roman veterans, retired and living in Corinth may have known the God of the Jews but the new covenant suited them better than all the rules, relics, traditions and the big one for males of Corinth. Can you read 1 Corinthians 12 and not see that we followers of Jesus have “All power, all of His Spirit, All of His wisdom” What else do we need? Make me a list? We put on Jesus/God, We are buried with Him into His death, to rise and walk in new life.” What else do we need? He gave the keys to Peter, Acts 2, He chose Paul to go to the gentiles, he added a emasculated servant to the Kingdom by belief and submission to immersion. God made all things good as food for Peter. God gave the Holy Spirit to a gentile warrior of the oppressor the same salvation He gives us. The Curtain of the Temple is torn, the Holy of Holy is empty, gone void. All the might of Europe could not drive Satan’s forces from the land and cleanse the temple. Man failed. The “Roman Church” failed to prevent the taking of the empire. God had handed them over. Wars and rumors of wars. The new covenant is the “God is with us” the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We need no physical thing to worship our God, no robes of high priest, no written word, no temple, altar, no miters or incense, no entertainment of men, no trappings of pomp or pride, We stand free before the Throne, clothed in the robe of Jesus righteousness, washed in His Blood, Bold before the very throne of God we come as children to a loving father, we cry Abba! As adopted sons and daughters of God by our Lord Jesus Christ. The simple Gospel of Jesus is so far from the BS of Judaism or the “Cults/church of men”, that to put them together is the lion and the lamb. God did it. He alone makes all nations, tribes, people one, One not reformed, or restored, but one Holy Nation, one Temple of lively stones built into a house for God. People can not, did not, have not and will not ever create anything that lasts based on human eloquence or human wisdom. Paul said that. Read Corinthians and tell me we must do this or that new practice to draw the crowd. New wine gets new wineskins. God left the building when the Babylonians sacked it and took/or someone lost the ark of the “Covenant”. If Jesus cared about the temple for His new covenant why did God have John go out into the wilderness and the river to immerse people for repentance and preparing for the Kingdom to come? Why did Paul place so much on the facts of immersion for the remission of our sins our regeneration as priest of God after burying the old man of sin? Jesus is the Root, not Israel. Got to go but you can pick this up on my journal. Pray for the Holy Spirit of our God to bless your walk this day and rest this night. In the precious name of Jesus.

We Are One, we are supposed to be………………………………………..

Unity without compromise. The Perfect Law of Liberty is Love for one another.


To understand the metaphor and spiritual truth of washing of the disciples feet, I must know that my own feet are the worst He will ever wash. No we do not handle snakes for testing if God protects us. We know He loves us and cares for us. WE do not judge you or rule over you. Our failings, sins, regrets are major to your minor. We will show you what Jesus says and how the Holy Spirit guides us to His love and care

The Church/Ekklesia of Jesus is invisible, built of living stones of a royal priesthood, our high priest is Jesus, our brothers and sisters are our equals with dirty feet just like mine. To understand the metaphor and spiritual truth of washing of the disciples feet, I must know that my own feet are the worst He will ever wash. We obey every command of Jesus, follow every practice of Acts that God uses at His pleasure for the benefit of His Body. We follow the perfect Law of Liberty with one Law to rule us all, Gal 5:14, for we are all one in Christ, no jew no gentile, no male no female, we have one lord, one faith, one baptism. and the Visible Church is another story. That is religion. What men make of it. click to see the new restore movement that God is blessing.

