Monday, April 15, 2013

Out of Church Movement

It is an incomprehensible thought. That God would actually lead a person out of church.

We are so conditioned that we should go to church when we believe something, whatever the denomination or belief that we don't question. Going to church goes hand in hand... Or does it...

Ever since I believed I have always prayed and waited for God to lead me to which church I should go to. I guess that's because of the way I met God (http://josieburness.com.au/MyStory.html). He came to me while I was minding my own business. What happened is that I have ended up out of church.

What if people go to church but that's not actually where they should go. They think they should, so they find their nearest place, their local church, or even just go where their family go. Some people have been going to the same church their whole life and never bothered to question why.

"Church" is not in the bible. That's right. The early Christians had fellowship, bible reading, prayer, healings and tongue speaking, and often gathered together, but you never find a prescribed Sunday service. It's just not there. It came later under the formalisation of the Catholic Church. In the bible there was no denomination. Just gatherings of believers.

The word "church" was formed later. The bible uses "ecclesia" which just meant a gathering or assembly, and had connotations of called out ones.

If we look at "church" today it is not a reflection of what we see in the New Testament scriptures. We are letting ourselves be bound to this Sunday Service idea without looking at its origins, reasons or necessity.

The Lord said "see, I am doing a new thing" (Isaiah 43:19)

Are you ready? Are you listening?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

I want to tell a story.

Once upon a time there was a woman called Georgia. Georgia worked part time as an assistant for Frank.  One day, Frank found out that Georgia had been posting on Facebook when she was meant to be working for him.  Frank was very angry, as he paid Georgia an hourly rate.  Frank sent Georgia notice and was going to dismiss her immediately.

Georgia was very sorry.  She went and apologised to Frank and begged him to forgive her.  There was no way she could compensate Frank, and all she could offer him was continued service.   Frank forgave her, and took back the dismissal he had sent to her in anger.

Georgia was actually a Pastor's wife, and worked part time to suplement her husbands small wage from the ministry. That weekend at church two men approached their doors, hand in hand.  Georgia rushed to intercept them, and said "can I help you?".  One of the young men said " yes, we are looking for answers about God".  Georgia said "homosexuals will not enter the kingdom of heaven, you must repent, and please do not hold hands in my church as it will offend."  The young men turned and walked away.

The next day at work Frank approached Georgia.  You see Frank was a member of the same church, which is how he found out Georgia was posting on Facebook during work.  She had been updating the church Facebook page.

Frank said "Georgia, yesterday I forgave you for trespassing against me"
Georgia said "yes, and I am so thankful"
"You should have known better, yet two men who didn't know anything about God were turned away  yesterday by your unforgivness.  You are no longer forgiven.  Take your stuff and leave"

One of the boys was Franks son.

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."