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What Things Would you Like to See, Functioning In Church

Discussion in 'The Church Forum' started by Angelina, Apr 8, 2022.

  1. Angelina

    Angelina Prayer Warrior Staff Member Admin

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    Here are some things I would love to see in a church environment

    1. Multicultural - members from all races joined together in worship to God.
    2. Biblical - preaching the word and also relating that word into today's world.
    3. Spirit Filled - expecting that the Holy Spirit will turn up in power when the word is preached, souls are saved and also in corporate worship.

    4. Leaders - who are genuine, caring and selfless about those whom they have to one day, make an account.
    5. Social - On all levels from the creche to the elderly. Everyone can enjoy some kind of social gathering.

    I will stop there. Please add ore or create your own list....
     
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    Lambano Well-Known Member

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    6. A congregation that looks out for one another.
     
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    @Lambano Acts 2.42 speaks of continuing steadfastly......a collective thing: we can encourage one another...
     
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    farouk Well-Known Member

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    @Pearl Thanks for the 'like'....
     
  5. Angelina

    Angelina Prayer Warrior Staff Member Admin

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    7. A church filled with prayers
     
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    Paul in 1 Thess. 5 and Philippians 4 links prayer and joy with thanksgiving.... :)
     
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    Angelina Prayer Warrior Staff Member Admin

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    8. Gifts that are being utilized not only in the church but also the community....
     
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    Angelina Prayer Warrior Staff Member Admin

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    9. Combined church services
     
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  9. Angelina

    Angelina Prayer Warrior Staff Member Admin

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    @Lambano it does not matter whether I agree with you or not. It's more about what you would like to see in a Church and I have listed some things I would like to see. This is not a debate forum. Bless you xox
     
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    ScottA Well-Known Member

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    Great question!

    I am commenting on the title question purposely before even reading the things that you would love to see:

    I know that we are allowed to be the way we are--that is the purpose God has created the world, that all things good and evil should be revealed before the Judgement. Which is not to say I like it, I don't. It is this very thing that made Christ weep and pray that the Father forgive us for not knowing what we do. And the thing that is now so apparent, is that God has purposed what is right and good, quite literally to every generation, and the response is always the same: We kill of quench those whom He has sent and reject even the truth for fear that we might lose a control we never had over what may come.

    The Old Testament is full of examples, the greatest of which comes in the New Testament of Israel rejecting and crucifying Christ. But even now the church rejects what He arranged for our times. He gave us the basics wherein there are many mysteries, and told His disciples “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." Then coming to the end of what flesh and blood could accomplish, He told them and us, that He would continue on in the Spirit, and that He would send another Helper--that it would not even be them who spoke the things to come, but Him. And those who were documented speaking so warned that false teachers and prophets would come and turn the church away from all that He had appointed them to. Even so, instructions were given for the way we should go, but have not. We were to "press on...leaving behind the elementary principles of Christ"--but we, the church, have not done so.

    This was to be a time, an opportunity, for the gentiles to see and hear--to be silent in our churches, and let the Holy Spirit speak. But we too have fallen into a state of delusion and a type of blindness not unlike what became of Israel, and for the same purpose: until the times of the gentiles are fulfilled. But just as Israel's time came and the promises of God came upon them, we too have our time of His promises coming to fruition--to an end.

    So...what I would like to see is a movement in the church to reexamine those final instructions, to take them to heart, and to fearlessly follow them, rather than fearlessly not, as it has now been for two thousand years (to our shame). Because, that day of the Lord is coming and even now is here, whether we heed His direction, or finish it with the same sort of rejection not unlike Israel has done.

    If we reject the Spirit, we reject Him.
     
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    Unity. One room. One group. One family.

    Much love!
     
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    Rita Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    I don’t go to church but one of the reasons I left was because of the formula of worship, you know, opening messages, prayer, hymn, testimony, prayer, hymn, sermon, collection, prayer, hymn and finish. The everyone stands around talking about anything but the sermon, drinking tea. ………..
    Also they sat in neat rows ……..I would like something a bit more spirit led , go with the flow !!
    Also a church that recognises peoples gifts and uses them all, so the church is led by God, not man and then ask God to bless what they have decided………..
     
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    Acts 2.42 is a good guide for desirable local church activities...
     
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    I'm having visions of several rooms each with one individual doing his own thing separately........
     
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    I would like to see more of the Holy Spirit leading, more reverence and true worship - not just singing.
     
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    A modification of 3, in that the Holy Spirit would be present in the gifts at all times and not just when the word is preached; sometimes even in replacement of it when the Spirit leads, because the word should be something we do, not something we hear only.

    Things I would like to see functioning in the churches:

    8 To one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:8-12)

    5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification... [thus] let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret... (1 Corinthians 14:5, 13)

    24 If all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. 25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you. 26 What is it then?
    Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (1 Corinthians 14:24-33)

     
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    What Things Would you Like to See, Functioning In Church
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    Attentive silence in the congregation;
    The True Word of God spoken;
    Prayer, Praise and Worship unto God.

    Isa 56:
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    7] Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

    Glory to God,
    Taken
     
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    What Things Would you Like to See, Functioning In Church
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    A humble people coming together seeking an all encompassing relationship with God.

    How is this achieved? Through repentance, worship and hearing.

    Shalom
     
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    What I would like to see in the church is the answer to this prayer of Jesus...KJV John 17:9-11, 15-23
    9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
    10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
    11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
    15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
    16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
    17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
    18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
    19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
    20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
    21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
    22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
    23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
     
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    I would see Christ honored.

    In everything they do.
     
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