In 2010 my wife and I did a hard-nosed examination of what the New Testament taught about the practice of the church. The result? The Lord threw the circuit breaker on all my religious activities. My spiritual life came to a screeching halt. And I concluded that the only way forward was to go back a step or two. I also discovered that the off-ramp wasn’t terribly hard to find for those who wished to take it.
So we began meeting with a group of Christians of like mind outside of organized religion. We quickly discovered that we were on a pretty steep learning curve. We came to learn that many of our modern-day church practices were rooted in connecting dots that the New Testament authors themselves never connected. This led us to begin knocking on the door of the “knowing Christ” that Paul so frequently spoke about in his letters. Having to learn and seek Him in Gods Word in a way we never had before.
For several long years we have been on this journey and today we are so different because of it. We are longing to gather in a Every-Member functioning community where Christ is truthfully the Head of all we do as we are built together.
We discovered what the cross was in the process and it gave NEW LIFE to what being a Christian meant.
The cross is the instrument of death. It’s the principle whereby we lay down our own life in order that the Lord’s life may be expressed. The cross means death to self (Matt. 16:24; Mark 8:34–35; Luke 9:23–24). It means death to our ambitions, our preferences, our agendas, our opinions, our desires, and our wishes. For what reason? So that Jesus Christ can have His preference, His agenda, His opinion, and His desire. Body life is built on the principle of the cross. It is built on the resolute decision to live by the Lord’s own words: “Not My will, but Yours be done.”
Paraphrased and altered to coincide with our experiences.. extract from ‘Eternity To Here – Frank Viola Pg 218’
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