Questions & Answers

...Questions and Answers...

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Questions and Answers

...Questions and Answers...

One of the first questions was, "Did God really say?"

This simple question opened the door to the fall of Adam, Eve and the rest of us. The answer to this simple question is an equally simple, "Yes, God really did say!"

A parallel of this question can be asked about the modern church; "Did Jesus really build his church our way?" Or, we could ask, "Did Jesus really know what He was doing when He created His church, His way?"

The answers are not complicated. "No, Jesus did not create His church the modern churches' way," and "Yes, He really did know what He was doing when He created His church His way."

This raises an equally important third question which is, "So, why do we want to build churches any other way?"

Jesus created His church His way and it thrived. It grew exponentially and touched countless lives around the world. Our commitment is simple - to do the best we can to be Jesus church His way.

We don't. What denomination did Jesus' church belong to?
What did Jesus say? Read the Bible. Read the New Testament. Specifically read the Gospels.
We do not own the plan of salvation. The question seems to imply that each church has the right to establish - and then claim as its own - a plan of salvation. The plan of salvation does not belong to us, but to God the Father and His Son. So, the real questions are what did Jesus say? And, will we choose to obey?

We do not own the plan of salvation. The question seems to imply that each church has the right to establish and then claim as its own, a plan of salvation. The plan of salvation does not belong to us, but to God the Father and His Son. So, the real question is what did Jesus say? When we humans start to define creeds, doctrines and dogma, we naturally start to deviate from God's Word and ultimately from His will. Although these things are done in innocence, over time, they do become a big problem and the grounds for division and throwing theological stones at each other. In the process, our focus shifts from doing what Jesus said in childlike obedience, to defending our manmade creeds and condemning others. With this in mind we will always refer you to the Bible to "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. " - 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV). We should "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." - Philippians 2:12 (KJV).
Jesus' church set the example by being outward focused. Being too self-focused tends to slow down the process of reaching out to those outside of church. This can be seen in the large number of churches that have ground to a halt and no longer exist.
We believe there is a place for everyone. Our ministry is not condemnation, but reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). Churches in buildings have done a remarkable job of reaching people in their pews. Our questions are, "What about the people who are not in the pews? What about the Christian who have left the pews? Who is reaching them? What support do they have?" As we began to study this, we became aware that a huge number of sincerely committed believers are outside of church buildings for various reasons. Many simply cannot attend church because they are ill or disabled. Many sit isolated from Christian communities against their will, but due to circumstances. Our pastor Mike, has firsthand experience of this due to his severe spinal injury. These are some of the factors that have motivated us to reach out to those who are outside of church buildings. In addition, Jesus church did not emphasize a mortgage first as a requirement for being a church - and yet - they were extremely effective.
We are sorry that you had an uncomfortable experience. Our first recommendation is that you do all that you can to be right with God concerning this matter. Do everything you can to live peacefully with all men (Romans 12:18). This includes doing what you can to reconcile (Matthew 18:15-17). If there are irreconcilable differences pray to ask God to show you where He wants you to be. Sometimes, there is a lesson to be learned that can only be gained by staying and faithfully serving the church in spite of the discomfort. Sometimes, God uses such situations to move us on. Let God's truth and peace that passes understanding be your guide (Philippians 4:7).

With the above in mind, if you do feel led to join The Church Today community, you will find support in our online community and a range of ongoing teaching to equip you to walk in your God-given gifting and ministry. A big part of our ministry is to encourage every believer to discover their God-given gifting and ministry. To put it another way, Jesus never said that your ministry is to be confined to a pew. Our call to you is to walk in your gifting and ministry no matter where you are.
Absolutely! On condition that you come with a humble, teachable spirit in order to serve and love each other Jesus' way. Many pastors struggle with slow or dying churches. We do believe we can help you understand why members lose interest, grow frustrated and walk away. In order to help you be more effective in your ministry. We would love to work with anyone who has a common passion for the Lord.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 tells us, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."

Each believer is encouraged to follow the principles of 2 Corinthians 9:7ff. Since we do not own corporations, bank accounts or assets, and consequently do not have the financial burden of mortgages and debt, the money that is gifted for any cause can be used to its full potential.

Since we are free of mortgages and debts, we have no need to cajole anyone into giving or tithing. However, each Christian should live generously as led by the Heart of God and prompted by the Holy Spirit. We should help each other and those in need where we see a need.
One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'"This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
 

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