Without unity, we are divided and denominated. We limit God’s power when we place Him in a box of religion and sequester Him to a set time and place for the collection of cash and counting of heads for a morning report on the next bulletin. We act like the Holy Spirit of God is on our beck and call. I wonder why He hardly ever shows up for the “service” . Is that word in the New Covenant? We base so much of our traditions on models of old covenant practices. We have paid “Hired hands ” to care for or fleece the flock as the case may be. Some tribes have regulated the New Covenant model of “Elders in every “Church” to paid staff that officiate as “Clergy”, Id’s as Senior /Pastor/Bishop/Elder“, or “Reverend” at all ” holy events” as no one in the pews is told they can be “Saints” of the “Royal Priesthood”. Unless they can carry the popular vote! Read the Timothy and Titus letters to find out what a Holy Spirit filled Elder and/or Deacon is expected to meet as to the standards of Jesus. The most humble man among you should be your shepherd for he will be responsible to God for your life on earth. Galatians 3 tells me we are all the same in Jesus. Religion is the same today as in Jesus’ day. Religion is about power, who controls it and what keeps making the gold flow. People build grand buildings for God while his children sleep in the public park and alley, hungry and sick. Does the steeple of your building shade a homeless person from the sun? Does your building’s heating bill warm the heart of a hungry stranger? No one is persecuting us in the USA right now! We regulate any exuberant follower to upkeep of the “temple” or crowd control on game days, (nursery, SS classes, cafe, greeters, maintenance, entertainment, etc) The model of a “Modern” worship service has evolved into something like the “Pearl of Great Price” or the “Treasure in a field”, everyone is looking for something, only they want a discount on the goods. The denomination does not matter to the young mom if the nursery is clean/not. The fitness center and programs are big draws. The “Starbucks” coffee bar and welcome station cover a shallow gospel of consumerism church. Like Peter wanting to build Old Covenant Tabernacles for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah on the mountain we have a human need to be better than we are and show it by doing stuff God does not need doing. Some worship models built around the building and campus offer multi services for all ages with tools, methods and resources at finger tips. When the follower realizes that the war for the world is being fought now the perspective we have is the visible “Church” is in decline in spite of massive funding, the economics are not there for expansion faster than need.. Our “Pew &Pulpit” model has come along way since the day of the book chained to the pulpit and the sermon in an foreign tongue. Have too many followed the error of Balaam? Trying to please the national perspective/culture and God. God does not share His throne with idols or lesser gods. Some have focused on drawing the crowds of “Pentecost” to see the Fires and hear the different languages. and forget the “Holy Spirit sent” the noted figures of the new movement to visit single people (the Ethiopian eunuch, Cornelius the Roman, Saul of Tarsus) with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What was each person told? Where we see the Church/Ekklesia being built is in the individual followers building community, relationships and spreading the Gospel by being as Jesus to each other. The commands of Jesus are an easy burden, His Yoke is light. The “One Another” are the hard ones, they take a lifetime to accomplish. Caring for one another is the mark and office of a follower of Jesus. This happens after and around Acts of the Apostles. Individuals, some who had walked with Jesus, known Him personally as the Apostles have or maybe heard Him speak or knew that He was in their town preaching “Repent the Kingdom is Near!” Maybe they had heard the message of John the Baptist and like Apollos had been immersed for repentance and to prepare for the Kingdom of David when the Messiah comes. 1 Corinthians 15 sez many are eye witness to the life and Resurrection to new life as King of Kings, Lord of Lords, as Jesus arose after the Crucifixion.

Course that follows “Letters to the Church” https://basicchurch.teachable.com

We American humans are known for our independence and rights we have fought for. We have like Israel of the Old Covenant asked God for many things and like a disobedient child have thrown His gifts in the trash heap so many times. Jesus never challenged Rome, He did not defend the Temple or argue with Pilate. Jesus is never surprised. Our politics will reflect our status with our God. God’s message has never changed He loves His creation. All of us. Yes, even them. Galatians 3:24-29

We are supposed to be one. Without the power of God we fail. As Rabbi Gamaliel said in Acts of the Apostles” if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men”. “Churches” trying to use the “Eloquence of men ” or “Wisdom of the World” . May draw crowds of fans to the entertainment on game day. They may fund hospitals or buy jets. When the sheep and goats are separated Jesus does not ask their theology or denomination. He judges based on ______.

