COVID-19 has forever altered the way we live and everyone has been affected in some way.
Lock-down is a term that was alien to many people. It shut down all places of worship, including Christian churches and such closures in essence forced us all to look closely at how we “do church”.
Some churches closed permanently and may never reopen. Others are now conducting services with reduced attendances and social distancing.
Others have had to go on-line with varying degrees of success.
Other factors also affect us. They include terrorist activity, wars, natural disasters, economic collapse and for Christians—changes in society that threaten the values we have treasured.
Gender diversity, LGBTI, euthanasia, abortion to end of term, hate speech, discrimination and religious persecution are some of the issues we are facing.
The church as we once knew it is at a crossroads.
We have seen financial mismanagement, child abuse, scandals, abuse of power and other issues that evokes such questions as:
How effective is the church today?
Is the church of our day relevant?
What is the role of the church today?
What is the future of the church?
What is happening to the Church and in the church?
Is it time to let go of the past?
Is it time to prepare for change?
Is it time to get ready for a whole new direction in our lives?
Are we really iiving in "end times", prophetically speaking?
Perhaps we may be able to help you find some answers to such questions.
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The horseman and chariot of Israel
When Jesus stood before Pilate, he said, “I was born a King, and I have come into this world to prove what truth really is. And everyone who loves the truth will receive my words.” Pilate looked at Jesus and said, “What is truth?”John 18:37-38
Jesus spoke of truth in John 14:6-7 I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father, too.
Evidently there is no way to gain access to God, other than through Jesus and Jesus alone. There are no middle persons. Jesus also spoke of Knowing—It is a relationship. We shall see more of this in the next tab "Knowing God".
Approximately 85 percent of the world’s population have a religious belief of some kind and identify with a religious group, each one with their version of truth and enlightenment. It can be confusing.
Christianity is founded on the only person who died and rose from the dead and makes it possible to have a genuine and lasting change in life. We can find the tombs of many others, but not find a grave for Jesus. It is empty. When He rose from the dead, He made it possible to obtain salvation and eternal life provided eternal life as a free gift. It cannot be earned in any way.
Other religions and some forms of “Christianity“ require us to do certain things, or behave in a particular way, but this means it all depends on us as we are then attempting to create our own versions of Utopia—Shangrila, Elysum, Garden of Eden, or Paradise.
There is a vast difference between church goers and being The Church. We (believers) are the Church.
Anyone can go to McDonald’s but that does not mean that they are a hamburger. Likewise anyone can driver their car into a garage but they are not the garage. Anyone can go to a church—but are not really a Christian.
When asked their belief structures, most people will answer that they are a certain denomination, but denominations are man made. They are formed of a group that spit away from another group and again sub divided. Jesus is building His Church and there is only one such Church. They do so because of a family tradition, natural birth lines or similar reasons, but lack the relationship experience that makes one a real believer.
Saul was sincere in his beliefs and persecuted believers until Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. This illustrates that we can be sincere—but sincerely wrong about our belief structure. Nicodemus was a prominent religious leader in Israel and sincere in what he believed, but knew nothing about salvation. The account is seen in John 3.
What we see today is much like the party game in which a group of people pass a message from person to person in such a way that no one can hear everything that is being said. The first person can give the original message to the next in line who then passes it on to the next until the last person receives the message. By then, it may be very different to the original. Try it.
I am an ordained pastor and studied for a doctorate. I love The Church and God’s people, but it saddens me to see how many people simply do not know God at all, have little personal relationship with Him, do not really know the word of God and rarely move out of their own individual circles. Because of my affiliations and ministry alliances, I have observed various church movements, doctrines, beliefs and practices and am both disappointed and confused at what I witness. I might seem harsh and critical, but it is evident that we are not what we claim.
There is much talk about unity, but we are split and divided. We are facing a point when a division or separation is happening.
On one side is the true Church Jesus is building and on the other hand is a group of people with all kinds of backgrounds seeking to create a one world religion. It is coming.
The answer to our question depends on the true meaning of what it means to be a Christian.
