Revisiting Order In The Church

Revisiting Order In The Church

Sunday Message Summary, 27 June 2021

GOD does nothing without order. The real church of Jesus is organized, having apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, who are God-appointed, God-anointed, God-released, and God-commissioned, to shepherd, guide and instruct the church (Ephesians 4:11 AMP). As a result, there is no confusion in the true church of Jesus Christ, because there are no charlatans nor imposters. As Christians, we all have need for shepherds who will guide, counsel, instruct, correct, and discipline us. We cannot defy God’s processes and expect Him to bless us, because every miracle of GOD is preceded by order. Before GOD can move, there must be order in the church and our individual lives.

Sometimes it becomes necessary that before there is order, there must be rebuke, however those who rebuke are those in positions of authority (Titus 2:15). GOD dispenses discipline through apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers that He Himself has ordained. To rebuke is to expose and correct a wrong, and to discipline if needs be. The true GOD teaches the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living (2 Timothy 3:16 GNB). To grow healthy spiritually as believers, there must be a balance between encouragement and correction in our lives. As Christians, we cannot grow on motivation and encouragement alone, and we will never come to a point where we are fully qualified, unless we take a full diet of the Word, lest our growth be stunted or unbalanced. Lack of a balanced spiritual diet of exhortation, teaching, instruction, correction, and discipline, accounts for the erratic, unpredictable lives that most believers are living today, when our lives must be predictable, moving from faith to faith, from glory to glory. In Christianity we are told what to do and what not to do, and while no discipline or correction is pleasant, it is necessary.

Without apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, we will not move rhythmically together and easily with one another (Ephesians 4:11-13 MSG). The words that they speak are the Word of God and ought to be obeyed. Dysfunction in the church is brought about by disobedience, stubbornness, and rebellion, so there must be order, submission, and authority.  In the Kingdom of God, we must not assume, but we must seek teaching, instruction, guidance, and counsel from those that GOD has duly appointed and anointed to lead us, because we will never reach a spiritual level where we know everything. To be a Christian is to follow, but to follow and to serve Jesus will cost us self, and we need to deny ourselves (Luke 9:23). What needs to be broken in us is self-will and attitude (mindset), because there is no spiritual transformation as long as the self-will and mindset remain intact. We must die to what we want and be alive to what GOD wants.

Most of us are church members, but we are not submitted to our churches. To be a Christian is to follow, to be told and not to tell. A kingdom operates on giving and receiving orders, and the Kingdom of God functions entirely on the Word of God. When it comes to the Kingdom and the Word of God, faith and obedience are inseparable and sacrosanct, so for most believers, the key issue is not faith in the Word, but obedience.

To grow healthy spiritually as believers, there must be a balance between encouragement and correction in our lives.

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