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Many times over the years the Holy Spirit brings me back to thinking about the purpose of a church. Recently that is going through my thoughts again. And tonight I bumped into this verse – and my thoughts have snapped to attention. I get it!
What would a church look like which was based on this verse…
So Christ himself gave
the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
to equip his people for works of service – Eph 4:11-12
He gives us a leadership team – the church leaders – to do what? To equip His people to DO WORKS OF SERVICE.
What if our churches changed from being a “car parking area” into a highway. Not a mass of seated people, but instead a mass of moving people, moving in groups, each moving in their own calling.
Instead of being “a place of safety” for young Christians to be “saved into”, instead young Christians become a part of a group of people on a journey. Paul was saved one day, filled with the Holy Spirit a few days later… and then he went preaching the gospel the very next day!
Equipping FOR works
What if church equipped all the attendees for works of service? What if the leadership saw their role as helping the attendees in their works of service? I mean… take a moment to think of your local mega church (4,000 people or 20,000 people) and imagine every one of those people doing works of service!
What if leadership saw it’s role as building the people up… SO THAT they can do works of service…
so that the body of Christ may be built up – Eph 4:12
The gates of hell will not withstand
It rocks my world to think that Jesus Christ said that the gates of hell will not prevail against His church. Let’s not gloss over those words. Take a moment to think about them. The assumption He is making is that His church – the people – are attacking the gates of hell. Attacking, not surviving.
Reinhard Bonnke says this…
Christians are not the hunted, they are the hunters. You will not run away from the devil, the devil will run away from you. “Stand ye therefore…” Receive it in the name of Jesus. REINHARD BONNKE.
Church is a place to learn how to attack the gates of hell… and to do so in a supportive community, surrounded by like minded people who are encouraging you… and led by gifted people who want to see you be built up and they see it as their role to equip you for your calling.
Church is not a parking zone, but a flow of people doing works of service. Sunday is the day to be equipped. Monday to Saturday are the days to do works of service. Then back to Sunday to get more equipping. Then get busy Monday to Saturday doing your works of service. Go to church on Sunday to be built up… and then back out there, doing your works of service the rest of the days.
I don’t know if this is hitting you, but it’s whacking me. I’ve been searching for this truth for years and today I see it! Church is a place where Holy-Spirit-filled-elders are equipping and building up the flock so that the flock are more effective in their works of service.
The basic assumption is that everyone has a work of service – and that alone is revolutionary! 4,000 or 20,000 or 500 or 40 people who are all attacking the gates of hell, following their unique call to impact society in their unique God-given way.
What do you think? Why do you go to your church? Do you see the signs Jesus Christ said to look for? Leave a comment!
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