Faith alone does not separate the wheat and tares or the sheep and goat. Have you obeyed Jesus from the heart in all things He commanded or have you only followed some man‘s teaching? Get right with God!

What if we obeyed every command of Jesus? laying out a plan to obey each one as soon as possible. What if we took the new agreement at the simple level and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us? He never contradicts His word. If we have a contradiction guess who is wrong. You have aright to an opinion but holding a position that must be supported by theologians and “Church” experts is arrogant and self-serving. Most “Pastors” are serving with low pay anyway and serving as sole support for the flock, some are “Hired hands” some are humble servants. The paid staff will fight the movement when they see the $$ control and power go away from their gameday celebrations to draw fans. The humble shepherds will hardly notice the change of leaving the organized visible “Church” as they are following Jesus not religion. The true followers belong to the invisible ekklesia of Jesus Christ.

Use your gifts in such a way that people ask, Who is your God? 1 Peter 2:12.

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Some of the differences of the visible church and the invisible church. The invisible Church of Jesus Christ is one Eph 4 as Jesus prayed for. We follow Jesus’ commands, the simple one covers all the rules. Gal 5:14, We are 1 Cor 2:12 in Christ as one Gal 3:24-29. We are living stones building the temple of God for the indwelling of the Spirit. We have an altar on our knees for our High Priest we are a royal priesthood offering our bodies as a living sacrifice. The visible church is where we go to have social, political and religious functions in a form of religion based on traditions of men and the doctrines that came about after the first century. The invisible can be found in the world in divers and various places. As in Acts of the Apostles “they worshiped daily” in the homes, temples, public places, sides of the road, open fields, by the river and on the beach. We are so thankful our God is not limited by any box or divided denomination’s ideas. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/chirche

Many words have switched meaning since the first 125 yrs of the Ekklesia. Religion, when James wrote about “Pure Religion”, was our worship and deeds towards widows and orphans as our bodies are the living sacrifice. In today’s “All about me” religion is religion. It can even be pagan, a cult, or everything from rules, rituals, and control in most people’s use of the word. Like the word “Church” as a place or to go to. Or “Tithe” when we mean giving and sharing as Paul speaks of as the “Gift of Generosity” and not some old law or mixed covenant message that you must give a set amount or by a set time. How do your brothers and sisters treat these words and the issues they bring to the table?

If we see the commands of Jesus and divide the Covenants at the right place we find the letters of Paul to be a commentary on what Jesus said and communed to Paul. Of course, Peter said some of what Paul teaches was confusing and many people err in understanding. God’s instructions for us are never confusion or contradiction no matter the messenger. The Holy Spirit is known to use donkeys to speak God’s word. Paul is God’s Chosen vessel I would be careful to teach that he is not what Jesus said he is. Enjoy! https://saltlightministry.com/

https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/baptizo.html

https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-stories/ark-of-the-covenant.html

Refined by Fire……When do we do the Acts stuff?

We are studying the movements that are coming up in social media as restoring the ekklesia, outside of the mainstream traditional divided denominations and the social political state sponsored churches. This video is worth your look to see what is going on around the globe today.

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Here is a course for free on this, We must restore the first works. Rev 2, we can’t use our checkbook, our time or attendance to obey the perfect law of liberty. We an not pay staff or hired hands to take our place at the altar (on our knees anywhere, anytime) God requires repentance of the pig poop smelling prodigal as well as the perfumed reverend. In 45 years of living in God’s hand we have sought to follow Jesus. No cult or creed but Christ. The Restoration Movement model of the 1800s has intrigued me since I was first aware of the old time gospel meetings of my adopted childhood. As a child of musicians that provided music for many celebrations and that included weddings, funerals and regular meetings plus road shows for “Revival” During those 1950-1960s I heard every bible verse and story preached many times. King James reading for me was easy, I read most of Shakespeare works before I was 10. I still love to read the book out loud. But I know where it has been neglected and abused. The restoration plea was and has been unity with the essentials and non essentials still working again the prayer. Wot Not! Who is preaching any thing divisive of the Gospel? Look at this teaching https://basicchurch.teachable.com/

