Repentance

It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.–Kenich Ohmae

Does God Care How We Do Church? “Does it matter to God how we serve Church, or are we free to do Church as we see fit?” “Are there boundaries or limits that we dare not violate by the way we do Church?”, “How serious an offense is it if we ignore or set aside the teachings of scripture which instructs us as to how we serve church? The Holy Spirit is awaking the Church to place Christ as head of the Church and restore authentic New Testament practices and principles.

The Greek word for “Repentance” is metanoia, and means “change of mind.” I have been pondering about this on the subject of biblical community and have come to the conclusion that most of us have adopted a world philosophy of community life. We need to change our thinking, to recover what it means to gather together and not as individual consumers. The Church is a “holy nation,” a community redeemed by the blood of Christ who come together in mutual submission to Jesus as Lord. Unlike other religions, Christ calls us into a relationship with Him and others that he has “called out.” Within this community we begin to nurture our life together, forming authentic community that looks more like Christ and not like the world. Spiritual growth is impossible to do alone and the assumption of the New Testament is that we are walking out our faith with others or discipleship apart from the Church.

The “one another’s” of the New Testament describe what the Church should look like when believers gather in authentic community.

Romans 12:5, “In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”