An Apostolic Understanding – Part Fifteen

Constantine, the Roman Emperor at the time of the Council of Nicea ((325 A.D.) brought about a large number of changes that permanently changed the future of the Early Church. Let’s look at some of those changes…

One of the biggest changes Constantine made was to outlaw house churches. Constantine could not control what happened in house churches, so he built magnificent “temples” for the church all over the empire. Constantine not only outlawed home churches, he also threatened severe punishment for those who continued to meet in homes.

Constantine’s church buildings we called ‘basilicas.’ They were amazing buildings, even magnificent, patterned after the throne room of his own imperial palace. At the front of each basilica, he placed a throne. Remember, there is a governmental shift going on here from the leadership of the fivefold ministers of Ephesians 4:11-12, especially the leadership of apostles and prophets, to paid, professional clergy under the regional leadership of a bishop and the local leadership of a priest. The throne, therefore, was for the bishop. It served as a reminder that the bishop was now the leader in the district (now called a diocese) and a trusted representative of the Roman government and the Emperor himself.

Within these basilicas, Constantine instituted a new kind of worship. Borrowing from the pattern of Rome’s pagan temples, the church hired professional clergy to perform sacred rituals which the church members watched in silence. “Laymen” were no longer permitted to minister. Through most of the Dark Ages (many centuries), the average churchgoer was not even permitted to sing in church. Music was performed by professional choirs. But the worst changes were still yet to come.

Constantine was troubled that his empire was sharply divided between pagans and believers, so he tried to unify the empire by bringing pagan elements into the church. To make his new religion, the Christian faith, more comfortable for the pagans now crowding in, he outlawed “Jewish” celebrations like Passover, and replaced them with “Christianized” versions of familiar pagan feasts.

By the end of the century, paganism was outlawed. Pagan temples became churches. Pagan shrines were changed to Christian shrines. Pagans were told that they now lived in a Christian empire, and it was their responsibility to live as Christians. The trouble was they did not know Jesus. They were still pagans. They still wanted to burn incense to their favourite deities. The pagans responded to the official decrees by giving Christian names to their pagan gods and continuing to worship as they always had.

If you were a pagan farmer and were told you could no longer go to your temple and pray to the god of the harvest, what do you do? You would go to the church building that use to be your temple and pray to the patron saint of the harvest. Your worship has not changed; you are simply calling your old gods by new names. They still called it “church” but much off what took place in the church was now paganism.

As a result, many segments of the Christian faith today pray to dead saints asking them to answer their prayers making them into minor gods. They are actually speaking with the dead in direct contradiction to the teachings of both the Old and the New Testaments.

When paganism and idolatry were brought into the Church, the Holy Spirit departed.
By the year 500 A.D., the Church was overrun with paganism. Many church leaders were unbelievers. When the secular government of Rome crumbled, the church stepped in to fill the gap. The church became a great political and military power, but lost the power of God.

 

 

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Fourteen

For the first 300 years the Church that was birthed at Pentecost (Acts, chapter 2) spread very rapidly. The believers met in homes and the life of God was so real to them (inside them) that they shared it with everyone they knew. People were being born again, new houses were opened for believers to assemble, and the Church spread throughout the Roman Empire. It was amazing. This was an apostolic age as the apostles led God’s people to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20).

The death of the Early Church began with an event that, at first, seemed like a great blessing. It was the “conversion” of the Roman emperor Constantine. The year was 312 A.D. and there was great turmoil in the Empire. Two rivals, Constantine and Maxentius, were struggling to seize the imperial throne. As he prepared for battle, Constantine was nervous. He had heard that Maxentius was a master of the occult arts, so Constantine decided to pray for supernatural help. He prayed to his favourite god, the Persian sun god Mithras.

As Constantine prayed to Mithras, he reportedly saw a vision of a flaming cross in the sky next to the sun and heard the words, “Conquer by this.” In response to this vision, Constantine took the cross as his symbol, won the battle, and came to the throne with the announcement that he was now a follower of Christ.

The Christians could hardly believe it. The Church has been through a number of different persecutions over the 300 years since its founding. Now the new emperor claimed to be a follower of Jesus! It seemed like an answer to prayer.

