Awakening In Our Gatherings – Hunter Valley NSW

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’

I want to hear from you if this stirs you.. its so important!

ChangesAhead

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2 thoughts on “Awakening In Our Gatherings – Hunter Valley NSW

  1. I found your post very interesting. In my experience church and church leaders often manipulate the Bible and normative doctrines in their own interests and in the interests of the political force that supports the church. The same with other religions, not just Christianity. A few examples are provided below:
    http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/love-your-enemies/
    http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/a-chicken-is-not-a-bird-and-a-woman-is-not-a-person/

    Therefore I believe in spirituality as a personal relationship with the devine while ‘organised religion’ or church in my opinion is just a crowd control.

    I like reading Bible and believe that the most essential in Christianity are its core values and messages, such as:
    • Do not judge, and you will not be judged (from http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/do-not-judge/)
    • The light of the body is the eye (from http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/the-light-of-the-body/ )
    • Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger (from http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/get-rid-of-all-bitterness-rage-and-anger/ )
    • Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world… (from http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/do-not-conform-any-longer-to-the-pattern-of-this-world/ )

    • Appreciate your feedback, great links.

      I agree that spirituality is a personal thing, but I believe fellowship is pivotal for functioning as a part of Christs body. We are finding that since the early church, Christianity has been segregated, diced up and structured in ways I can’t see being reflected by the early NT church.

      God is moving many ‘followers of Christ’ outside the institutional church context and sharpening them to simplify and harness the love for him that he intended in the early church. We have found many influencing factors (that I won’t go into in this post, but I can send u info) that are misguiding Christians. We see Christ now teaches us to love, encourage and share Him with others.

      Since we took a step back and focused on our preeminent and supreme Christ (col 1:15-18) we have realised the importance of knowing that Christ is our in-dwelling Lord (Gal 2:20) When we start walking in sprit and truth 24/7 (Jhn 4:6-30) that is living daily In-Him our lives have been transformed forever.

      One key part of our new life In-Him is to stop trying to be righteous under law, knowing Christ fulfilled the law of the prophets and everything is held together through Him – gives u freedom!

      We spend so much time trying to be righteous Christians and live upright lives, when Christ just wants us to stop and acknowledge the victory he has already won. We simply rest and find strength in him. Remember it’s only through Christ that we live and have won victory over death!

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