John 8:32 shows us that Knowing truth makes us free. The word for knowing in the Greek is ginosko and it speaks about a deep form of intimacy. It is the kind of intimacy a man and a woman share in marriage. It is not knowing about God, but knowing Him in a personal intimate relationship that matters. People may say that they believe in God, but that does not really mean a thing. James explains it this way: Are there still some among you who hold that “only believing” is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the demons believe this too—so strongly that they tremble in terror! Fool! When will you ever learn that “believing” is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith. James 2:19-20
It is evident that there are numerous forms of religion in the world. There are many voices all clamoring for our attention—so which one is right? Who do you listen to?
Even in what is called Christianity, there are far too many differing versions, with many denominations and different versions even within certain denominations having the same name. It is indeed confusing.
We must ask if this is the way God really intended it to be. Jesus plainly said that He was going to build His Church.
It is not knowing about God, but knowing Him in a personal intimate relationship that matters.
People may say that they believe in God, but that does not really mean a thing. James explains it this way: Are there still some among you who hold that “only believing” is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the demons believe this too—so strongly that they tremble in terror! Fool! When will you ever learn that “believing” is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith. James 2:19-20
From this and other scriptures, it is evident that the devil and evil spirits can all correctly say that they know God and even go to religious meetings. They love religion and this is evident by the many false gods and idols and expressions of worship found all over the world.
Job who had the testimony of a man who reverenced God, did not have such an intimacy of relationship although he regularly made sacrifice to God. Job’s dramas in life were actually self inflicted but that is another story. He had an experience with God that changed his whole religious attitude. I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears! Job 42:4-5
Unfortunately many people have a distant relationship, or one that is only experienced through religious observances and traditions. Their relationship may be likened to that of Job’s until such time they have one by first hand experience.
Many churches today have all the outward signs. They prefer their liturgy, traditions, ceremonies, worship services of varying forms of expression, but lack that life changing intimacy of relationship, as Job, Saul of Tarsus, the Patriarchs, Moses and many Old Testament prophets once had. You too can have such a wonderful experience—right now where you sit.
There is a Divine pattern involved and it cannot be altered. When God commanded Moses to build the Tabernacle in Exodus 25:8-9, He said ...let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. Exactly as I show you—the pattern of the Tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings—so shall you make it.
Everything had to be done in accord with God’s pattern, without any deviation. God often reminded Moses to make sure that he followed that pattern. We shall speak of the Tabernacle elsewhere.
If there is a pattern, it must also apply to the Church Jesus is building...
Have we strayed from it?
COVID-19 might be considered as hitting a restart button. The precedences are seen in scripture.
I ask you to evaluate everything that is told you, regardless of who is speaking. It could be the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, a local pastor, or even me. Always check it out for yourself. There are two classes of people—those who never check the truth and accepted what was told them and those who search their own bibles to see if thy are being told truth as we see here: ...the believers sent Paul and Silas off to the city of Berea, where they once again went into the synagogue. They found that the Jews of Berea were of more noble character and much more open minded than those of Thessalonica. They were hungry to learn and eagerly received the word. Every day they opened the scrolls of Scripture to search and examine them, to verify that what Paul taught them was true. A large number of Jews became believers in Jesus, along with quite a few influentiale Greek women and men. Acts 17:10-12
Our ministry is asking you to do likewise.
You have help and such help if the Holy Spirit. Ask Him. See John 14:15-17, 26; 15:26; 17:7-15.
Here is the point of what we are saying: We have a high priest who sits on the right side of God’s throne in heaven. Our high priest serves in the Most Holy Place, the true place of worship that was made by God, not by humans.
Every high priest has the work of offering gifts and sacrifices to God. So our high priest must also offer something to God.
If our high priest were now living on earth, he would not be a priest, because there are already priests here who follow the law by offering gifts to God.
The work they do as priests is only a copy and a shadow of what is in heaven.
This is why God warned Moses when he was ready to build the Holy Tent: “Be very careful to make everything by the plan I showed you on the mountain.”
We have adopted the viewpoint that change is upon us and we do so by observation and experience and by biblical principles recorded in history. What we teach and what everyone also teaches must always must line up with biblical truth.
