TIDAL WAVE!

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I hope and pray that you will watch these videos in its entirety.  It will definitely impact yourlife….. it is worth it!  Would you please pass this on so that the body is blessed AND encouraged!!!

Tidal Wave gives an insider’s view of the worldwide phenomenon known as simple church. From living rooms to coffee shops, offices to parking lots, under trees in Africa and underground in China, these new expressions of the body of Christ are rapidly multiplying around the world.

DISCIPLESHIP??? REALLY???

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As I look at Christendom today my heart is burdened for the ecclesia (church) and the lack of re al gr owth; not in numbers (quantity) but in maturity (quality).  What is one of the greatest needs of the body of Christ today?  It is my conviction that we are desperately lacking in real disciples and real disciple-making (discipleship).

We live in a revolving door experience of Christianity.  As fast as believers are “joining” a “church” down the street, an equal amount is quietly slipping out the back door.  The modern day church or what I like to call the institutionalized church has as its focus the building of its organization, i.e. increased numbers.  But what is God’s heart’s desire?

Our Father desire’s is the building up of the individual as he or she functions as part of His body.  This is called discipleship (quality), and this can only occur as members of the Family of God experience life together as life “happens”.  The natural result of real discipleship (healthy body) is the adding to the ecclesia (quantity). Here is merely one example of God’s heart:

for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. – Eph 4:12-13

I’ve been reading a book entitled Houses That Change the World by Wolfgang Simson.  This is a fantastic book regarding “The return of the house churches.”  In this book on page 208 he takes a look at recapturing real discipling which can be seen as empowering others rather than exploiting others:

How to empower others: How to exploit others:
let them function give them functions
believe in them make them believe in you
delegate authority require submission
further God’s plan for them make them part of your plans
invest in them use them
love them and say so love the task more than the people
give them what you have take what they have
discuss with them preach at them
spend time freely with them require appointments
give them the keys now hold back until you retire
serve them let them serve you
praise them accept their praise graciously
transfer masterhood to them demonstrate masterhood to them

So, after reading the above list, we must ask ourselves, “Are we really discipling &/or being discipled?”  It is my desire to see the individual members of the body of Jesus begin to, “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18a.

What will be the result real discipleship?  What will our experience be?

A healthy vibrant body of Jesus…..here and now!!!

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. –  Eph.  4:14-16

Oh, may we begin to function as HIS body today under HIS headship, and thereby be true disciples!!!

I would love to hear YOUR input or perspective and/or feedback.