Witnesses to truth, not approvers of error

Jesus calls us to be witness to His truth, not just to passively agree with others. Paul put it this way: “Speaking the truth in love.” Christ-followers aren’t called to give approval to others, but to lovingly and boldly speak truth.

It’s dangerous to speak approvingly about things you believe are morally wrong. Ignoring your conscience to offer approval to others is not wise.

Christ’s ekklesia produced writings that were brought together as the New Testament. Today we need to follow, obey, and proclaim the truth contained in those writings!

So how can Christ-followers grow the courage to resist the politically correct concept of approving of everything and everybody? We need to focus on the Bible & the body of Christ — the writings of the first Christ-followers and body ministry. When Christ’s body meets to be led by His Presence & guided by the Bible, miracles happen. If Christ-followers will begin to minister to one another; we’ll see a mighty move of God. The “let the preacher do it” mentality causes us to depend on one man rather than on God.

However, the body of Christ functions (according to 1 Corinthians 12:7-14) like this:  “To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” Therefore let’s meet & do what the Bible says: “encourage one another & build each other up.” (See 1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Ephesians 4:16 shows how the body of Christ grows by each person actively participating, not just being spectators. It says that Christ’s body “grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

Beyond church as a one-man show is the body ministry of “one anothering.” Ekklesia asks what has God said in Scripture & what is He saying to us now? Thus, body ministry develops mature Christians by letting them hear God and then minister to one another as they are led by His voice. This begins to grow their faith and confidence to the point where they no longer conform to the world, but instead begin to speak God’s truth in love as bold witness of the risen Jesus; both living out and proclaiming the Bible. (Learn more at this link.)

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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