Look at the early church. What did they do? When did they start that? https://www.christian-history.org/fall-of-the-church.html

Another movement to restore https://godsleader.com/tenets-of-ekklesia-life/

Four facts fatal to original sin

http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVarticles/FourFactsFatalToOriginalSin.htm

Buy gold refined by firehttps://www.wsj.com/articles/how-7-4-tons-of-venezuelas-gold-landed-in-africaand-vanished-11560867792https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-7-4-tons-of-venezuelas-gold-landed-in-africaand-vanished-11560867792

The things men fight and die for are paving materiel for the streets of Heaven. Buy gold is a metaphor for placing your treasure in the right position in your life. The Church of Laodicea, Rev 3, was told to buy Gold from Jesus. Col 2:,

My focus in this past few years of study has been the first century Church or Ekklesia in the Greek as it was copied in that first season. The First Century Ekklesia was opened for business on the day of Penecost. Peter who had been handed the Keys to the Kingdom, opened the narrow door. The Ekklesia . It was later changed by the Kings and the Roman Churches to mean a location so they could use the temples of the pagans to easily convert them. Nobody has any record of any temple that Jesus founded as a physical location or building. Jesus has no need for an earthly temple. John 4, We believe we are the Temple of God. Just because the latest religious crack pot has committed the most awful acts on another person does not mean that every follower is a nut case or a pervert. The Holy Spirit will not inhabit an unclean house/temple/body. Paul sez your body is the Temple of the Most High God. Your Altar is on your knees where you are. His arm is never too short to save. The Holy Spirit is not a feeling or a cause of injury, Having the Holy Spirit without control is not good practice. The presence of the Holy Spirit is the same as the presence of God in the old covenant. Jesus is our mediator and comforter, counselor, friend. This is a new agreement. We can now go “Boldly into the Throne of Grace” as a well loved heir/adopted, bought with a price, prodigal son and daughter and be one with the Father

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If you follow Jesus with all your heart, mind and soul you have buried the flesh, Romans 6:17 and now humbly submit to Him all things of the flesh and follow the Spirit. Your life, your marriage, your vocation. You serve God with your Gifts He has given you both physical and spiritual so that you can be a stone in His building. Even blind Bartimaeus‘ disability and Balaams’ ass have a part in God’s plan. Jesus sez “For God’s Glory ” that this man is born blind, not original sin or any sin. There is no inbred sin of man, man is sinful when man chooses to sin sez James and John. All mankind owes a death, our debt is paid but our physical is not going to inherit Heaven in God’s presence. St Augustine formed this doctrine of the Roman Church around 400 AD . Original Sin was adopted by most reformation protestants like Luther, who fought over this and other issues with another leader Zwingli, both of these fought with the Anabaptist division over infants because the state wanted to control the peasants. After the state church took over Germans killed other followers that disagreed with Luther’s teachings. . The state owned churches used the baptism certificate for purposes of citizenship, military subscription, and taxation. In some countries like the Roman Empire you had to have the mark from the temple that you worshiped the current “god” or Cesar, Czar, King or Dictator, with out that “Mark” of the Church in medieval times onward, you could not buy, sell, marry or much of anything. History revels that many “Marks of the Beast” have occurred. It was hard being a follower in the first century of the Church.