Persecution ended immediately. Christianity changed from being just another religion to a favoured religion. Constantine offered extravagant gifts to prominent citizens who would convert to his new religion, so thousands of the Roman elite rushed to join the emperor’s new church. Constantine made Sunday an official Roman holiday. He built magnificent church buildings all over the empire.

But Constantine not only legalized Christianity, he tried to improve it. In return for his favour, Constantine demanded control. He didn’t like the way Christians organized things. It seemed too loose for his administrative Roman mind, so he brought the Church into a governmental shift.

In the year 325, Constantine called and presided over the first general council of the Church, the Council of Nicea. Its purpose was to recognize the Church and give it a new image. At the Council of Nicea, Constantine literally reinvented Christianity. Christianity after Nicea was a different religion than what the original apostles had known.

Next time we will look at some of the things that the emperor changed….

 

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Thirteen

The Early Church was certainly different from what we today would consider to be “church.” We began looking at what an assembly in the first century might have looked like in general.

7> After the meal was over – with the Lord’s Supper also celebrated as part of the regular fellowship meal – there is a subtle shift in the atmosphere as people begin to quieten down and focus, once again, on worshipping the Lord with their whole hearts. The air seems to thicken and there is a tangible sense of God’s presence that pervades the room or the courtyard where they are meeting. In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul writes that when the church assembles, the power of the Lord comes and is present with them.

8> It is at this time, as people are focused on the Lord, that ministry begins to take place. People are worshipping and being touched by God’s presence; others are lost in worship as they sing; some are flat out on the floor as the Holy Spirit ministers to them personally and directly.

The ministry of the Early Church is described in 1 Corinthians 14. Paul writes, “When you come together EVERYONE has a hymn or a word of instruction, a revelation or a tongue or an interpretation… You can all prophecy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.”

9> Although it won’t be evident, there is a leader. No one is the “paid professional” up front. But, the Holy Spirit is leading the meeting as He touches and moves through many of the people gathered. Everyone is taking part in the ministry time. Someone gives a word of knowledge for healing; someone else raises their hand and acknowledges that they need a healing. People gather around this person and pray. The healing is received and the person is set free.

Someone else then reads a passage of Scripture (Old Testament, as most of the New Testament was not yet available). Someone else sings a prophetic song often called a “song of the Lord” or a “new song.” Many are touched by the words of the song and what they are expressing of God’s heart for His people and so they begin to weep. There is a strong anointing – a manifest presence of the Lord in the assembly – and everyone is aware of it. Prophetic words are given. There are tongues and interpretation of tongues. More songs of praise and worship.

10> If there are visitors present, they are introduced and prayed for – especially if there is any newcomer who is in need of a healing or a Word from the Lord. Healing and prophecy (word of wisdom and word of knowledge) are key elements in the evangelizing of visitors and newcomers. Often, because of the powerful ministry of the Holy Spirit, through those who are born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit, unsaved people present experience God’s love for them first hand and come into the Kingdom during this time. This is power evangelism in the Early Church.

Irenaeus, an early Church Father, writing in the year 195, tells us that prophetic words, tongues and miracles of healing were common in his day. He adds that people were frequently raised from the dead through the prayers of the saints. Great church growth strategy.

The house church meeting runs late into the night, but no one seems to notice. Finally, the meeting begins to break up. The sense of the Spirit’s presence begins to lift, but there are still several small groups huddled in prayer.

As people are preparing to leave there is more visiting at the main door, hugging and kissing. You would recognize that these people truly love one another and care for one another. They act like this is their family. And it is!

This is what it was like “to go to church” in the first century. There would have been hundreds of meetings like this going on at the same time throughout a city … Jerusalem, Corinth, Antioch, and Ephesus, to name a few. These are the kind of churches that Paul planted as he moved around establishing the Kingdom where there was spiritual darkness and no light of the Gospel present.

This is how the Church met for 300 years, and it spread everywhere. It literally took over the Roman Empire. Some estimate that by the year 300 as much as half of the Empire had converted to Christianity. That was the life of the Early Church.

But then the Church died. By the year 500, the Early Church had ceased to exist.

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Twelve

As we look at the fresh move of God and the apostolic Church that Jesus is building, let’s take a brief visit to the Early Churches seen in the New Testament, especially the Book of Acts. This can be exciting and challenging at the same time as early Christians had a totally different concept of church than we often do today.

