Archive for April, 2010

Organization of the Church

Recently I took part in a six week study of the story of man and God.  While I learned a lot about scripture and the characteristics of God, I learned a lot about the church and the Church. 

In out last meeting, we discussed the organization of the Church. 

The ‘church’ is the embodyment of living for God.  Usually found in groups of 4-5 people, we often refer to these communities as Bible Studies, Small Groups, and Community Groups.  This is the lower-case ‘C’ church.  This would be the church that meet in someone’s house, to eatand pray together. 

When these groups gather, we have the Gatherings, what we in the States call Church.  People gatherin a room to pray together, to worship and sing praises to God, and to bring the needs of the community together.  This would traditionally be the gathering that meets in the city.  This is the least talked about aspect of the church, mainly because it was, and still is, the most dangerous.

All these gatherings, all the believers from all times, this is the Church.  Church with a capital ‘C’.  This is the best example of Christianity, but the hardest to see. 

In the States, we struggle with seeing the Church as a whole, due to denominations, differences and different forms of worship.  We begin to believe that the Church is the gatherings that we attend on Sundays, but it is so much more than a single space or a moment of time. 

Without the small communities (the lower case ‘c’ church) we would not have the Biblical Gatherings. 

Picture it kinda like a terrorist organization:  The members work in cells which are scattered across the globe (communities), but they make up a much larger organization. 

Without these cells and communities of believers, there would be no gatherings, nor would we have a united Church. 

Just some thoughts…

God Bless and PEACE

Hell’s Advance

We don’t have to go deep into the underbelly of our society to find the farthest advances of the Kingdom of Satan (aka: Hell).  You can look across the campus of a Christian university and see the far reaching fingers of his reach. 

You can see it in the way guys, men and brothers, act and talk towards one another.  You can hear it in the way they openly talk about sex and women, lust and desires.  You can see it in the way they joke around with eachother about sexuallity, behind closed doors and in the privacy of their rooms.  You can see it in how we talk about confessing sins and holding one another accountable, and then we forget and begin to feel apathetic. 

You can see it in the way girls, women and daughters, view and compare themselves to society and the world.  You can hear it how they talk about beauty, as their confidence begins to waiver and they begin to believe in a lie of society.  You can see it in the way they can no longer believe in love, because each and every guy they have talked to, dated, became intimate with has abused them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

You don’t have to go searching for the advance of the Kingdom of Hell in the dark alleys of the cities; Nor do you have to go onto the internet or watch the news to find death, murder and destruction.  Just look at how we (human beings) treat one another.  Look at our relationships with one another, our apathy towards our faith, our carelessness with our surroundings, and our shame that we hide deep within our own hearts. 

The reach of Satan has already gripped the hearts of both non-believers and those in the body of Christ. 

We can no longer be apathetic and turn a blind eye to the advance of Satans reach.  His biggest weapon isn’t his power, but his lack of it.  His power comes from deceit. 

Christians can no longer ignore his presence in our lives and in this world, whispering doubt into our ears. 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against thespiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  
 – Ephesians 6:10-12

God Bless and PEACE