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place?  My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nlt/isaiah/66.html What was detestable to God? It is an individual’s battle we must fight with His power. We are too weak without prayer and the Holy Spirit. Many are thinking they are somehow protected and they fall. All Lust of the Flesh is sin. James sez it is our temptation (not a sin unless acted upon) that draws us away and we commit the sin. Does not matter if the cause is the flesh of a male or female. “Gouge out your eye!” is the extreme we are to go to. ( many would be blind as teenagers, even the best kids will need glasses) Paul sez if we can’t deal with the lust to remain celibate if we are able by doing so be saved. Forcing people to be celibate to be a priest is stupid. The word was “Celebrate” when God talked about sex in SoS. The letter to the Corinthian Ekklesia is clear on what God calls the marriage of two humans and I have witnessed “churches” for 45 yrs that could not handle this correctly with maybe two congregations that did the right thing with the elders shepherding the flock. I have known many good people who divorce, marry, sleep around, have indiscriminate sexual activity for many reasons. Ruth and Boaz is a good example of the way of a man with a maid. Remarriage and no marriage is all the same with God. Do we love the person? Is God glorified in this union? Will we be faithful forever? We have a debt to God on two levels, the flesh, and the Soul. We must honor him in both. The Gnostics believed sin in the flesh was evil but the Soul was separate and not affected. or the St Augustine followers believe we can sin and pay our way out of jail/hell with a coin or good deeds, many aspire to this checkbook mentality. The scripture can be twisted to support both points of Augustine theology which led many reformers down the wrong path. Many we have counseled in the past believe they are sinning and because of baptist/calvin/presbe beliefs that their sins say they are damned, or as we had a Baptist “Pastor” tell us his drinking and illicit sex outside his marriage was OK he was experiencing it for us the congregation. His Calvin was way too deep in the deep end of the theological swamp. Enjoy!https://www.biblestudytools.com/nlt/isaiah/66.html What was detestable to God? Isaiah 66 What is “detestable” to God the Greeks would have a big problem with. I suppose pig and pork come to mind. The Greeks ate mice boiled in wine, fried in olive oil. Paul explained this in Corinthian letters.” meat in the market” could be anything. It is offensive to those we love we should not do it just because we can if it offends my bro or sis. Read all of Isaiah 66 before you comment on this. Of course, Jesus made all foods clean by explaining how human digestion works. Peter was told “Kill and eat” Religion sez “Don’t eat, touch” or hang with the crowd that does. When we get done with Lust of the Flesh we can discuss, lies, gluttony, arrogance, anger, slander, gossip and the emotions and feelings that motivate humans. When I consider my sins less despicable in God’s eyes than yours, I fail to love you as God does be you the worst sinner on the planet. Our old man of sin nailed Him to the cross. Time to bury the old man and rise to walk in new life. Romans 6

We gentiles do not have to keep any law of the old covenants. We don’t have to but we can if we want to. We honor Christ as messiah and savior of the world. The new covenant is the “Law of Liberty” the one Law we must keep over all the rules rituals and regulations of religion. If we love our bride we don’t go back to old girlfriends and break our new covenant. Galatians 5:14. Jesus does not even want our altars and temples. He gives us new ones. Bury the old man! Arise! A new creation, a Temple for the Holy Spirit (our body) and an Altar (on our knees where we are) with direct access to the throne of Almighty God.

