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By: Pastor Bob PaquetReadburn Gospel Assembly
Part 1: KNOWING AND OBEYING GODRef: A Fresh Breeze is
Blowing (Adapted from New Wine Skins)
By Nate Krupp,
Preparing The Way, Publishers, Salem,
I believe God is
saying, "For 1,700 years you have done it
your way. Now you are going to do it My way." This new
move of God is characterized by the
serving God to knowing God.An intimate
– yada – yada”
Genesis 4:1 And
Adam knew (yada)
Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare
Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from
2. From a Gospel of "easy-believism" to the
Gospel of the Kingdom.
From “making a
decision” from “accepting Jesus as Lord” to
preaching "the Gospel of the Kingdom"
Galatians 2:20 "I
been crucified with Christ; and it is no
longer I who live, but Christ lives in
me; and the life which I now live in the
flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me, and delivered Himself up
the efforts of man to the works of God.
We must learn to
"do God's work in God's way." The days of
putting out a sign, starting some programs,
and conducting services to do God's work are
4. From insecure, wounded
people to people made whole by Jesus Christ.
"salvation" means soundness, deliverance,
wholeness. Jesus wants
to heal us and set us free - body, soul,
and spirit - to live a life of total
5. From being told by man what
to do to learning to hear God's voice and
doing what He tells you to do.
For too long we
have gotten our revelation and guidance
clergy-dominated services and programs to
mutually-participating communities of
We are used to
attending "a church" and participating in "a
service" led by "the minister, clergy, or
We need to
to share their lives with each other in
church and in our homes. (Acts -47).
(1 Corinthians14:26, Ephesians 4:15-16,
Hebrews 10:23-25). (1
Corinthians, chapters 12-14).Train – Equip –
Release THE SAINTS!!!
one-man leadership to team, servant
Christians worked in teams: Jesus sent the
twelve and seventy out in pairs; Paul always
had associates (Barnabas, Silas, Timothy,
Titus, Priscilla and Aquila,
etc.) working with him; (Acts 14:23,
20:17-32, 1Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1
Today God is
loudly calling His Church back to the simple
patterns of the Early Church where those in
leadership walk in humility (1 Peter 5:5-6),
work in teams, are submitted to one another
(Ephesians 5:21), are servants (Matthew
20:25-28), and are coaches, releasing all
others into ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).
8. From being "meeting"
oriented to being "relationship" oriented.
God doesn't care
how many meetings we attend - or don't
attend! He is concerned about
Let's put a
priority on one-to-one and time together.
our church services to be times of building
relationships with God and with one another.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one
another, and pray for one another, so that
you may be healed. The effective prayer of
a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16
gathering in church buildings to gathering
erected any buildings and He never said
anything to His disciples about erecting
Christians gathered in their homes (Acts
2:46, 5:42,11:12-14, 12:12, 16: 40, Romans
16:5,16:2; 1 Corinthians 16:19,Colossians
4:14, Philemon 2)
looking inward to looking outward.
It is easy for all
of us to become involved in our own lives
and forget others. (Matthew 25:31-46).
further exhorts us to not look out just for
our own interests, but also for the
interests of others (Philippians 2:4)..Take
the offensive, begin to function as an army,
and go out to evangelize the world, trample
on the devil, and take this world back from
him and deliver it to Jesus. God
is looking for soldiers!
11. God is calling His Church
afresh to be deeply involved in:
a. evangelism -
taking the Gospel to every person in your
b. missions -
seeing the Gospel taken to the yet 12,000 unreached people
c. social justice
- seeing the oppressed of earth - the
refugees, the homeless, the poor, the
disadvantaged, the minorities, the
oppressed, the disfranchised - have a chance
to live productive, wholesome lives.
d. all of society
under Lordship of Christ - seeing every
segment of society - the home, the schools,
government, banking, business and industry,
the media, the arts, sports, etc. - called
to return to a Biblical foundation and
brought under the rulership
of the living Lord Jesus Christ.
big, expensive programs of evangelism to the
simple, Spirit-led witness of "the little
God is emphasizing
that the world will be evangelized by the
simple, Spirit-led witness of every day
people who love Jesus with all of their
hearts - sharing Him by life and word
everywhere they go.
the subjugation of women to a release of
women as equal partners in the Kingdom
Based upon a look
at all of Scripture, women are increasingly
being released to be fully and freely led by
God's Spirit to manage their home (Titus
2:5), to be fully involved in the life and
ministry of the Church (Acts 2:17-18)
financial "sloppiness" and cover-up to
financial integrity, accountability, and
The Body of Christ
and the world recently have
seen a major example of financial
mismanagement, cover-up, and fraud
denominations to "the church of a city".
There exists today over
20,000 denominations and many more Christian
In the New
Testament we find that all of the believers
in a given city were identified as "the
church in (that city)," i.e., "the church in
(Acts 8:1), "the church in Ephesus"
(Revelation 2:1), etc.
being related to one another
organizationally to being related to one
another in the Kingdom
. God is bonding people of
various backgrounds and affiliations
together for His own purposes. We need to be
open to these divine connections, allow
these relationships to develop as the Spirit
leads, and be used by God as He would
IS NOT ABOUT RELIGION OR DENOMINATIONS OR
TRADITIONS. IT IS ABOUT KNOWING AND LOVING
ONE ANOTHER AS CHRIST LOVED US THAT WE MAY
BE HIS SERVANTS AND NOT THE SERVANTS OF MAN.