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Why Choose One Over A Multitude?

October 27, 2015

Greetings,

“Wisdom is found in a multitude of counselors.”  Proverbs 11: 14

Wisdom, or a mature understanding of God’s will and knowledge of what is true and right, is totally vital in the life of a follower of Jesus.  Being able to know and apply wisdom in our daily choices and circumstances is an absolute need in this life.  We need to know God and His will intimately if we are ever to grow up into what the Lord desires us to all be.

To be wise it takes the input and advice of many.  However, most of the time in the traditional/institutional “church” we are expected to be taught and guided by one “man” called The Pastor.  This my friends is not healthy or biblical.  Yet, Sunday after Sunday the MANY sit passive in the pews, while the ONE teaches and preaches without interruption.  In the early church interruption was common, welcomed, encouraged and perhaps even viewed as a Spiritual gift, but in the modern “church” it rarely, if ever, happens. (1’st Corinthians 14: 30,31)

The simple fact is that we will never grow up in Jesus until the entire Body is allowed to share and interact every time the church gathers.  When everyone shares the Body grows up into the Head and there is true unity.  In Christ the whole Body, joined and held together by EVERY supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as EACH PART does its work.  It is only then that we all become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  (Ephesians 4)

The church was never intended to be a one “man”, or even few “man”, show. It takes the entire Body of Christ working together in unity to become what He desires us all to be.  Every member of the Body is vitally important and needs to be given the opportunity to share their portion of the truth in love whenever the Body gathers.  True disciples are made when they are given the chance to hear wisdom flow forth through a multitude of counselors and then allowed to share their part of the picture also for all to hear and consider.

So if you want wisdom..break free from the control of the One “man” show system and seek out true fellowship with others who know how to operate as a fully functioning Body.  When the church gathers it should be a wide open, Spirit led, discussion with everyone participating for the mutual benefit of all involved.  When Jesus is lifted up in this manner HE will draw ALL “men” to Himself.  So what will it be for you?  Sit down, shut up and listen to the Pastor; or sit down, open up and have a great free & open conversation?

Love and….

Kirk Out !

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8 Comments
  1. Perfect Word!

  2. Excellent read .

  3. Tom Ball permalink

    I learn a couple of ways at church… through the give and take in sunday school class where a range of understanding and knowledge of the bible is deployed and life experience is shared by both old and young, and through the teaching/preaching of one who has devoted a life time to study of God’s word.

  4. I have found over the years that even the most gifted teacher preacher only has so much to give. Far better to learn from many! Good post…

  5. Two thoughts…… One…. There is really no such thing as being “at church”. Because “church” is not a building or a place or a meeting..Church is people who love and serve Christ and one another…We don’t go to church, we are the church…….Two…a truly gifted and God ordained teacher or preacher will always go with the flow of the Holy Spirit whether it is in their notes or not…sometimes you need to throw the notes away… THey will also always share interactively and encourage participation from the rest of the Body. Again…monologues or sermons ever occur in the New Testament. When Jesus, or Paul or Peter shared it was always dialogue with an active and expected give and take.

  6. daryl permalink

    definitely agree with dialogue.I understand where Tom is coming from and I too have learned that way…but only to a point.Many times during a sermon i would hear “amens”,and I would just cringe,thinking to myself ” how can you be agreeing with that?”The sermon needed to be interrupted,but of course that never happens. I also wanted to stand up for the “pew-sitters”. I actually hate the term.It is generally used to imply that someone is lazy,apathetic,unspiritual,or just really doesn’t love God…normally because they are not “involved” at or for A church. Of course that is wrong as we are the Church.It is no wonder the institutional church is losing so many .Whether one is at an institutional church,a house church,or any gathering of believers….just because they don’t share anything and just sit and listen,that does not mean they are passive,or non-participants with the rest of the Body.

  7. Great blog entry!! The quenching of the Holy Spirit is the most grievous thing. If we can just step back and take a look for a second, WOW..

  8. Zelos permalink

    It is about conversation, and conversing about God, scripture and things that matter. Jesus preaching to multitudes of unbelievers, but with the disciples He ‘conversed’. It seems most of their conversations happened while they were walking eating and traveling together. That is the model of Church I like!

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