Move over, move out, move around – do it and your perspective changes. Stay in one place, spiritually, emotionally, or physically and your perspective can form into a type of tunnel vision. We all need to come out and move around in life, in some way, in some form. When I moved out, I began to see. Now, do not assume that I will never go into a ‘church setting’. If you do, you are missing the point of what I am saying in this blog. My perspective on church, along with many other things, has changed and is changing. Here’s just a few.
The Bible – This is a book that I absolutely love. I see it as a book that reveals to me the person of Christ Jesus by Holy Spirit. It has layers of understanding and revelation given to us by the Spirit as He reveals Christ to us. It is not a book to be dissected and separated in a spirit of self-righteousness, giving religious laws and rules to live a constrained and mundane life. It is a person giving us His life flowing through us. This book can’t even be understood apart from the Spirit of God.
Prayer – This is not a platform given to me to beg, plead, coerce or manipulate God to hear me, as if He is deaf or unconcerned. This is a place of holy communion with God by Holy Spirit where I live in a place of oneness with Christ in me. I agree with what He has already established in His word and through His life and thereby my life. I don’t agree that we need 24/7 prayer to cry out continuously trying to break down walls that already came down when Jesus died, was resurrected and ascended into heaven seated with God and with us in heavenly places.
Revival – Revival of what? Christ is in us, the hope of glory. Hoping for that one day whereby something sweeps through a nation or a people, denies the reality that Christ is in us and we are called right now to walk in revelation, power, and authority. We have it now in Christ. This word seems to be something people love to say, write about, think about and dwell in the possibility of, rather than to BE Christ to the world right where they are in life. This word, in my opinion, keeps people chasing after speakers and conferences. This word, denies the value of true discipleship and equipping to DO for God what the Holy Spirit directs us to DO in life.
Covering – Jesus is my covering. There is no man-made covering of denomination, organization, or religious establishment. I am covered in Christ – no gender or race discrimination. Christ calls me, qualifies me and places me in Him in the Body of Christ. I need nothing else but that in my life. Through life in Christ, relationships, accountability, and community will form through Holy Spirit, not through man’s wisdom or efforts.
Church – How to say this in a few words? Church is the moving, living, flowing life of Christ through a people living and moving in their salvation in Christ. It flows in Holy Spirit order. It can meet anywhere at any time as believers gather together. It moves in the reality of Christ, His person, His headship, His works, and His life. It is not dependent on a day to meet, or a place to gather, or a denomination to cover. Holy Spirit integrates us in the life of Christ as people gather of one accord in the simplicity and unity of the finished work of the cross and God’s grace. The whole definition of church is changing day by day. Church is moving out of form and structure and moving into a revelation of the union of Christ with His people. I do believe in equipping through Five-Fold leadership to see the saints mature. I believe in accountability, authority, relationship and discipleship in the Spirit and by the Spirit.
Tithing – What’s to say? Since the day I came to know the Lord, I have given my life, my finances, my time and more. I don’t believe that 10% is a rule or law we should follow for it is based in the Old Testament. Jesus’s commandment of loving Him is greater than law. Therefore, to give 10% would be ridiculous. We give Him our life, our time, our finances, our future, our hopes, our dreams and more. Marvin and I have submitted our finances to God and we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in giving. We don’t tithe, as the definition suggests. We do more than that. We give and give and give – in a generous spirit.
Last thought – Evangelism – Not taught but caught. I did all the ‘reach out, hand out, give out’ tract stuff. To me it was rote and unrealistic. Evangelism is based on the reality of our life, each of our lives, flowing forth in Christ, to the people that we come into contact with day by day. Once again, I believe there are evangelists in the Body of Christ. Yet, they can’t do it for us. Our passion for Christ should flow out to the world around us. When people are discipled by Christ through Holy Spirit, equipped to grow in maturity, have encounters with a living Lord, they will flow out. It is quite simple.