Online we see many new brands of Christianity coming out, each with a new idea, emphasis, crowd and proponent. As with all things new, something new has to come alone sooner or later to replace it, when the new finally gets old and no longer works.
For those who preach Jesus, the gospel is something we cannot change, unless we of course desire to be a heretic! So let’s take the hassle out of brainstorming, leadership meetings, solution finding forums and building innovative modules and do ministry God’s way. The gospel works when its his gospel. the moment we own it, we can change it and then it ceases to be truth.
Moses as told to build a tent according to God’s pattern, David Too was to told to build a tabernacle according to God’s pattern. Peter had the keys and that too was built the church according to pattern (Ex25:8,9 Chron 28:19). Pattern as in architects blueprint. pattern “hupographo” a underwriting or a written copy, as in a child tracing over the lines of an original which cannot be improved or modified. The first thing we learn to do as kids is trace that which is “original” that’s why we as God’s men, preach or copy that which is original. The faith that once was delivered is delivered once and for all (Jude 3) delivered once for all time.
If God was so concerned about having a tent built to divine pattern how much more so is he concerned about having his church built according to divine pattern!. Allow me to over-simplify that pattern in a few words. “The salvation as in book of Acts and the apostles doctrine.” The church built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets. The things Jesus began (Acts 1:1 Acts 2:42) It’s all there for us. No need to improve on it because nothing that has been done since that has been better. That’s why you don’t have to be an innovator to be a preacher or cutting edge to build a church. If you can follow suite, you qualify!
The challenge of today’s pastors is not to find what will work but to go back to that which has not failed.
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