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What the church could be
by Rod Smith
02/02/09
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A place where the people are not only good-hearted but God-hearted. Where the Holy Spirit is not just spoken of in vague terms, but actually visits - if He is regarded as existing, and is invited. Funny isn't it we're told the Holy Spirit is "doing great things" - but somewhere else!

EVANGELISTIC. The church could be full of people who care enough about the world around them to go outside the four walls and tell others of the gospel. It could be a place where people are so familiar with the word tract they don't think it is a railway track.

NO BUILDING. The church could be an assembly that doesn't need a hugely expensive building to house 1,000 people, but where fifty home-meeting lounge rooms would suffice. Do the math, 50 x 20 in each =1000. The dollars going into buildings and their upkeep could then be diverted to reaching the world outside.

HOLY SPIRIT FREEDOM. Rather than what the Holy Spirit will do being decided on Wednesday (when the church bulletin is printed) He will appear instead at the Sunday morning meeting. Imagine: "Welcome, Holy Spirit. We are open. Show us what we should do today."

THE BARRIERS REMOVED. Barriers such as believing only in part what God says. Denial of the supernatural. Saying that divine healing is not for today. Failing to recognize the gifts of the Holy Spirit and utilizing them. Inability to recognize demonic manifestation, and thereby not being able to cast it out. Appointing people by "length of service" rather than by Holy Spirit discernment.

EVERYONE TAKING PART. Control and manipulation becoming a thing of the past. The church could be a place where everyone is involved, not just the few on the platform. A place where the Book of Acts is the manual; where people are taught to do what Jesus said to do; spread the gospel publicly; heal the sick, set at liberty those who are oppressed, cast out demons, even raise the dead.

The church can be a place where the people don't merely sing songs and hear a sermon about Jesus, but see Him in action through them! Then Jesus will be more than "religion" to the world outside.

THAT OLD CHESTNUT SHATTERED. "The church isn't perfect." Of course it isn't, but it can and should be obedient!!


The church could be all of the foregoing - but it will require a revolution in thinking and attitude from what we have now.

THE QUESTIONS GOD IS ASKING. This is prophecy: "Church leaders, are you going to continue with your traditions of men? Or are you willing to let Me do what I want to do? Are you going to do things your way, or My way?"

[I am not in Private Messenger]


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