Itinerant teams come and stay for a season.
Missing ingredients it will not work.
The missing ingredient – is extra local people who had experience to lay new foundations or plant new churches – plant new life.
Leading of the Lord. No easy fixes.
Lot’s of groups starting without the help they need to establish a new church.
THE MEETING OF THE CHURCH
NT many kinds of meetings:
prayer evangelistic ministry meetings the church meeting
THE CHURCH MEETING
NT church meeting – instinctive to your nature – a meeting of local assemble of believers come to give Jesus Christ to one another – what we have eaten and drank of Him – we come and bring Christ to one another – when you share Christ
1 Cor. 14: 26
Everyone is participating. As the members function, is the re-assembling of Jesus, making made visible, and a testimony to the unseen realm, that Jesus of Nazareth is alive enough to be the functional head of the church. It is the testimony that He is alive through His body. Open participatory meetings. Sharing to the point of interruption of each other.
We need to be equipped, to function in this way.
Over function – need the cross. Under function – need the cross to share.
Picture in the OT – Meeting of the Church
Israel entered into the land of Canaan.
10 1/2 stayed on one side, and the other 1 1/2 on other side.
Decided by lots.
The land is yours, work the land, live of the land, the land will provide all that you will need to live.
Feast in the 7th month – each tribe would bring what was yielded that year.
FEAST OF TABERNACLES – BOOTHS – INGATHERING
No one comes empty hand. Everyone brings something from the land.
It was a display from what they had worked from the land: bread, wine, etc.
At the high hour, all took a portion and threw it up in the air, for God to see what the land had yielded, for the heavenlies to observe and rejoice.
The land is a picture of the unsearchable richness of Jesus Christ – all that He produced is openly displayed when the body comes together as organic church life. It is a testimony to principalities and powers that Jesus is alive and head of His church.
The onus is on working the land, live, breathe by Christ. We plow and explore, and then come together in Him and exhibit Christ and display Him to one another. All are edified and strengthened and honour God.