Most of the things that we associate with church today didn’t exist inn the first dew centuries. The Early Church did not have church buildings, budgets, pulpits, pews, church bulletins, or a professional clergy class that led them. They didn’t even have video projectors. So, here is some of what the Early Church would have looked like….

1> You would not necessarily meet on a Sunday morning for your weekly worship assembly. Believers who came out of a Jewish background would have gathered on a Saturday night after sundown after the Jewish Sabbath ended. The first day of the week started at sundown on Saturday and so they gather at the start of every new week.

2> They would not be meeting in a “church building.” These did not come into being until the mid 300’s. The Early Church met in a variety o venues. They used the Temple courts in the city of Jerusalem. The School of Tyranus in Ephesus. They would hold large open-air gatherings. But, their primary meeting place in every city and town was the homes of believers.

3> Early Church gatherings were not particularly quiet nor solemn. As you entered the courtyard of the home where the believers were meeting, it would look like there was a major party going on. Some would be playing musical instruments, some would be singing, dancing, clapping hands.

4> You would feel very welcomed, loved, and accepted in spite of there not being any officially appointed “greets” at the main entrance. Everyone is engaged in making people coming into the gathering feel welcomed and loved.

5> After the worship and celebration food is brought in and people find a seat to begin the meal. This meal was often called a “love feast” or the “agape.” It would start with prayer and thanksgiving for the food and fellowship. A leader would take a cup, say a blessing, and pass the cup around so each one could drink. He would then pick up a loaf of bread and offer thanks. It is also passed from person to person. That was The Lord’s Supper in its original context. Then the supper meal would begin.

There were variations on the supper. For example, sometimes at the start the bread was passed around and each person broke off a piece for themselves. Prayer was offered and everyone ate. The cup was passed around, after prayer, at the end of the supper meal to end the evening with more prayer and then worship.

6> The meal is a joyful time filled with stories of what the Lord was doing one everyone’s lives. Testimonies were shared. Often, someone would stand and read a letter that had been received – sent to them by a believer in another house church or even by an apostle who was a spiritual father to the particular group. These letters that were read were often a result of questions being asked of the apostles by the local leaders.

When the reading and discussion about what was heard ends and the meal is over, worship starts up again…

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Eleven

To understand where we are heading as a Church in today’s world, as the Kingdom continues to expand and impact lives, we need to return to the early Church. The life of the early Church is recorded for us in the Book of Acts.

In Acts, chapter 2, the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon 120 people in the city of Jerusalem. They were the original followers of Jesus who had been born again after Jesus rose from the dead (see: John 20:22). By the end of the day, the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) had begun to flow and God had added more than 3,000 people to the Church. Within a year the Church tripled in size numbering more than 10,000. Some estimate that by the time Stephen was killed in Acts, chapter six, that the Church had grown to 20,000 members.

That kind of explosive growth took place wherever the Gospel of the Kingdom was planted and people came to the Lord. The Lord would build His Church as the seeds of the Gospel took root and people came into a relationship with Him.

In Acts 19, Paul went to the city of Ephesus, a city of 500,000 and the 4th largest city in the world at that time. Paul planted the Gospel in the lives of 12 followers of John the Baptist and the Church began. Paul remained there for 2 years teaching in the church. Acts 19:10 tells us the amazing fact that during that time the entire city of Ephesus and the surrounding area, known as Asia Minor, was evangelized and heard the Word of the Lord.

The Ephesian Church grew so rapidly that the city’s economy was affected. Ephesus was home to the Temple of Diana, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. One of the major industries in Ephesus was the manufacture of silver images of the goddess. During Paul’s two year stay in Ephesus so many people turned from paganism to Jesus that the sales of these idols plummeted. (It is estimated that a quarter of the city was born again during this time). The idol-makers were furious! They rioted in the street to protest their loss of business.

That’s the power of the Gospel and the amazing work of the Holy Spirit through the early disciples of Jesus. The world had never known anything like it before. Wherever the Church was established it grew with incredible speed, and nothing, it seems, could stand against it and succeed. Nothing in the world could resist the power of the Early Church.

