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"The church as we know it today seems a million miles from the New Testament church. That may be a great generalization, but I will stand on it. There is a gulf between our average Christianity and the church of New Testament that makes the Grand Canyon look like a cavity in someone's tooth." Leonard Ravenhill

 

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, ...how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing." Matt 23:37

The House Church Connection:
The house church movement. Bringing the people back to the house to where they can find their place in God.

Who we are...
I like the way Wayne Jacobson defines it: "Body life is where a local group of people chooses to walk together for a bit of the journey by cultivating close friendships and learning how to listen to God together."

Though we certainly are aware of the magnitude of the problems with the institutional system of church, we are in search of its authentic experience and expression. Much of our accomplishments are starting from scratch, propelled by hunger, in search for more. We are more than an experiment, we are His and He is leading us forward. Often His leading comes with conflict, but to those who are humble and patient, He comes with fresh and further revelation of Himself and our part and participation in Him... the church. We do not cry for more people to attend, we cry for more of Him to show up and express Himself through us, to build us and make us one. No, we are not the answer on the earth, but we press toward the mark, the high calling in Christ Jesus. We look for the day when we will lay down our independent churches, and for His one church and for the sake of His glory, we will become one. For now, we can enjoy our part, but without the whole we are limiting His power. We pray God will raise up His remnant and they will be a glorious church without wrinkle and spot.

"We must have a new reformation. There must come a violent break with the irresponsible, amusement-mad paganized pseudo-religion which passes today for the faith of Christ and which is being spread all over the world by unspiritual men employing unscriptural methods to achieve their ends."
A.W. Tozer

An interesting note about the title "Christian"
It was the unbelievers that first called the disciples "Christians." What the world saw in those early disciples was a Christ-like character and power. Would the world today call the Christians in America "Christians" had the word not already been established? Would they see us like Jesus in character and power? It saddens me to hear the world now calling us .. hypocrites! I am afraid we have a name that we are alive, but dead. Let us examine the reasons for this falling away.

What you believe, rules you.
We often read what we already believe, instead of believing what we read. As we read the scriptures, we see our particular brand of church or Christianity. This kind of thinking can be dangerous when God is moving the church into change. With an open mind we must begin to simply see what God's word has to say about all we are presently believing..... eternity is hinged on it.

Read the letter to the seven churches in the book of Revelation and ask yourself this question, "Where do I fit in?" Are you hot for Jesus?

What is your Paradigm?
Our paradigm, or model as it is often called, is the American church shrouded in luxury, ease, programs, and entertainment. For nearly 1900 years the church has been on a downward spiral, with only patches of truth recovered. Bit by bit we have compromised until we have what we see today. Tozer once said, "Every time we compromise, we lose power with God." We are so removed from the New Testament model, one would think we are living by a different bible than that of the New Testament church. If you sense that something is wrong and you feel a hunger for something real, I encourage you to read these articles and search the links provided. Andy



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