When Moses led the people out of Egypt, they crossed the Red Sea and that represented change. The old life ceased forever and they embarked on a new era.
When they crossed over the River Jordan into the Promised Land, this had similar meaning. An old life came to an end and a new life began.
Both incidents speak of believer’s baptism. That symbolizes an entering into a new experience in God. Paul described this in 2 Corinthians 5:17. The relationship with God had commenced and people who were now classed as believers—as born again Christians—were baptized as an outward expression of their conversion. It is Believers’ Baptism!
During their travels, the Israelites followed God who provided the cloud by day and the fire at night. When He moved, they moved and when He stopped they stopped. Watchmen looked for His movement and blew a particular trumpet call to announce the event.
At one time, they encountered poisonous snakes and when people started to die, Moses made a brass serpent at God’s command and placed it on a pole so that when someone was bitten, they had to go to it and gaze upon it. When they did, they were healed. The power was not in the brass image, but in the symbolism involved—Jesus was the one lifted up on the cross to deal with the sin issue once and for all time. Jesus spoke of this in John 3:14.
As they continued their journey, following God, they left that area and those snakes behind. The brass serpent that God used for that occasion, was for that occasion only. The people left the snakes behind and so that brazen object was no longer needed, but they kept it and took it with them.
400 or so years later, the people had turned an object that God used once as a tool to do a specific thing at a specific time and had made it an object of worship—an idol, or a false god. The man of God came and destroyed it. Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah became king during the third year Hoshea son of Elah was king of Israel. Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he ruled twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. Hezekiah did what the Lord said was right, just as his ancestor David had done. He removed the places where gods were worshiped. He smashed the stone pillars and cut down the Asherah idols. Also the Israelites had been burning incense to Nehushtan, the bronze snake Moses had made. But Hezekiah broke it into pieces. 2 Kings 1:1-4
History has a habit of repeating itself.
Allow me to ask a pointed question.
“Has the church made its own Nehushtan”?
I suggest that it has.
The things God did once that were great and wonderful, often led to the establishment of churches and other groups.
God does not change. He said so in Malachi 3:6: I am the Lord, I change not.
See also Psalm 102:27; Hebrews 1:12 and Hebrews 13:8
If what He did for Israel when they encountered those snakes was temporary and because God never changes, perhaps many of those wonderful church events were also temporary. They were appropriate for a particular time or place, but He has moved on, whilst men remained behind.
If this is true, then we must consider the implications of recent events, like social distancing, lock-downs and more. We must ask if the present COVID-19 pandemic is going to continue for much longer or if something worse may come and of so, where do we stand?
I am not being melodramatic or pessimistic. I am merely pointing out that we must consider that church life as we once knew it may have changed.
This raises certain questions such as:
How long with this occur?
Where do we stand in the economy of things?
What is God doing now?
What do we do now?
We hope to assist you in finding answers to such often perplexing issues.
Our objectives are simple.
We would like you to get to know God.
If that is all we do, then we have fulfilled our mission.
We are not building or planting churches.
This is not denigrating them in any way, but we do not concentrate on all the peripherals so readily adopted by many organizations. We are all affected by:
Fads, that come and go
Worship trends that often depend on the latest “hit” song
Church programs that, despite their merit, can become like social club gatherings
Isolations and changes brought on by COVID-19 (and its possible successor
Socio-economic changes and influence
Our objectives are based on similar precepts Paul spoke of in his prayer for The Church in Ephesians.
We want to see God’s people blessed, fulfilled, equipped, motivated and released as mature disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and not remain as babes. 1 Peter 2:1-5; Hebrews 5:11-14; Hebrews 6:1-3 and Hebrews 8:10-11 are illustrations.
I’d like to quote Paul’s prayer in part now as it sums up what I am trying to say:
I’m writing this letter to all the devoted believers who have been made holy by being one with Jesus, the Anointed One.
May God himself, the heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, release grace over you and impart total well-being into your lives.
Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus—all because he sees us wrapped into Christ. This is why we celebrate him with all our hearts!
