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It Takes The Entire Crew

December 13, 2014

Greetings,

Everyone is needed, valuable, and extremely important in the true Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every single person has God given gifts that are vital to The Body Of Christ.  It is not just the Pastors or The Clergy that are supposed to be sharing and ministering.  Every single member of the Church is a gifted minister and is supposed to be serving and sharing with others on a regular basis as led by the Holy Spirit.

First Corinthians chapter 12 makes this very clear where it says,  “Now to *each one* the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”  It goes on to list numerous different gifts such as wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, discernment of spirits, tongues and interpretation.  Verse 11 says that, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to *each one,*  just as He determines.  Everyone has Spirit endowed gifts of The Spirit.  Spiritual gifts are not confined or regulated to or by the recognized leadership of any church or fellowship.

Fact is that in the Church every single member is extremely valuable and needed for the Body to operate and function as Jesus intended.  One part of the body cannot say to another part of the body “I don’t need you.”; “so sit down in that pew and shut up and listen.”  Then verse 25 makes it very clear that there should be “No divisions in the Body.”  Yet most of the modern traditional church allows for and supports the Clergy/Laity division and it is a lie straight from the pit of Hell!  The church should never be divided into Leaders and followers, gifted and non-gifted, Ministers and lay people, Speakers and listeners, male and female, old and young, Performers and spectators,  active and passive,  Priests and non-Priests.   Because every member ministry is one of the vital key messages of the New Covenant.  1 Peter makes it totally clear that in Jesus *we* are a Priesthood of EVERY and ALL believers.

For it is written, “… when you come together, *everyone* has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.  *All* of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:26)  If this is not happening all of the time when you gather with other followers of Christ, then you are settling for something far different and far less than The Lord ever intended or envisioned for His Body.

Every member ministry is one of my passions.  I long to see the Church operating at its full potential and that only happens when *everyone* gets to share their portion whenever the church gathers together.  In most congregations one person preaches while hundreds of others sit and listen passively.  This is not the way of Christ.  The way of Jesus is full interactive discussion and dialogue with the entire whole body participating and interacting as much as possible as the Spirit leads.

Love and……

Kirk Out!

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7 Comments
  1. Ramma permalink

    This is so true! Just think how much is missed when only one person leads, directs, preaches. It’s like we are only given one view point to help us make our decisions and pattern our life by. Blessings

  2. Suzy Crees permalink

    I just finished reading a memoir of a woman who grew up on an Iowa farm. I can relate to it because I also grew on an Iowa farm. At the end of the book she said that one thing she gained from having responsibilities and chores was a sense of value and worth. On a farm everyone has to do their part to keep the farm and family functioning properly. This impressed upon me that we all have a need to feel valued. Functioning in a farm family is much like functioning in the family do God. When we are all allowed to use our talents and gifts we will all feel valued and have a sense of worth. I know our value comes from God alone but we can also value others by encouraging them to be fully functioning members of His body.

  3. No matter what way it is sliced, diced and or cubed, God’s love for us all will never be separated ever nothing can separate God’s Children from his love, Nor can any unbeliever ever do this as well

    And the true Church, Actually Tabernacle is

    Hebrews 8:1-4Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

    8 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:

    Fellowship is important to all, and many are misled, do you think God will not tell his children what to do and where to be, whether in a building that you are so tragically against?

    Love you Brother no matter what, I am not in a body Church as you describe I should be of, home church. I am in Father and son and Father and Son are in me, the Church, where no light is needed for they are the light no matter where I am at, at any given time
    well that is just me, and thank you that you love your home Church that seems to have no flaws, Amen to that

  4. Homeward, All churches have flaws, but we will still all be presented before the Father without spot or wrinkle because of the blood, grace, and mercy of Christ. Home fellowships offer much more opportunities for every member ministry and sharing. I hurt for my dear sisters and brothers trapped in “churches” where the Priesthood of all believers are not free, open and practiced.

    • Thanks Kirk, I hurt as well for all in or out of nay Church gathering, putting faith in someone else besides Jesus ad them unto Father.
      Bottom line, I trust Father to teach us all, whatever it is we need to know, Hebrews 8:11, and for as many as can see that verse and start to converse between them and God
      Might see how deep they are loved and just love in response back to Father for this deep love to all through Son he did while we all were yet and are Failures, you know that included the clergy.

      So I know Father will reach farther than anyone else can. Since in the Spirit of Yeweh he comes to live in us today and teach us all truth over any minor error we all just by this get along in this new way of no condemnation for those that believe, not from God anyway. people all day long everyday.

      I am so glad that you do care for people getting deceived, and am sure for whoever of God’s are, will not be.
      For God is Faithful living in us to teach us love from Hate, as you are taught to just love, that is great

  5. Ramma permalink

    What i know of “building worship” is that one leads and others follow. You do not openly share or discuss. Have you been in an open fellowship Howard? If not, you need to. It’s not the same. Oh yes, one can lead even there. But when the motive for gathering is to learn of Christ, love one another, grow and help your brother and sister grow….there is nothing like it. The time passes so quickly and you don’t want to leave. It’s like you can’t get enough. The house reeks with the presence of God for a long time after everyone has gone home. You don’t experience that in a “building”. I grow more in a one on one or a few setting. If we took everything monetary out of the equation both in the ministry and in the leity….i doubt very many would be going to the building. There is benefits to attending a “building”. Can we live without it and live fully in Christ? I would hope so. Just a few thoughts. Blessings

    • Thank you Ramma, yes, been in both and alone and have a blessed setting in him all the time as you might see if you knew me, And I thank all here for their view. does all be a hand? No, does one form of worship work for another as it does for you? No. I hope and pray for all too.

      Go d has God’s hand in all things here on earth for he loves us all. Whether one worships or not. does god have his hand out to those that do or do not?

      And what works for you, is that to work for all? Well if you think so, then you segregated yourself from all others and might fall into that statement in Luke 6:32.
      Only you will know between God and you
      For me I belong to no one else but Father and Son in daily worship in the Heaves in Spirit and truth where Father can only be worshiped, John 4:23-24

      Join me on +Google fellowship daily in the word of truth to all without any condemnation to anyone. Loving every minute of it
      Risen glorified Christ, and many other communities there where we all praise and worship. Awesome to me.

      so can I b respected for me in what helps me? Going to Church where I go for now is good for me and Bible studies are awesome where we can fellowship and discuss what and where each are at in openness, what is wrong with that

      You see when one has been harmed in a Church gathering, it is as if before being harmed they saw a bunch of fruit trees that were appealing and when took a bite out of, got a mouthful of wax, and so went to somewhere else o get truth, which you are getting. Amen Sister Amen over and Over

      Now for me I got that from a certain Church gathering in the past, and did the same looked for one that I was comfortable at and learning from. What is wrong with that?

      I a m not bashing any of those, and It is not claimed here as that either, but it is no matter what way it is sliced diced or cubed

      It is said it is not, but it is in a twist just as the serpent deceived Eve

      Thank you much love you all the same as I do all whether in Church or not

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