Functioning Among the Ekklesia
Many of God’s people struggle with their identity in Jesus Christ and the purpose He has laid out for His Body. They feel discontent, disconnected and empty, but cannot put their finger on what exactly it is. What they do know is that they feel that they being choked off from expressing true power and love by feeling obligated to comply within a ritual structure.
True devotion to Jesus Christ is defined in His teachings and the Apostles that has united together people where ALL can express the working of the Holy Spirit within them. Scripture reveals certain guidelines for the Church’s function and its activities. Moving outside of these guidelines would allow the flesh to takeover and negate the Spirit of God moving within His people.
And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” – Luke 24:49
It is futile to initiate anything among the ekklesia until there is power from Jesus Christ to carry out what He wants us to do. Anything that deviates from this is simply soulish, or man-centered that usurps the essential component of the Holy Spirit to function. Man-centered activities and programs created to meet the needs of the people are absent of power because they miss out on the essential ingredient, the power of the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is at work, there is a sense of awe and reverence toward God. When there is a continual devotion to the teaching of Jesus Christ and His Apostles, the power of God will manifest. It is not a temporary feeling that fleets like leaving a modern “church” meeting, but something that lingers from day to day as a witness for others to see and experience. The traditions of man do not accommodate supernatural fellowship that is led by the Holy Spirit because it is a predetermined ritual meeting that promotes a certain brand of religion (denominations), which creates divisiveness of mind and purpose.
Many are longing for true fellowship with like-minded believers who truly want to be obedient to Jesus Christ, but are under the umbrella of a brand name (denomination). The moment man puts a certain label on God’s people they will not attain the experience in this verse,
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. – Acts 4:31
The tradition of division (denominations) in the modern “church” are not Biblical because it destroys the peace, harmony, power and blessing of the temple of God (His people). The temple of God (people) requires holiness. Unity together in one accord with Jesus Christ is holy. Our love for the Father is a reflection of our love for one another because we are the dwelling place of God on the earth.
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. – Acts 4:32
The Ekklesia have absolutely no self-interest. It cannot exist with it because anything man claims to possess as his own is selfishness and pride. The Holy Spirit will only manifest in unity and love that operates in the interest of others. The modern “church” believes that their “love” and “unity” is by gaining more possessions, but the ekklesia functions on power and grace.
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? – 1 John 3:17
If the love of God does not abide in us, we do not have the Holy Spirit.
Denominations are independent arrogance that seek man-made templates to replace the power of God. The Ekklesia have the power of God dwelling in and among them follows this pattern,
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. - 1 Corinthians 14 :26
I find nowhere in this verse where it says that when we come together that the professional minister of music has a song and the paid professional pastor has a word of instruction. In Corinth everyone came ready to contribute.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:16
The assembly of the Ekklesia is all about doing things for “one another,” not the exclusivity of a paid professional. Any man who has spiritual maturity is welcome to bring a message given him by the Holy Spirit. In fact, it could be more than one at any given time.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. - Romans 12:4-8
The only “gift” used in the modern “church” system is teaching through one person while everyone else must remain silent. Does this allow expression of ALL the saints? Jesus Christ died for a functioning body, not a well-oiled ritual.
IF THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES NOT SHOW UP, THERE IS NO MEETING WITH GOD.
A true meeting is a continuation of where Jesus left off in free expression that sends shock waves of glory without the attachments of the traditions of man. Songs are led by the leading of the Holy Spirit, not a salaried worship leader. What comes out of the mouths of the ekklesia are what the Holy Spirit has filled their minds, heart and mouth with. The majesty of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ fills the gathering. Everything is orchestrated by the Holy Spirit that carries them to press on as each member of His Body is allowed to function with the gifts supplied by the Holy Spirit.
There are no song books, or pre-worship hype because it is spontaneous. Nothing is geared towards personal preference, but a spontaneous response from the Holy Spirit. It is all about our gifting and love for one another, NOT about the building and the pastor.
This is the scenario of 99% of the “churches” out there; the people will spend most of their lives being the audience of a salaried pastor and giving ten percent of their money to fund something that is defunct.
So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:14-16
The Ekklesia are about a diversity of gifts who are of the same Spirit that manifest for the profit of all because the Body is one.
We are all to contribute. Worship is not about a certain order of things, or a liturgy, but an incorporation of contributions with principles and guidelines.
- Let all things be done for the building up of the ekklesia for edification and strengthening. (1 Corinthians 14:26)
- If someone speaks and there is no understanding, that person must keep quiet. (1 Corinthians 14:28)
- If a prophet speaks, the others should weigh and test carefully what is spoken. Test everything. (1 Corinthians 14:29)
- We are not to interrupt the flow of the Holy Spirit, but wait to share a complement in turn. (1 Corinthians 14:31)
- Women are to keep on remaining silent by not publicly speaking among the assembly of the ekklesia. (1 Corinthians 14:34)
- We are to do things that are spontaneously led by the Holy Spirit in a fitting and orderly way. (1 Corinthians 14:40)
The ekklesia in nature are participatory; everyone has an opportunity to contribute in some way. This is a threat to the modern “minister” whose primary job is to bring the sermon each and every Sunday, but there is no excuse in ignoring God’s Word. Men have continued to ignore God’s instructions and have invented their own customs claiming that they have originated from God’s Word.
He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? – Mathew 15:3
There are millions of “church” meetings that are not conducted according to God’s Word. It is called disobedience.
And Samuel said,
“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to listen than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22
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