The Catherine Booth 4-Part Challenge

The Catherine Booth 4-Part Challenge (From her book Papers Practical on Practical Religion.)

1)  Break out of the standardized church pattern imposed by tradition and routine. Catherine Booth said:  “Churches have stereotyped forms, refusing to come down from the routine of our forefathers, although this routine has ceased to be attractive to the people, nay, in many instances is the very thing that drives them away.”

2) Allow people to listen to the Spirit’s promptings and obey His leadings during church meetings.  Catherine said:  “Oh, how much the Lord’s people lose through disobedience to the leadings of the Spirit!”

3)  Encourage and let people openly and honestly share from their heart during worship meetings.  Catherine said:  “So greatly does God delight in honesty of heart in His people that He never fails to give the power of the Spirit to those who exercise it (honesty of heart).”

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4)  Let church meetings be actively led and directed by the living, resurrected Jesus Christ rather than by a man, a program, or traditions.  Catherine said:  “People need to be brought into contact with a living Christ.”

 

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America’s Terrible Intolerance To Certain Sexual Views

Is America tolerant?

How is it that a society that prides itself on “tolerance” is so intolerant of people who believe in sexual purity — who don’t believe in casual or unmarried sex? We are teased, insulted, mocked, bullied, pressured, misrepresented, intimidated into silence, and continually assaulted by opposing belief systems. Our views aren’t even represented in TV or movie characters.  When have you ever seen married sex portrayed in a movie? Our views are only shown in mockery (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” for instance, or the stern Mrs. Kim in “Gilmore Girls” who seems to abhor the idea of sex, calling it “terrible things”). So where is the “tolerance” in that?

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Why do so many people who self-righteously proclaim themselves to be “tolerant” randomly condemn people (and things) to Hell by throwing around the word “damn”?

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Live Like Hell? Or March Into Hell For A Heavenly Cause?

Why live like Hell when you can have a life of peace, joy, love and contentment?

When the inner me runs wild, I become my enemy.  When I let Christ control me, I experience His glory.  Activism can sometimes change laws, but only the Spirit of God can convince people of their own injustice and wrong doing and release justice and righteousness in their heart.

When people become aware of and begin to talk about what Christ is doing in their life, they get excited about Him! Then they will want to march into Hell for a heavenly cause! Try it and see.

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There is no gag rule in the Bible. There is nothing that says that ordinary Christ-followers must sit quietly and listen to a professional in church meetings. In fact, the Bible says just the opposite. It says that if the Spirit gives you something to say, it is alright to interrupt the speaker. The Bible says “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,” and “Shout it from the housetops.”

Business speakers and management consultants are advocating participatory meetings. Why shouldn’t the church use the most effective methods of communication?

The Bible presents God’s past Presence working through people in the past.  Spirit-led, participatory church presents God’s present-day Presence working through people in the present.  We need both!

Step into the world of participatory church, every Sunday morning @ 10:45 @ The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.

 

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Fresh Ideas In The Salvation Army

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Recently I heard retired Salvation Army leader, Commissioner Israel Gaither, speak. (He is the former International Chief of Staff & the former National Commander in the USA.) Commissioner Gaither confirmed several things that God has been speaking to me the past few years:

1) He confirmed participatory church. In some sessions, rather than just speaking to us, he asked us to listen to the God and allowed us to share what the Spirit is saying to us.  Those sessions were very powerful!  The Spirit moved so strongly that one meeting went overtime and we had to cancel the closing song.  (You can experience participatory church with us at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee, where everyday people show and tell what God has done — Sunday mornings @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., 37207.)

2) Commissioner Gaither confirmed prayer walking and claiming a neighborhood for Christ!  He said:  “”Take a walk in the neighborhood around your corps and claim it for God. I dare you! In fact, I double dare you!  Let Jesus reign where you are!”  (Check out this Facebook page:  Prayer Walking With The Salvation Army Flag . . . )

3) He confirmed that we all need to think big, to expect big things from God, to have a big vision for our lives.  He said: “When you begin to believe the lie of ‘I can’t,’ then you won’t.”

4) He confirmed that everyday people are eloquent and can speak for God.  Commissioner Gaither exhorted us:  “You can all speak prophetically!”

Several years ago I met Commissioner Gaither and told him the story of how John Berry McFerrin (who died in 1887) seemed to prophesy about our nontraditional corps in Nashville. Then I said to him: “That could have been a coincidence or it could have been God.”

Commissioner Gaither pointed his finger at me and prophetically said:  “That was no coincidence.  That was God!”  Since then, anytime I’ve started to doubt the vision that God has given me, I’ve remembered those words and been greatly encouraged!  This week when I reminded Commissioner Gaither about that, he said.  “I remember that conversation.  I still believe that!”

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Just Say No! (Is that enough?)

Just say go!  “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”

Just say grow!  “You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Just say lo!  “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the of the world.”

Just say flow!  “Out of your inner most being shall flow rivers of living water.”

Just say so!  “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.”

Just say low!  “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Just say slow!  “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Just say show!  “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Just say glow!  “Let your light shine before men.”

Just say woe!  “Woe to you when all men speak well of you.”

Just say know!  “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”

Just say no!  “Say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions.”

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It is unreasonable to expect everybody to agree with what we believe, say, and do. However, life works better if we show love rather than hostility to those who disagree with us.

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