That same power is available to the Church today. A person is born again by coming to believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord and Saviour and repenting of their sins with godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:8-10). Then, as a disciple they can ask God for the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5, 8: Luke 24:49) and have a second encounter with the living God as the Holy Spirit comes upon them and empowers them to be a witness for the resurrected Jesus. This power is released through the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit as disciples go about their daily lives and make God “manifest” in the places where they go – grocery store, gas station, coffee shop (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). As a result of this “being a witness” many will come into the Kingdom as they did in the early Church and as we saw in the story of the Church in Ephesus.

 

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Ten

Those who are in touch with what the Lord is doing in His Church – the fivefold ministers, especially the apostles and prophets – have been predicting a change in the Church for three decades. We have been hearing words like “new wineskin,” “apostolic,” and “fivefold ministry” and these are words that indicate a church quake of undue proportions is underway. There are major changes happening in the Church and the Church needs to recognize these prophetic warnings and embrace the changes that are already beginning to happen.

In the last 15 years things have really begun to stir. In many places and in many nations we have seen people receiving what has been spoken of and revealed. And, as a result a grassroots movement has begun to take shape and gain speed and momentum. It is a spiritual awakening like no other as the Church rediscovers its roots and returns to the model that we see functioning in the New Testament. This movement promises to profoundly change our whole concept of Church.

Many titles have been given to this movement including ‘the second reformation,’ ‘a leadership revolution,’ and ‘a second apostolic age.’ I prefer to describe it as a return to normalcy. The Church has begun to make a shift, a momentous shift. And, we will see many things that are religious and/or traditional being removed from the life of the church and the daily life of the Christian as they respond to this powerful move of the Holy Spirit. Of course, some will refuse to move away from their self-deception and the belief that they are safe, secure, and comfortable right where they are.

The Early Church as seen in the Book of Acts and a number of the epistles (letters to early churches and early believers) was filled with life. But, in the year 325 and the reign of Constantine, the Roman emperor, we see the Church entering a stage of death by degrees. Slowly, gradually pagan and cultural influences were added to the first Church. As well, the involvement of the believers gradually disappeared and the rise of a professional clergy class of believers began to take place. During this time there was a gradual decline and eventually disappearance of many of the life-giving functions and aspects of the life of the early Church.

This went on for well over 1,000 years during the Medieval Church. Then, with the ministry of Martin Luther and other reformers (1560) God began to restore to His Church those things that the devil and man -the powers of darkness, religion, and tradition – stole from God’s people. This restoration will continue until all things have been restored (see Acts 3:21). For the last 500 years and more the Lord has restored many of the things that were lost and restored them in the reverse order of how they were lost. That which was lost last was first to be added back – the truth of salvation by grace through faith. So, we have reached a point where there are only a few things left to restore in their fullness…

1> The ministry of the apostle
2> Apostles and prophets working together
3> The Church becoming apostolic and prophetic – supernatural and sent out
4> The Gospel of the Kingdom being heard in every nation (people group)
5> The great harvest of souls in the end times
6> The return of Jesus

So, we are near the end of the restoration process as the Lord continues to move mightily in His Church to bring it back to a place where it is moving in supernatural power and lives are being changed and transformed daily in each and every location where there is a gathering of believers. Then, and only then, can He return.

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Nine

All over the world the Holy Spirit is speaking “change” to the Church. Change is not something that churches and church leaders usually get excited about, but nonetheless, change is happening. The Church is God’s idea and Jesus is the Head of His Church and so God is bringing change to His Church through a fresh move of the Holy Spirit. He is restoring His Church back to the biblical model or pattern and then will take us from there to a powerful end times instrument in His hands.

God is changing His Church, and I believe it is a change that must come. The Church is broken and so it is time for things in God’s house to change. The Church, in general, has lost the ability to win the lost and disciple converts. The Church is failing to accomplish its primary mission – to seek and save the lost. Statistics tell us that we are in serious trouble as a Church and that the situation is getting worse and not better.

It is not a matter of working harder or even praying harder. If you are working hard and praying hard and the results are nil. Doubling your efforts and praying and working even more will still get you nil. Two times nothing is still nothing.

It is not a matter of buildings – the early Church changed the world without owning one building.

We have the electronics; we are on the internet; we make use of television and radio. We are technologically savvy. We have more Christian books printed and circulating than ever before. And, we have tremendous leadership in most churches and nations. Men and women dedicated to seeing the Gospel of the Kingdom spread to every corner of their nations.

