Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Church model? Be Who YOU Are!

Should I be like Paul? Should I be like Peter? Should I be like John? Should my church gathering be like the church gatherings as described in Acts? Should my church gatherings be like the church gatherings as described by Paul? Should my church gatherings be like the church gatherings that I grew up in? Should my church gatherings be like the church gatherings that I eventually changed to?

You know, there's not "one" given way to do it. There is not "one" way to minister to others. There is no specific church "model" in the Bible. There is nothing that says you have to do it exactly this way or that way. Sure, you can look and see how they did it in Acts. You can look and see how certain issues were dealt with by Paul and the others. But in doing so, let the SPIRIT be your guide. It's not WWJD. It's what is Jesus doing NOW.

One time (that we know of) Jesus got out a whip and started turning over tables. One time (that we know of) Paul "withstood (Peter) to his face." One time (that we know of) the people of the church sold what they had and shared everything in common. But were these things patterns or designs of how the church should do things from that point on?
Christ is in you. Listen to Him. Walk with Him.

Sometimes (that we know of) Paul went to Jewish synagogues and talked with people. We (generally) don't do that today! We have church buildings, podcasts, radio and TV ministries. There were no church buildings in the Bible. There were no podcasts in the Bible. There were no radio or TV ministries in the Bible. But yet it's the way that God has led people to do things today. It's neither "right" nor "wrong." It's just the way people do things. It's OK.

Do you see what I'm getting at? Just be who YOU are in the body of Christ (and let others be who they are). You don't necessarily need a specific model or program or pattern. As the Spirit leads, it just works!

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