Nothing like the small beginnings we encounter, even reluctantly. Here it is upon us. We must choose to connect and embrace that which makes us one, and that is Christ Jesus himself. I find that the diversity at times pushes the envelope for me and can be frustrating, if I take my gaze off of Him and look about at how different we all are and how we all perceive things differently. Surely if the four gospels are any indicator, there is the commonality of a shared life with Jesus, but each one being impacted differently.
Our journey together will only be what it must be, if we continue to fix our gaze not on our unique ways and means of walking out our understanding of God, His Kingdom, and how His Son Jesus wants us to manifest His life in shared community Kingdom living. We have much to learn from one another, and much to share. Now is as good a time to fix our gaze on Jesus, and look at one another as His gifts to us, to sharpen us as iron sharpens iron, and also as brothers and sisters that will walk in love, and compassion and grace, with a forbearing spirit, where we realize we are better for embracing one another and walking together, rather than braving it all on our own. I well remember in the Vineyard at one of the pastor’s retreats, one brother saying, “If you are a leader, there will be those walking with you, and others following the trail behind you. If you look behind, and you find yourself alone, you are not a leader, you are just going on a walk!” The same can be said here. We need to walk together, following after Christ and His leading, and come alongside those areas where He leads us, or we are all simply on a walk! One of my daughter’s favourite songs rings true, “You will never walk alone”. May it be so for us. May we walk with Christ Jesus and one another, in relationship, and intimacy and life, and may He lead us in those areas in which He wants us to express His life in Kingdom building, and in establishing new house churches as well as strengthening existing ones. So get the word out folks!
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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding. As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required. With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]
God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].
I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.
God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].
In the eternal grip of Jesus,
Samuel M. Buick
29 January 2018
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