. I, the LORD, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. 3 But those who choose their own ways— delighting in their detestable sins— will not have their offerings accepted. When such people sacrifice a bull, it is no more acceptable than a human sacrifice. When they sacrifice a lamb, it’s as though they had sacrificed a dog! When they bring an offering of grain, they might as well offer the blood of a pig. When they burn frankincense, it’s as if they had blessed an idol. 4 I will send them great trouble— all the things they feared. For when I called, they did not answer. When I spoke, they did not listen. They deliberately sinned before my very eyes and chose to do what they know I despise.” 5 Hear this message from the LORD, all you who tremble at his words: “Your own people hate you and throw you out for being loyal to my name. ‘Let the LORD be honored!’ they scoff. ‘Be joyful in him!’ But they will be put to shame. 6 What is all the commotion in the city? What is that terrible noise from the Temple? It is the voice of the LORD taking vengeance against his enemies. 7“Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son. 8 Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born. 9 Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it?” asks the LORD . “No! I would never keep this nation from being born,” says your God. 10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem! Be glad with her, all you who love her and all you who mourn for her. 11 Drink deeply of her glory even as an infant drinks at its mother’s comforting breasts.” 12 This is what the LORD says: “I will give Jerusalem a river of peace and prosperity. The wealth of the nations will flow to her. Her children will be nursed at her breasts, carried in her arms, and held on her lap. 13 I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child.” 14 When you see these things, your heart will rejoice. You will flourish like the grass! Everyone will see the LORD ’s hand of blessing on his servants— and his anger against his enemies. 15 See, the LORD is coming with fire, and his swift chariots roar like a whirlwind. He will bring punishment with the fury of his anger and the flaming fire of his hot rebuke. 16 The LORD will punish the world by fire and by his sword. He will judge the earth, and many will be killed by him. 17 “Those who ‘consecrate’ and ‘purify’ themselves in a sacred garden with its idol in the center—feasting on pork and rats and other detestable meats—will come to a terrible end,” says the LORD . 18 “I can see what they are doing, and I know what they are thinking. So I will gather all nations and peoples together, and they will see my glory. 19 I will perform a sign among them. And I will send those who survive to be messengers to the nations—to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (who are famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to all the lands beyond the sea that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. There they will declare my glory to the nations. 20 They will bring the remnant of your people back from every nation. They will bring them to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD . They will ride on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the LORD . 21 “And I will appoint some of them to be my priests and Levites. I, the LORD, have spoken! 22 “As surely as my new heavens and earth will remain, so will you always be my people, with a name that will never disappear,” says the LORD . 23“All humanity will come to worship me from week to week and from month to month. 24 And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me. For the worms that devour them will never die, and the fire that burns them will never go out. All who pass by will view them with utter horror.”

Unless you have an excuse that Jesus will waive some of his commands. You know like the thief on the cross skipped a few of the commands and many disobedient children are saying they are following Jesus. Many fail to understand the “Obey” part of follow Jesus. Believers everywhere “Believe” but a follower is sealed, the old man of sin is buried, the sins are forever washed away as Paul did at Anninia’s request. Have you believed enough to obey or do you follow the theologians reasoning?

The Theo (Lover’s of God) logons love to be divisive with theretofore inference that this could have happened or not? Or this could be what Paul’s second cousin’s name was if he was not a ? Second guessing every word of the Bible. I will only consider writings that are historically correct and no later than 200 ad and even then you can smell the sulfur of the writer in some spurious texts. That will remove tons of religious bravo sierra from the table spread before us. Right off we won’t have to deal with most of the cults of the last few century s We won’t have to deal with the rapture or deification of martyrs, Mary, or Saints, clergy, buildings or corporation style social political organizations. Business or entertainment models for focused corporate worship with fans and followers all together on game day, unless you count the Corintiina

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Some people may not know I was a teacher for a while. Jesus was too! The world agrees that Jesus is a great teacher, some would say the greatest or other might point out the same tenets were in other religions that predate Jesus. Way back in the day I learned several things about teaching. From the ignorance of the early 1960s with no provision for special needs students my run towards trouble as a teen was thwarted by a wonderful counselor, a lady my wife and I visited often the thank her for saving my dumb ass from a life of no good with out an education to feed my self. I learned from the good teachers I had how much you mean to the average and below students you deal with each day. From the others I learned what not to do. The marines taught me how to teach to the lowest man on my team. Our life depended on my ability as Sgt/cpl to teach the men on my team the skills we need to survive in a hostile environment. You don’t tell them to do the problem, read the book, or work it out. You pour your blood out like a drink offering to God for these few your brothers. That is the attitude of the teacher. When I taught I held the highest ideal as standard and required my students to meet the standard, Of course no student could meet more than a few at best to begin with in our instruction. If all I see of Jesus is a great teacher or even just a perfect soul to hold up a standard I can’t meet is frustrating. Many good people have burned out over this view of Jesus. No, I must see Jesus as my redeemer that fixes my mistakes, pays my slave price, pays my bail and fines,forgives my sins when I repent of those sins.

