We're Not Seagulls

September 26, 2015 at 7:18 PMTony

There is a model of church leadership, which I have been taught in the past, that says we are like a flock of seagulls flying in 'V' formation. We are all looking ahead towards Jesus, but there is someone in front leading. Behind him are others as part of the 'V' and if the leader gets tired they can take his place. This is what happens with seagulls.

In the church this justifies senior leadership teams, ordinary leadership teams, etc. etc. I think I'd be more impressed if the first actually took a turn at being last. That at least would be scriptural.

Speaking of being scriptural what is wrong with Paul's description of the church as a body?

My name is Tony. All the parts of my body are Tony. My left big toe is Tony. My right hand is Tony. my liver is Tony. Every part of me is Tony.

Similarly I am Jesus. And if you are a Christian reading this you are Jesus too. We Christians are all Jesus.

If I want to do something it is not hard. All the different parts of my body work together so that i can run, jump, walk, eat or whatever. There are some sophisticated processes that occur for that to happen but these aren't noticeable.

The church is Christ's body. Do we say that the one who created the human body is incapable of the level of sophistication that the human body has? Maybe we want to simplify things for our own comfort? Or maybe it is really about power and position.

Jesus said he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matt 16:18). I think we need only Him:

"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Eph 4:16 NLT)"


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The Church is a Bride not an Organisation

February 15, 2014 at 10:22 AMTony

What do you notice about a bride? Do you notice the way she's put together? Well, perhaps you might to some extent. That she carries herself well. That she has an elegant posture. But what you really notice is her radiance, her beauty, her smile. And if you get talking to her you will feel her sheer joy at being a bride and maybe catch some of the humility the occasion brings to her spirit.

And you notice her dress. How beautiful her dress is. What should we notice about how the church is dressed?

We are to put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. And above all love. That is what you should notice about us - as well as the joy and the radiance and the beauty. It cannot be about events and being preached at. If you notice leaders at all you should notice them flat on their face before the Father (just my opinion).

So if the church isn't yet a radiant joyful bride of Christ, how is it going to get there? We need the Holy Spirit to make that happen. And many people are prophesying a new wave of the Spirit coming soon.

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Playing hide and seek with God

November 28, 2013 at 9:31 AMTony

Have you ever played hide and seek with your children. If it's a two year old there's a large part of your leg sticking out so they can find you easily. If they're a bit older you make it more challenging but you never let it get to the point where they get anxious because they can't find you. I think God the Father is the same.

In Jeremiah it says "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart". But Jesus uses the parable of the lost coin and the parable of the last sheep to say that rather it is God earnestly seeking us. Even in the parable of the prodigal son the father is earnestly looking for the son and the son knows where home is. He just has to return.

So, I personally go with Jesus. If we need to seek God I think He will always let Himself be found. Sometimes after a bit of effort. And quite often not in the way we expected. He is God after all.

P.S. Just been to church and reminded that Jesus said that the Father is more than willing to give the Holy Spirit just for the asking (Luke 11:13)

 

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Jesus Christ is Perfect Theology

November 29, 2012 at 2:41 PMTony

This is a quote from Bill Johnson in the previous blog:

"Jesus is perfect theology. It is theologically immoral to allow anything, any revelation about God that contradicts what you see in the person of Jesus - to allow that to trump your concept of what God is like. The clearest manifestation of the nature of the Father is seen in the person of Jesus. He made it very clear. He said 'If you've seen me you've seen the Father.'"

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Thy Kingdom Come on Earth

November 29, 2012 at 10:46 AMTony

Excellent, excellent, excellent teaching by Bill Johnson

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More Brennan Manning

July 17, 2012 at 9:54 AMTony

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Brennan Manning

July 15, 2012 at 8:29 PMTony

I first heard about Brennan Manning from Mark Stibbe. This is worth a watch!

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