Sunday, February 21, 2016

A gathering...preferably outside, in the country, in beauty, among creation...

When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up… Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” 1 Cor 14: 26, 29-31

Angels among us testify to the holiness of any gathering of the elect. The true church of the Lord.

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

“You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” Deut 11:19

Fathers, you are God’s designated “Youth Pastors” to your children, and your wife is your assigned helpmate. This means you are the one to dedicate your newborns to the Lord, to lead them to Christ, to baptize them – water and Holy Spirit – upon the Holy Spirit prompting you of their readiness, to teach them God’s word, to partake of the Lord’s supper with them, and finally to marry them when the time comes.

 So why, pray tell, with a better covenant that includes amazing spiritual gifts (and today, the very Bible in our possession), do we Christians have to gather every Sunday only to listen to one man pontificate to no end while we can’t even exercise our biblical rights to participate? See Understanding the Duties of Ministry.

We have so much freedom with the New Covenant that many Christians have become scared of it. So they retreat to the Old One and into the arms of obsolete laws, away from the Spirit of Grace and Faith.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Gal 5: 13
Don’t be afraid of your freedom, bask in it.
“Now the Lord is that life, and where the life of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Cor 3: 17