Sunday, 9 October 2016

If You Want to be 'Messianic'...

Some marks of a true, fully Messianic movement:

1. Outsiders remark how loving its members are towards one another (John 13:35); towards outsiders they are non-argumentative, gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, and meek (II Timothy 2:24-26)

2. They "...conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law" (Rom.3:28); and they know that "...except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God" (John 3:3)

3. Therefore their focus is on the message of the cross - on winning souls - they are outward-looking, missional, going - and they bear "...much fruit..." (John 15:16)

and they are willing to be " without law..." to "...them that are without law, so that they might "...gain them that are without law..." using "...all means..." to " some..." (1 Corinthians 9:21,22)

4. These signs accompany their activities: "...they cast out devils...speak with new tongues...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17,18);

their young people "...see visions...and prophesy..." and they are seeing the Holy Spirit poured out (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17)

their gatherings are marked not by "...word, but in power..." (I Cor.4:20); not majoring on words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (I Cor.2:4); their faith stands in demonstrations of "...the power of God..." that they see in their meetings, not merely " the wisdom of men..." (verse 4).

5. They make serving God acceptably a matter of "...righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost..." rather than allow matters of " and drink..." to become divisive (Rom.14:17,18);

therefore its members
"...depart from iniquity..." (II Timothy 2:19); endeavour to keep the "...unity of the spirit in the bond of peace..." (Eph.4:3); and their gatherings know "...the joyful sound..." (Psalm 89:15)

6. In their communities, they believe that "...the Word was God" (John 1:1)

So long as a congregation is doing those things, I can live with it if they also want to learn the odd Hebrew word, and regard certain days as special.

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