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Are We Free In Christ Or Controlled by “Men”?

April 12, 2016

Greetings,

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  2 Corinthians 3: 17

“What then shall we say, brothers?  When you come together, EVERYONE has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue, an interpretation, or something important to share.  All of these MUST be done for the strengthening of the church.”    1 Corinthians 14: 26 paraphrase with added emphasis

Whenever your “church” gathers is your coming together open, free and Spirit led; or is everything you do predetermined by a Pastor or worship leader?  Do you follow a set in stone liturgy or order of service or are you all free to flow in the Holy Spirit and share as the Spirit leads?  I bring this up because the vast majority of “church” services are led and controlled by “men”.  It is extremely rare to find a “church” gathering that is totally open, free and Spirit led.  I say that having a preset, designed by “men,” order of “worship” with little to no flexibility violates the leading of the Spirit and the Lordship Of Christ.

In Jesus we are all individually created to be free and Spirit led in all of life.  I also contend that our corporate gatherings as the church are supposed to be totally free and Spirit led.  Having preset scripture readings, songs, and sermons by predetermined ministers flies in direct opposition of the will of Christ for His Body.  After all church is meant for face to face dialogue, interaction and fellowship; and not some big production or show.  EVERYONE gathered is meant to have the opportunity to share something significant with the rest of the church.  Having every portion of a Jesus gathering scripted ahead of time is definitely opposed to being Spirit led moment by moment.

Yes, I am a huge believer in Spirit led spontaneity.  However, I also believe there are times that the Spirit leads us to prepare for some situations ahead of time.  The key is our willingness to be redirected at any given moment by the Holy Spirit.  If we are not entirely flexible with how, what and where we share; we could miss out on His good, perfect and pleasant will for us and those who we gather with.  The church was never intended to have cookie cutter gatherings with set in stone presentations. No, we should instead always surrender to the leading and flow of the Holy Spirit.

Many are now likely thinking that what I suggest is a gathering full of chaos.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  I have been gathering in a totally open and free, Spirit led manner with others for over 37 years now and I have NEVER witnessed a Spirit led gathering fall apart into total chaos.  The Spirit is fully capable of leading and redirecting gatherings where every member can share what is on their heart with the rest of the Body in a free and open manner.  When we gather in Christ’s name our meetings ought to be free and not controlled, open and not closed, Spirit and not “man” Led.  Anything less than total freedom in Christ falls WAY short of Christ’s ideal for His Body.  As always there are two distinct choices we can make…. we can either choose the way of Christ or the way of “men”.  As for me I follow Jesus and no other “man”.  Choose wisely my friends.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments
  1. Jonathan Lindvall permalink

    Amen! Such Spirit-led meetings are not optional, in light of how Paul sums up these directions (verse 37): “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.”

  2. Ron Langum permalink

    On the one hand, do what works, y’know. If the structure focuses people on Christ and facilitates growth and evangelism, there’s a lot of good to be said about that structure. On the other hand, so many people (a majority?) unfortunately see the structure as being the cause of the good results, and end up putting more emphasis on having a good structure instead of following the Holy Spirit. Worshipping the structure? Most church people will angrily deny that, but if you look at the definition of “worship” and compare it to their schedule, budget, actions, and attitude, they definitely worship the structure! Christ first, kids, Christ first . . .

  3. Thanks for sharing those good thoughts Ron. Much appreciated!

  4. Dan permalink

    Thank you for sharing your testimony of 37 years of Jesus-led gatherings. Awesome! One day, we hope, this will be more common and Jesus will be allowed by His own body to be Lord of the gatherings of His own body. Until then, He stands outside and knocks, and knocks, and knocks…

    • Thanks for sharing Dan. Many think that Jesus standing at the door of our hearts and knocking saying “Let ME in” is a verse about salvation, but it is not..it is written in Revelation to the Church. Such a sad commentary. I hope and pray that more will actually let HIM in.

  5. Sue heumann permalink

    “The Spirit is fully capable of leading and redirecting gatherings where every member can share what is on their heart with the rest of the Body in a free and open manner.” Trusting God…..as the branch is fully trusting the Vine for nourishment…..oh how delicious His food and nourishment! Recently tasted the goodness and it is divine! Understanding more and more to trust Him for this, and NOT prescribed or predetermined talks. Precious that He wants us to know and express Him! Thanks again, Chris, for the blessed reminder.

  6. Thank you for sharing Sue. Abiding in and trusting in the Vine is major if we truly want to experience Him and HIS Body in their fullness.

  7. It is always so refreshing to experience a Holy Spirit Led gathering of God’s people… such freedom and clarity.

    • Yes Mike, freedom and clarity. When the Spirit wants to make a salient point HE can do it perfectly well through the Body gathered. “Man’s” way is confusion, God’s way is perfect order.

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