- Religion and Philosophy
Functioning Among the Ekklesia
Many people are struggling with their identity in Christ and the purpose he has laid out for them. 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 are being choked into complying to a structured ritual.
True devotion to Christ is defined in his teachings. It is about being united in one spirit with the Father through Christ where we have the freedom to express the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Scripture reveals certain guidelines for the ekklesia to function properly. Moving outside of them will allow men to be in control instead of Christ.
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 Holy Spirit to carry out what God wants you to do. Anything that deviates from this will focus on man being in control in an agenda that usurps the essential component of doing things that are Spirit led. All the man-driven activities, programs and liturgies are futile endeavors because man is the guide instead of the Holy Spirit.
When the Spirit is at work, it will always create a sense of awe and reverence towards God by what Christ has done. There is a continual devotion to Kingdom principles. It is not about focusing on a temporal feelings that are fleeting, but having an eternal mindset.
The traditions of man will not accommodate a supernatural fellowship of brethren by the leading of the Holy Spirit where Christ is the head because it demands a predetermined ritual controlled by man.
There are a remnant of called out ones who are are in true fellowship with like-minded believers who want to be obedient to Christ, rather than heeding to the whims of church hirelings.
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
Man's traditions desire to destroy temples of the Holy Spirit for the building up of man-made temples.
The ekklesia have absolutely no self-interest. They give all the glory to God by what Christ has done operating in love and service to others.
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
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
Many seek after man-made religious templates and replace the power of God in their lives for their own self-interests.
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
Having freedom in Christ does not desire, or require the dictates of professional minister of music telling them what and how to sing, or a listening to a self-appointed hireling who is deemed the sole mouthpiece.
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 serving one another with the gifts God has given them.
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 counterfeit church system is through the one man show who does not accommodate, or allow the expression of the Holy Spirit in all the the brethren. Christ died for freely functioning body the only he is building, not a well-oiled denominational ritual.
What Christ has done in the lives if his followers is a free expression that sends shock waves of glory to our Father in heaven devoid of having any attachments to the traditions of man. They are led by the the Holy Spirit, not a hireling. What comes out of the mouths of those among the ekklesia are what the Holy Spirit has filled their minds, heart and mouths with. Everything is orchestrated by the Holy Spirit as each of the brethren are encouraged to utilize their gifts.
Being led by the Spirit is not geared towards personal preferences, but about walking in obedience to the will of the Father
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 remnant with diversity of gifts who are of the same Spirit united in walking in the principles of the Kingdom of God anyplace, anywhere and at any time.
We are all called to contribute in an orderly fashion.
- 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)
- 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. This is a threat to the modern minister who desires to be in control.
He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? – Mathew 15:3
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