Jesus' Life With the Twelve

12/28/2006

speech bubble representing person 1 talkingDo you meet in houses or homes?

speech bubble representing person 3 talkingWe’re in homes all the time. I live in one, as a matter of fact. I don’t have anything against houses! I actually decided to live in one : ). They’re fine. There are twenty or thirty people in my living room on any given night. Scott lives three or four doors away from me and there are twenty people in his house almost every night, too. There are different people, in different homes, on different nights. There’s no calendar, no plan, no membership—just a huge family loving each other every day.

speech bubble representing person 5 talkingIs everyone from house to house every day, basically?

speech bubble representing person 3 talkingYes. “Daily and public and from house to house.” Every single person in the church is intertwined daily into others’ lives and families.

When the whole Church is together we’ve got to find a larger place, like the one we are together in right now. We pass microphones around because there’s no way everyone could hear from as far away as they’d have to sit with a large crowd. “When revelation comes to the second, let the first one sit down.” A brother on one side of the room gestures to have a microphone passed to him from the other side of the large circle. He says, “You know, what Fred over there was saying, boy, I was just looking at that verse myself earlier today, and here’s what I believe God showed me about that.” And everyone melts because of what God showed this brother, and it affects them.

Then someone over on the other side of the circle says, “You know what, I just wrote a song about that. What a coincidence! Jesus had me write a song about that same verse last night. What a coincidence.” No, that’s no coincidence, that’s the Body of Christ “joined and knit together.” We need one another, and when revelation comes to the second, let the first one sit down (1 Corinthians 14:30). Now, is that “home church”? Not really. But it’s real. It’s like Jesus was with the twelve, isn’t it? That was the first Church—Jesus with the twelve. How did He do it? Deuteronomy 6 and 11 say, “As you rise up, as you sit down, as you walk along the way.”

speech bubble representing person 4 talkingThe one requirement that has to be met for that to even be possible is what Jeremiah prophesied, “From the least to the greatest, they all know me” (Jeremiah 31:34). The only thing that makes it possible for a sister to have a song is because she’s listening to Jesus; she has a real relationship with Jesus herself. Whether it’s few people or many people, the requirement to be a part of Jesus’ Church is that you have a relationship with Jesus.

You aren’t waiting for somebody, some “holy man”, to tell you what to think or what to believe. You, yourself, are pursuing God. We find that “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty,” there is Unity. God can do what was just described if we’re all listening to Him. If there’s no assumption that “somebody else” is going to listen to Him today and I don’t have to. We believe what God promised through Jeremiah, that in the Church today, “All will know Me, from the least to the greatest.” Everyone has a relationship with Jesus; that’s what the Church is about.

 

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