Let's open with this question...
This one leading question is designed to cause a brainstorm to brew within the Think Tank of this Men's Ministry. Our goal is to figure out how to solve the mystery with Church Growth Decline. Another goal of mine is to point you to Jesus and let Him be our teacher of the truths that exist in His word as documented in the Holy Bible and His teaching by the Holy Spirit. No one in this group of men will have authority over anyone. We will have a mutual love and respect for each other. Two essential parameters must be kept within the scope of our thinking process to make sure we are properly focusing on the leadership of the Holy Spirit. They are as follows:
We, as born again Christians, are single significant parts of His Body whose purpose is to reflect God's love by serving others as a unified team to glorify God and achieve his ultimate goal of establishing His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Please read and study First Corinthians Chapter Twelve to better understand what our role is as individual members of the Body of Christ.
Every member of the body of Christ has a significant role that is of equal importance to be shared with common purpose in insuring that the body functions together in a manner worthy of repentance by producing nutritious spiritual fruit and good works by the measures of faith given to each of us.
Jesus said, “But you are not to be called rabbi (teacher), for you have only one teacher (the head of the body) and you are all brothers (individual parts of the body).”
Listen to what the Apostle John has to say in 1 John 2:26-27.
“These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.”
It is also important to read what Jesus taught his disciples in regards to their humble servitude in ministering to lost souls who do not know Jesus as their personal moral teacher and their Savior from their sins. Read John 13:4-16 as follows:
Jesus got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.” So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
Our Men's Ministry format on how we conduct church will be the same way the original church conducted itself as explained in the New Testament. The mainstream church has greatly perverted how we as a church body should operate in our effort to carry out Jesus' command to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has taught us.
Our study of the Bible will be topical rather than expository in practice. John MacArthur is my favorite modern day theologian. His sermons are expository in its delivery. This is one the very few disagreements I have with him. Jesus taught on topics and not by means of expository teaching as is common practice by many preachers today. Expository study should be done on an individual basis as the hermeneutic means of interpretation allows us to get the most meaning out of each Bible passage in our individual private study of God's word.
The New Testament church met in homes with everyone participating by sharing their personal experiences, their ideas, their spiritual gifts, their finances, their resources, their talents, their vocational skills, their prayer requests, their knowledge of scripture, their academic knowledge, they shared the gospel with those who do not know Christ, they confessed their sins or admitted their mistakes to one another, they disciplined each other in love, they worshiped together, they bared each other’s burdens, they watched each other’s back, they ate and fellowshipped together, they celebrated the Lord’s Supper together and all for the purpose of developing close intimate relationships in order to unify and edify the Body of Christ as the future Bride of Jesus. They did this with mutual love and respect for one another.
The accountability factor was mutual between each and every member not just a few.
Too much structure and scripted church services hinders the Holy Spirit from working in the hearts and minds of every church member who assembles together to worship and grow in the likeness of Christ. All of us as Christians has something to offer to edify and unify the Body of Christ. Too much man made structure, constraints on time, canned programs and one sided lectures (sermons) from the pulpit stand in the way of the Holy Spirit being able to work spontaneously in and through every believer. It should be a "no brainer" to see why the present man made church is not growing and is becoming spiritually stagnant today. My strong subject is Science so I know the importance of making sure all the molecules in a body of water keep moving to prevent stagnation. Now do you see the importance that every member in the Body of Christ participates in a church ministry of some sort? I can assure you that most men will choose not to be a part of any ministry if they are not allowed to speak their mind during the assembling together in a church setting.
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