I believe the issue or the problem is much deeper than what we can see on the surface as we take a look at the life and ministry of the Church. The real root issue is that we are not following God’s plan.

For those who have grown up in the Church, as I have, it is easy to assume that the churches we have known are pretty much what God intended the Church to be. We assume that the traditions that have been passed down to us are helpful in our walk with the Lord. We don’t question what we do as a local church, accepting that the leaders, past and present, are following biblical patterns. We even hear many of the leaders state that they are a Bible-believing church and that they do things ‘by the book’ when really they are simply doing things the way they have always been done. This assumes that “the way things have always been done” is biblical when often it is not.

Side note: A great read on this topic is “Pagan Christianity” by frank Viola and George Barna

The truth, however, is that the Church today has very little in common with the Church that the apostles planted and that we read about in the New Testament. Church, as we have known it, is NOT what God intended. For all its hard work and commitment, today’s Church is trapped in a traditional structure passed down, generation after generation, from the Dark Ages. This old structure may have been marginally effective (although also not biblical) at one time, but it cannot bring forth what God desires to do in His Church today.

The good news is that God is changing His Church. But, each local church and leadership team needs to respond or they will simply be left out and left behind as God moves on with His plans and purpose to see the lost saved and the Kingdom touch every nation and every aspect of life.An Apostolic Understanding – Part Nine,,,,,

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Eight

As we enter into new season that has already dawned – an apostolic season where there will be a tremendous move of the Holy Spirit that will lead to many movements being formed. Many streams of new churches being built by the Biblical blueprint with all the streams flowing into one mighty river…the river Jesus spoke about in John, chapter seven that will flow from our inner most being.

As this move of the Spirit gains momentum many will begin to move out of the enemy’s camp of religion. However, as well, many will refuse to leave their religious structures. In fact, they will dig in deeper and defend them more loudly. As those who are hungry and thirsty begin to step out in faith and move with the Spirit many who are religious will not be attracted to this move of the Holy Spirit and the resulting movement. They will remain stedfast in the old place of worship and religious rule that has become a place that is safe, secure, and comfortable, or so they think.

Many others will align themselves around race and gender as opposed to coming into alignment with the mission call of the Church and the giftings that every believer has. However, this will not hinder nor defeat the new movements that will begin through those who follow the Spirit in this new apostolic season. This movement will seriously damage and even destroy the work of the devil and do serious damage to the work of religion.

For this to become a reality we will see the formation of regional churches, also known as regional apostolic centers. These will be resource centers for other smaller churches – traditional churches making the transition into the new season, house churches just being formed, and localized bible studies of hungry believers and seekers who will need help to be established in the true Christian faith.

These regional churches will have the full fivefold ministry represented in their leadership – apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, and teacher (Ephesians 4:11-12) . These are fivefold, translocation leaders that will go from place-to-place to establish believers in the truth as well as into the new move of the Spirit. They will work with, equip, and enable local leaders to flow in the Spirit and move with power as the Kingdom is brought to more and more places now in spiritual darkness.

These are exciting times to be alive and a part of the Kingdom. God has put into motion such amazing potential for the future. And, in the coming weeks we will be looking at the regional churches or apostolic centers from the New Testament and the truths we can learn from them for today’s move the Holy Spirit as we see the true Church that Jesus is building come alive and spread as we stop thinking about the next meeting and start planning for and releasing the next movement. Big difference.

 

 

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Seven

We are looking at the Church that Jesus is building. It is apostolic in nature and Kingdom focused. This led us to looking at various aspects of the Kingdom. Let’s complete that today.

So far in the last two blogs we have seen that:

1> Kingdom deals with power confirming the Word
2> The Kingdom has a fivefold ministry governmental structure
3> There is a King that all Kingdom inhabitants submit to
4> Every member is a minister and must discover their rightful place of ministry
5> The Kingdom has a culture all of its own.
6> The Kingdom is here and now upon the earth
7> God’s Kingdom is not based on worldly patterns
8> Kingdom needs to be revealed to each believer
9> You cannot delay or postpone the Kingdom
10> A Kingdom mentality will give you a “scattering” structure

11> Kingdom has a ‘presence’ mentality. Those involved seek and know the presence of God. They are not need-driven they are presence-driven. People who are Kingdom minded know that unless God’s presence is established the Church will not move forward into fulfilling it’s Kingdom mandate. You can go to church, gather, fellowship, meet people, and enjoy interacting without impacting or even influencing the future or society. Of course, you can do this in most worldly or secular events and organizations as well. For Kingdom people this is simply never enough as good as it may be. We are presence-driven.

