Archive for January 2009

What About Preaching?

January 27, 2009

This may be a surprise to some, but there is no place for “preaching” in the gathering of saints. There are five Greek words that have all been translated into the English word “preach” and all simply mean “herald, publish, announce, proclaim, tell” the Good News. All of the instances where these Greek words are found in the New Testament are in the context of announcing the Good News to the lost and are not found in the setting of the believers’ gatherings.

Nate Krupp
God’s Simple Plan for His Church – and Your Place in It (1993), pages 46-47

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I Refuse to Compete

January 27, 2009

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Dear Lord, I refuse henceforth to compete with any of Thy servants … I will not compare myself with any, nor try to build up my “self-esteem” by noting where I may excel one or another in Thy holy work. I herewith make a blanket disavowal of all intrinsic worth … I pray for others and to rejoice in their prosperity as if it were my own. And indeed it is my own if it is Thine own, for what is Thine is mine, and while one plants and another waters it is Thou alone that giveth the increase.

aw-tozerA.W. Tozer (1897-1963)
The Price of Neglect, pages 104-105
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The Basis upon Which Churches Are Founded

January 27, 2009

Q. What is the historical basis on which the assemblies or churches as such are founded?

A. Nothing is said in Scripture about any “basis on which the assemblies or churches as such” are to be founded, because the church or one Body is already founded in Christ. No mention is made of church “officials” after the first epistle of Timothy. Up to then the church was seen in its rule. After that the church is seen only in its ruin. In II Timothy … all is intensely personal and individual. That is why no mention is made of church officials. Corporate testimony has failed, and all attempts to restore it in any shape or form are doomed to disaster. Any attempt to patch up the old garment only makes the rent worse. It is better to recognize and labor for the “One Body” which the Holy Ghost is now making in Christ, than to spend one’s time about, and break one’s heart over, the bodies which man is making.

E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
Things To Come (May, 1900), pages 128-129

Unity in Jesus Christ

January 27, 2009

I am sure our safe place of unity is always in Jesus Himself, and not in any viewpoints concerning Him, and that is our happy meeting place. We are “members one of another.” I stand there. God’s calling and commission is to each of us, and we need each other …

How love edifies!

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Notes From Norman

Christ Alone

January 27, 2009

We want to say again … that our burden of message is the fullness of Christ. Not the establishment or extension of a Movement; not the propagation of a particular teaching; not the constituting of a new “Fellowship;” but Christ! We have no tradition to keep going, and nothing here on this earth that we want to preserve. We think that we have seen something – however little – of God’s thoughts and intentions for His Son, and if we do not follow the generally recognized and established system and order of organized Christianity, it is only because we have seen how much this limits real spiritual measure and so often puts things in either His place or His way.

T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony, January, 1947

True Service

January 27, 2009

“… Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:22-24).

Any serious-minded Christian may at some time find himself wondering whether the service he is giving to God is the best it could be. He may even have times of doubting, and fear that his toil is fruitless and his life empty. …

The church has marked out certain work and approved it as service acceptable to God …

But it should be kept in mind that it is not the kind or quantity of work that makes it true service – it is the quality.

Before the judgment seat of Christ, very little will be heard of numbers or size … It would be a shock to most of us to learn just what God thinks of our breathless activity, and a greater shock to many to find out the true quality of our service as God sees it. For not all religious activity is accepted of God, not even when it appears to produce results and get things done.

“…  the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

Tozer
The Next Chapter After the Last, pages 69-70

Challenging Traditions

January 27, 2009

“Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread” (Matthew 15:2).

Challenge the assumptions with which you are asked to work. If a careful study [of Scripture] convinces you they are correct, follow them faithfully. If, however, you are convinced they are wrong, try either to revise them, or abandon them. Do not repeat proven errors!

John R. Mott (1865-1955)


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