And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.
For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace—for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!
Since we are now joined to Christ, we have been given the treasures of redemption by his blood—the total cancellation of our sins—all because of the cascading riches of his grace.
This superabundant grace is already powerfully working in us, releasing within us all forms of wisdom and practical understanding. And through the revelation of the Anointed One, he unveiled his secret desires to us—the hidden mystery of his long-range plan, which he was delighted to implement from the very beginning of time. And because of God’s unfailing purpose, this detailed plan will reign supreme through every period of time until the fulfillment of all the ages finally reaches its climax—when God makes all things new in all of heaven and earth through Jesus Christ.
Through our union with Christ we too have been claimed by God as his own inheritance. Before we were even born, he gave us our destiny; that we would fulfill the plan of God who always accomplishes every purpose and plan in his heart. God’s purpose was that we Jews, who were the first to long for the messianic hope, would be the first to believe in the Anointed One and bring great praise and glory to God!
And because of him, when you who are not Jews heard the revelation of truth, you believed in the wonderful news of salvation. Now we have been stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.
He is given to us like an engagement ring is given to a bride, as the first installment of what’s coming! He is our hope-promise of a future inheritance which seals us until we have all of redemption’s promises and experience complete freedom—all for the supreme glory and honor of God!
Because of this, since I first heard about your strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and your tender love toward all his devoted ones, my heart is always full and overflowing with thanks to God for you as I constantly remember you in my prayers.
I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.
I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!
I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming!
And he alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God has put everything beneath the authority of Jesus Christ and has given him the highest rank above all others. And now we, his church, are his body on the earth and that which fills him who is being filled by it! Ephesians 1:1-23
We provide teaching. It is our belief that anyone can conduct meetings and that’s great. This is part of our expression to God in worship. What we have observed in more than 50 years of experience is that God’s people are not being properly equipped and released to do the world that is necessary. This is consistent with what Paul said in Ephesians 4:1-5.
I plead with you to walk holy, in a way that is suitable to your high rank, given to you in your divine calling. With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience.
Be faithful to guard the sweet harmony of the Holy Spirit among you in the bonds of peace, being one body and one spirit, as you were all called into the same glorious hope of divine destiny.
For the Lord God is one, and so are we, for we share in one faith, one baptism, and one Father.
And He is the perfect Father who leads us all, works through us all, and lives in us all!
Unfortunately the church is not like this. We are actually divided. The human body is comprised of many different parts and every part has its own place and unique function. When each individual part is working properly, the body of whole—complete and healthy. When one component member is out of place or not operating as per its design, the body is not well and the church is like that. I need not elaborate. You can see that for yourself.
Paul continued. Please note my emphasis: And he has generously given each one of us supernatural grace, according to the size of the gift of Christ. This is why he says:
“He ascends into the heavenly heights taking his many captured ones with him, and gifts were given to men.”
He “ascended” means that he returned to heaven, after he had first descended from the heights of heaven, even descending as far as the lowest parts of the earth. The same one who descended is also the one who ascended above the heights of heaven, in order to begin the restoration and fulfillment of all things.
And he has appointed some with grace to be apostles, and some with grace to be prophets, and some with grace to be evangelists,and some with grace to be pastors, and some with grace to be teachers.
And their calling is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry, and as they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ.
These grace ministries will function until we all attain oneness in the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ.
And then our immaturity will end!
And we will not be easily shaken by trouble, nor led astray by novel teachings or by the false doctrines of deceivers who teach clever lies.
But instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth.
All our direction and ministries will flow from Christ and lead us deeper into him, the anointed Head of his body, the church.
For his “body” has been formed in his image and is closely joined together and constantly connected as one.
And every member has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love. ephesians 4:-11-16
This is how we are now going about our ministry assignment.
We concentrate on teaching believers the kinds of things Paul touched on.
We are not into building up our own ministry, but building up the Body of Christ.
We are not trying to get anyone to come to our church, but to come to the Lord and to get to know Him.
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We avoid religious jargon.
We draw heavily from the original languages.
We drawn from our Jewish heritage.
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