12> The Kingdom is at war with the domain of darkness. Kingdom people understand the spiritual forces that the devil has established that oppose the advancement of the Kingdom. And, as Jesus said when speaking with the disciples of John the Baptist, “the violent take the Kingdom by force.” You cannot be passive if you want to be a part of the Kingdom and its advancement. You must by aggressive, filled with zeal, energetic, passionate, and full of life. Lethargic and apathetic status quo maintainers are not Kingdom people even though they may be church members.

So, there comes a time when wineskins change. The Lord has a day for a structure that has been in place to make a shift. The Lord initiates the season of change and we are currently in such a season. We choose if we want to be involved and be productive in the Kingdom or if we will simply sit it out and become or remain non-productive.

In this new season we will see a continuing emphasis on the ministry of the apostle and the prophet as they begin to work together more often as a team. We will see the Gospel of the Kingdom being planted in spiritually dark places where there is currently no church. We will come to understand and receive the fullness of Jesus’ ministry by welcoming the fivefold ministry that has been raised up and see the Spirit remove the solo pastor leadership style now predominant in most churches. And, we will see the return of prominent regional churches like we see in the Book of Acts in cities like Jerusalem, Antioch, Ephesus, and elsewhere.

An Apostolic Understanding – Part Six

We are looking at the Kingdom and some of the difference between the Kingdom and the current expression of the Church. Last time we examined and commented on the fact that:

1> Kingdom deals with power confirming the Word
2> The Kingdom has a fivefold ministry governmental structure
3> There is a King that all Kingdom inhabitants submit to
4> Every member is a minister and must discover their rightful place of ministry

Let’s keep moving forward in our understanding …

5> The Kingdom has a culture all of its own. Every people group has a culture and the people of the Kingdom all come from different backgrounds and cultures. But, the Kingdom also has a unique and different culture. And, if we conform to the worldly and generational culture around us we will never embrace the unique Kingdom culture. We need to understand Kingdom culture, embrace it, and then express it in the way that we live and relate to others. Thus we become a counter-culture and not just another sub-culture.

6> The Kingdom is here and now upon the earth. We have yet to experience the Kingdom in its fullness. That will happen when Jesus returns. However, we can experience the Kingdom that is currently on the earth and expanding as more people come to accept the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Kingdom is not just ‘out there’ somewhere. It has established God’s rule upon the earth and is everywhere a believer lives. We are ambassadors of that Kingdom as Paul states in 2 Corinthians 5:21. So, we need to demonstrate God’s rule in the earth realm as His ambassadors.

7> God’s Kingdom is not based on worldly patterns. As a result, it is often misunderstood and even misrepresented. Those who understand the Kingdom and are expressing Kingdom on the earth are “working out their salvation with fear and trembling.” Those who are simply church attenders are often critical of those who are moving forward and striving to make a difference for the Kingdom. Many are misunderstood.

8> Kingdom needs to be revealed to each believer. You can’t understand it simply by reading and studying the Bible. Yes, Jesus speaks a great deal about the Kingdom and uses a large number of parables to give us an indication of what the Kingdom looks like. However, to truly understand the Kingdom a believer needs to receive a revelation from God regarding His Kingdom. Kingdom has to be revealed to you.

9> You cannot delay or postpone the Kingdom. When God is ready to move, He will move. We are in such a time of change and shifting in the spirit realm. God is moving. We must stay in touch with the changes. We cannot express the Kingdom in the world in which we live every day life if we are out of touch with the changes the Spirit is making in the Kingdom. And, even when in touch with the current moves and changes in the Kingdom, a believer needs to learn how to express the Kingdom (and the changes) in the earthly domain so that non-believers can understand and receive the revelation and enter into the Kingdom.

10> A Kingdom mentality will give you a “scattering” structure. If you have a Church mentality you will work with a “gathering” mentality. A Church mentality is program-driven and will be designed to meet the needs of the people. A Kingdom mentality focuses on the expansion of the Kingdom, the scattering of workers into the harvest field, and the salvation of souls.

More next time…