Good is good all the time; but we’re not!

God is good all the time; but we humans aren’t. Let’s love each other anyway. It would be nice if church offered on the job training in hearing & obeying Jesus.

Much of Jesus’ teaching can only be learned by doing it. You don’t learn how to love or forgive or testify or encourage or pray, from lectures. You learn those things by doing them.

Don’t be a lone ranger. Follow & obey the world’s greatest pastor–the risen Jesus. To begin to cooperate with the risen Jesus (who is working in your heart) is to experience indescribable peace & freedom. Rules & authority are inadequate substitutes for cooperation with the Holy Spirit.

The more we humbly express our love & our spiritual insights, the closer we get to God & to one another. Open, Spirit-led sharing releases amazing caring & the heart felt bearing of one another’s burdens.

When Christians meet to minister to one traininganother, they begin to experience the Holy Spirit’s on the job training. Holy Spirit led, interactive workshops, provide hands on training in living out Jesus’ teachings.

To hear to Jesus speaking through a group of His followers, humbly sharing their hearts, is to taste of Heaven.

People appreciate the gift of being able to share from their heart with others. The body of Christ is connected at the heart. Let’s take the time to experience & cultivate that deep connection with one another.

If you feel like you’re standing still, at least your still standing! Be encouraged and take a step in a positive direction.

Don’t get stuck in hurt. Get stuck in passion for Jesus! When you’re hurt & don’t understand, humbly stand “under God’s mighty hand so that in due time He may exalt you.” 1 Peter 5:6

Hurt is a call to find comfort and healing in Jesus. The echo of pain that pierces your heart will soon fade away, if it’s not amplified by anger.

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(Road to Reformation Day #500, Oct.31) 95 Theses #10: Receive all who have a heart to follow Christ, as brothers and sisters.

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For the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation — 95 Theses 4 Reformation #9: Drop the terms “clergy’ & “laity.”

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Have we systematized Christ’s symphony?

Jesus wants to conduct His symphony through an orchestra of ordinary people that the Bible calls, the body of Christ. Church gives the risen Jesus more opportunities to be the Conductor when everybody present is free to speak as prompted by His Spirit.

Systematization is great for human productivity, but when applied to religion, it can easily hinder the Holy Spirit. God wants to revitalize what we’ve systematized. Will we let Him?

Solos are good. However, many people sharing & testifying as Christ’s symphony makes a fuller sound.

No one man can fully present God’s symphony. It takes an orchestra of Christ-followers, obeying the Spirit together, to play it. Every believer is an instrument in Christ’s symphony. Let’s meet together as His orchestra & let Him be the director!

I’ve been to several support groups recently. I love how they go beyond systematization and allow spontaneous, open sharing! To mobilize Christians to be bold for Christ in daily life, train them to speak out boldly in the safe environment of worship.

In the New Testament, there is no “call to conform” to a system. We are called to be transformed by the living, resurrected
Jesus Christ. The best way to learn to follow Jesus is to go beyond systems and just begin to follow Jesus.

In the body of Christ, leaders are called to train ordinary people to minister so the body of Christ can mature. (See Ephesians 4:11-13) To grow into the mature body of Christ, we (believers) need to learn to speak the truth in love. (See Ephesians 4:15) How can the body of Christ mature if the members are
kept passive & dependent on one special person to do all the ministry?

Being sincerely listened to by a group of people who genuinely care about you is life-changing! Sometimes a Christian just needs to talk & have others in the body of Christ listen with love. Support groups do it! Why not churches?

Sermon-centered church is almost universal, however, the Bible also allows open, Spirit-led sharing. (1 Corinthians 14:26) If it was a good thing to reform church 500 years ago, perhaps it is also a good thing to go beyond church as usual nowadays.

If people aren’t being deeply transformed by the way we do church, perhaps we could find more effective ways to do it. “God is decreeing to begin some new & great period in His church, even to the reforming of the Reformation itself.” -John Milton

Reformation searches for more effective ways to demonstrate the living Jesus & make Him known so ordinary people can follow Him. Is the Bible warning of, a form of godliness without power, still relevant? (2 Timothy 3:5)

If church isn’t as powerful in the 21st Century as it was in the 1st Century, perhaps we’re missing something. “What is a man born for but to be a reformer?” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

To truly celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017), we need to open up to present-day reform. Shall we?

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Oct. 31 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Here are my “95 Theses 4 Reformation” #8: “Meet according to 1 Cor. 14:26.”

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For the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (Oct. 31), I’m posting my own “95 Theses 4 Reformation.” Here’s #7: Allow the Holy Spirit, Himself, to personally lead and control church meetings.

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Onward to 95 Theses 4 Reformation (#6): Practice “the priesthood of the believer” by allowing all to share during church.

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