will the Final Move of God Look Like?
A Quest for God;
Introduction to the Gospel Without Religion
at Another Kind
of Christian Fellowship
form of Christian fellowship and worship
described here is no doubt different
from your traditional religious experience.
It is nonetheless Scriptural, modeled
after the Teachings of Paul in all his
epistles. Koinonia (fellowship)
is the hallmark of the Christian gathering.
Biblical koinonia or home churches is
being rediscovered. Typically church
house meetings in denominational Christianity
lacks any more than token participation
of the body of believers. This familiar
form of denominational Christianity
is guided and controlled by credentialed
leaders or overseers, generally called
the priests or pastors. Tradition has
made credentialed, and formally trained
men that preside over a congregation
in a formalized or programmatic kind
can presume, based on all the truth
of NT Scripture, that each believer
has a place, a gift and a essential
role to play in the Kingdom of God.
The Lord Jesus is the rule and the authority
of any Ecclessia. Where the body gathers
Christ Jesus is the invited and welcomed
participant. The need for grounded and
mature members is of course imperative.
Without the depth of knowledge of the
Word of God there would be the real
possibility of departing from the faith
and falling into apostasy.
Knowledge of the Bible and experience
in matters of the Spirit must be present
for accountablility and oversight -
without becoming an autocratic leader.
The Scriptural model of the gifts given to individuals in the body and manner of intimate fellowship (Koinonia) is found in Romans Ch.12; 1 Corinthians Chs. 12, 14; 1 Peter 4:10.
This is an introduction to a collection of Christian commentaries entitled "The Gospel Without Religion" which best captures its focus and intent. It is based upon my own Spiritual revelations of and in the liberating promises of Scripture.
I came to a better understanding of the "Gospel" only after becoming a "believer." I had experienced God in his love and forgiveness in my own life, encountering God and being 'born of the Spirit' in 1981. I was amazed and also a little dismayed that the simplicity and truth of the power of Jesus' Gospel was never presented clearly from the pulpit of the Spiritually impoverished denomination I grew up with. I was not taught that the Gospel had spiritual dimensions and more importantly that Jesus had the power to change lives.
Knowledge of these same Bible truths are still either virtually unknown or unpracticed by many of the tradition- bound teachings of thousands of supposedly Christian "churches" throughout the world.
first, the paradigm of worldly wisdom;
The Holy One through his wisdom has made it nearly impossible for the strong, the wise, the self sufficient, the noble, the well-off of this world to know the truth. To advance in the knowledge of God we must first recognize our desperate need and our inadequacies. We must become "needy" and "poor" and be made small like a child in order to enter in at this gateway of truth and the "Kingdom of God."
second, the paradigm of religious wisdom;
The third paradigm of Truth is a belief and experience revealed by the power of the Spirit whom we call the Holy Spirit. The new covenant actually provides us a teacher. The Holy Spirit is given only through Christ Jesus to each believer who seeks it. Through the Spirit we are enabled to become disciples (children of God) to know the ways of God which were once totally alien to us. It is a token investiture of heaven, the Kingdom or God, or Divinity. And it is freely given as a gift who seek the higher life of God on earth.
believer, in the Holy Spirit paradigm, requires
no priests or intermediaries though whom we access
God. We are all called upon to be first disciples
(learners) then, guides, mentors and eventually
mature. There is so much richness, depth and revelation
within the Bible, the Word of Truth, that no disciple
or teacher can exhaust the depths of its glory.
The object of the Spiritual life is to continuously
grow in the knowledge of Christ Jesus the Messiah.
Discipleship is a very real priority. New born babes
require milk but it must be pure and free of taint
or else it will spoil the life and maturity of the
believer. Year after year of studying the Word and
seeking Jeshua, Jesus and the wise counsel of matured
gifts of the body of Christ bring each of us into
greater understanding. Understanding and the expression
of Godliness are the principle things.
Not forsake the gathering of yourselves together,
and even more as you see the day
'Even more so - -"
Although the obvious and assumed meaning would
be to continue faithful in church attendance
and not to neglect obedience to the God focused
To be: United in Spirit and purpose - knowing the reality of Jesus as Savior; and having fellowship with God through Him and giving glory to God. After any person is reborn spiritually, they become part of one heavenly family who share the gift of God.
The Scriptural model
of intimate corporate fellowship (Koinonia)
is found in
in the knowledge of God as a Disciple
For any wishing to investigate the practice of active discipleship,
you may click on the link below. The e-book is called
"The Disciples Handbook"