A gathering of fellow believers

Posted: December 28, 2012 in christian living, ecclesia, Jesus

A question a good brother posted on facebook.. [edit wording]

If you were looking for a gathering of fellow believers and had the flexibility to specify your top three criteria, what would they be? Why?

1) As free from roman catholic leaven as possible (clergy-laity divide, religious titles, 501c, denominational names, etc)

Because Jesus is dishonored by these things, they keep even the few true saints in that system in spiritual infancy by mocking Christs and the apostles teachings. He died so that we would all be brethren, that the elders would be the lessers, that His body would be built up through its many members learning to function in their God given gifting. A place where I am closer with the brethren then I was with my worldly friends before I was saved, where we are connected effectually through Christ and not through a program or structure.

2) A pilgrim mindset

Because 150,000 people are dying every day and going to hell, Jesus is coming back sooner than later, and even if not in our life we must still appear at the judgment seat of Christ to have every single work tried by fire. What is our life but a vapor?

3) A radical devotion to Christ and His kingdom – especially in faith-filled prayer and joyful obedience to the whole council of His word

Because even the most saintly of us need to be made to squirm in our chairs on occasion as secret areas of pride, apathy, worldliness, etc are exposed in our hearts that they can be replaced with better things, things of God. In short a group that is full of the power and fire of God that these things can happen without them being forced as a law but be received as a cold glass of water on a hot day instead. A place where the most lowly of saints takes seriously his responsibility to be “my brothers keeper” that we can be helped down the narrow road that leads to life. A place that helps the brothers to be Godly husbands and fathers not for the purpose of living quaint little pious lives with our family at ease in zion, but where we aren’t afraid to take the kids down to the ghetto and minister to gangs and prostitutes, or have them wrap their arms around a dirty bum who hasn’t had a hug in five years and say that Jesus loves them – even at the risk of bringing home flees and lice. All this without compromising sound doctrine or exalting experiences over the clear word of God.

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  2. fleebabylon says:

    “A place that helps the brothers to be Godly husbands and fathers not for the purpose of living quaint little pious lives with our family at ease in zion, but where we aren’t afraid to take the kids down to the ghetto and minister to gangs and prostitutes, or have them wrap their arms around a dirty bum who hasn’t had a hug in five years and say that Jesus loves them – even at the risk of bringing home flees and lice.”

    PS – I am not saying that every believer is called to be out on the streets, but just coming against the notion of a christian family whose piety does not consist of radical acts of love and faith. Those radical acts may be checks written to orphanages or missionaries in secret, prayer for the saints when everyone else is sleeping, a mother washing dishes for her children that she prays will one day take the Gospel to the far ends of the jungle, a brother bearing the burden of an unbelieving wife striving to keep peace while remaining faithful to Jesus, a teenager getting a job mowing lawns so they have money to share with those in need, etc. It may even be things that are so far beyond me that I can’t even think of them to list them here.

    James 1:26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

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