Being forgiven is a gift, not a title of rank. We are servants of Jesus, yet a royal priesthood of the “least of these” of equal rank. That is what “Wash Feet” means. Keep your shoes on it is a metaphor.

Peter writes that we are a “Royal priesthood” a “Chosen Nation” selected for service in the Kingdom. Paul calls individuals ambassadors for Christ and hands over the “Ministry of reconciliation” to you and me. Click on the underline to check the reference or source of quote.

When Jesus washed the disciples feet as they were arguing who should sit where based on rank and Satan had filled Judas with bitterness over the waste of Spikenard by the woman, we see in action what Jesus will, does and has done many times with His bitter tears. Jesus will pick up our muddy, filthy feet and wash the world’s dirt from our life. (Hebrews sez Jesus’ blood sacrifice paid it all) Sometimes He uses the rod of discipline on me, sometimes it is His staff pulling me back from the danger I just do not see because of the bright lights and glitter of the golden idols the world has for me.

I found these 10 quotes on a clickbait site. I quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer and add a thought of my own numbered and bold before Dietrich’s. The more I study the writings of God I find gentle souls that looked outside the box. Especially today when many realize that the often lukewarm worship of entertainment and the sage on a stage is not fellowship with Jesus we see in the Gospels or the Ekklesia in Acts or the letters. I hear many voices saying similar things. Numbers say the mainstream model is broken in many places and for far too many sheep that are wandering. I pray for unity. Unity will take the Holy Spirit to melt prideful hearts and gently break soft ones. It is time to restore the unity of community!

Mr. Bonhoeffer was a martyr during the NAZI occupation of Europe.

1. Mutual respect for another means I love you too much to sin against you or God in your presence or to allow you to continue in sin against others or God. Not about judging, but about saving.

“Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.”

2. Jesus was/is a friend of sinners, lived with the poor and least of these. Who is going to serve the “least of these”, dones, nones, ?

“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people.”

3. Being forgiven is a gift, not a title of rank. We are servants of Jesus, yet a royal priesthood of the least of these of equal rank. That is what “Wash feet” means.

“If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller or less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I am still not recognizing my sinfulness at all. … How can I possibly serve another person in unfeigned humility if I seriously regard his sinfulness as worse than my own?”

4. We can build a church of sticks and bricks, or as Jesus did with living stones on the foundation of the Rock of Ages.

“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.”

5. Prayer in the name of Jesus separates the Ekklesia from the “religions of the world”. Our redeemer lives!

“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.”

6. Be prepared to be used, if one time like Ananias with Saul or thousands like Phillip.

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions.”

7. “Tame the tongue” Train the ear! This one is mine. James sez “rudder” as in control your boat. Paul sez we can control the tongue

“There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.”

8. Who are you compassionate about? Wash the feet of your brothers and sisters. Be kind to neighbors. There is a difference.

“The Christian, however, must bear the burden of a brother. He must suffer and endure the brother. It is only when he is a burden that another person is really a brother and not merely an object to be manipulated. The burden of men was so heavy for God Himself that He had to endure the Cross. God verily bore the burden of men in the body of Jesus Christ.”

9. God is in the details, watching.

“Who can really be faithful in great things if he has not learned to be faithful in the things of daily life?”

10. Thankful, and able to be thankful of others.

“If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if on the contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is so paltry and petty, so far from what we expected, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Jesus Christ.”

Got to work on these! pray for your neighbors!

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d the debate with Rice on infant baptism. “We admire the wisdom of our Heavenly Father in causing the Greek language to cease to be a
living tongue after the canon was closed and translated into one or two languages. By that means the sense of its words changes no more; and we have a fixed language of immutable meaning and of all authority, preserving and perpetuating the will of God to
all ages and for all nations.” A.Campbell.