Church Jesus’ Way- Part 3, A Summary

What God has ordained who can alter or destroy? He has created the vast sea and formed its boundaries. Who is it that can overrule God and declare that disciples and the church are something He never intended? The Lord has called his disciples to crush Satan and his church to tear down the gates of hell. If all the pastors together oppose what Jesus taught, will that change the divine plan? Success stopping the great sea’s rolling waves is more probable than altering one part of God’s definitions for disciple and church.

Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13b ESV)

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of this age.” -Jesus, (Matthew 28:19)

The above unequivocally pronounces God’s will, thus his people have two opportunities to display their allegiance to their King. Two principles identify true believers: Reverential fear and full obedience. These are confirmed throughout the Bible, so why are teachers reluctant to drum the fear of God and obedience into our head? Are either optional?

In Luke 10:1-21, the followers of Jesus heeded his instructions. Even though they were like lambs in the midst of wolves (10:3), the disciples learned that rewards are theirs for doing things Jesus’ way. Their names are written in the Book of Life. They witnessed miracles. They saw demons flee. They experienced rejoicing (10:17-20). Perhaps their biggest thrill was seeing pure joy in Jesus’ face (Luke 10:21).

The disciples received a blueprint for going out into the world and building the visible church of God on earth. Generations of disciples later, the borders of Christianity had expanded far and wide in every direction. Satan was in full retreat. Then he launched a counter-attack well-behind the front lines. In the early fourth century, Roman Emperor Constantine the Great altered the definition of Christ-follower and of the church. A disciple became a loyal attender of the brick and mortar building called the church. Leaders were appointed. With the Emperor’s edict that Christianity was the state religion, peace was declared. Everyone could return home to live their life, yet is anyone aware of a peace treaty between God and Satan? The idea is ludicrous. Their sides have been at war since before the earth was formed.

Man changed the Lord’s blueprint. Kingdom expansion stopped. In “Christianized” Europe, the dark ages of ignorance and superstition descended. With the exception of the evangelistic efforts of a few, the pattern of Luke 10 was forsaken. The world was to enter through the front door of the church, rather than the church penetrate the world.

Jesus’ command to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations fell on deaf ears. What we have inherited is not really Christianity but Churchianity. The latter focuses on a building, numbers of attenders and budgets instead of Christianity, which is all about making disciples of all nations.

The time is coming when those who claim to be disciples must yield to God, and do what he commands, or be exposed. Those refusing to leave the warm, cozy confines of the building risk Jesus’ rebuke. He cannot be pleased if we ignore his Great Commission, are declared missing in action and fail to join the other disciples (the church) on the front line.

Is this the reason for Christ’s surprise rejection in Matthew 7? 

“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (7:21-24)

Never forget that it is God’s definitions that count, not man’s. It really is church Jesus’ way or its the highway.

2 Replies to “Church Jesus’ Way- Part 3, A Summary

  1. Pastor, this series has been terrific and it is what we as the body of CHRIST must do. Isaiah 7:9 tells us that if we do not stand firm in the faith, we will not stand at all. Many will bow in reverence to the antichrist because they do not know the WORD of JESUS. We will all stand before GOD one day. Even believers will be held accountable to the jobs YHWH has called us to do. There are consequences for disobedience.

    One thing I encourage at Bible Studies and prayer group is that since we do not know when our last breath is, we have to make the most out of every opportunity God gives us. I asked the question: ” How would you feel if you stood before God and the last opportunity you had to serve HIM was a failed opportunity on account of disobedience?”

    Our candidate weekend for our prospective pastor is June 6-8. The elders were gathering up the questions to be asked. The question and answer forum will be on June 7th. Here is my question and I have my doubts as to whether or not it will be used.

    ” If the Holy Spirit chooses you to be Pastor, how will you prepare and encourage the congregation to remain steadfast in light of the increasing evil of these last days?”

    The Christian walk is about the following: pressing onward as we endure patiently, living in obedience to GOD and pursuing and proclaiming the TRUTH (which is JESUS).

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