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The the current Church Era is marked with unfruitfulness. Believers everywhere are saying, "There has to be more!" ...

The the current Church Era is marked with unfruitfulness. Believers everywhere are saying, "There has to be more!"

The hallmark of the Kingdom Era..
Not just revival, not just reformation, not just transformation... but much, much more!

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    The current wineskin...
    The focus is the congregation, encouraging people to congregate and talking to them (preaching, prophesing, praying for them, etc.). To facilitate change in this wineskin requires connecting to the key people in leadership: Pastors and leaders in the church. They are the 'gatekeepers'.

    At this, the congregation level, sometimes people are stirred to ministy. However, if we would do a 'fruit inspection' of the people who are stirred, we would see very little fruit - new believers and maturing believers. Of course, there are NO fruit inspections for the individual believers sitting in the pews! That is not usually part of the process!!! If I am out in the community and lead someone to Christ - the congregation doesn't usually RECOGNIZE or celebrate that. If I am out in the community and perform an act of service or help someone walk the road to maturity or they help me, the congregation doesn't often recognize or celebrate that. This congregation model is not very functional regarding 'new wine.'

    One of the main events that happens in congregations is that people's ears are tickled. And, for the most part, if that doesn't happen, they don't come back unless they have many relationships in the church, then they may come back because it is comfortable and they are connected to others. How people decide where to go is often where the ticking happens & if the tickling quits, they are 'called by God' to go somewhere else.


    The new wineskin...
    The focus is on planting, that is the apostolic/builder work and the prophetic (hearing where-when-how to build) work, those who are primarily builders and prophetic (perceiving where God is leading) equip people to plant. (I have been to many church services were people are called forth to work the God has for them - over the years, I have seen LITTLE fruit from these callings. People forget, get sidetracked or stall because they can't figure out how to do the work.) Those who are planting proclaim the Kingdom and salvation through Christ for people to come into the Kingdom, they may also draw together current believers to participate in the new work. As the planting of the new work occurs, the next key work need is the work of the teacher. (We ought NOT to think of these new works as congregation... much more can be said on that at another time.) We call people into the new work, since it is NEW, people need to learn new skills and how to have new koininia (relationships that are partnering in extending the Kingdom). Imparting these new skills and the understanding of what needs to be done is the work of teaching.
    The work of pastor (gathering and guiding) is done with all as part of creating the new work, esablishing and extending it.
    The work of evangelism (bringing new people to Christ, teaching them and raising them to do the work) is done as part of creating the new work and as part of extending the new work. Living the work: The work is modeled by the planters and it is reproduced in the participants
    If the work is not fruitful, it dies and does not reproduce. This is a good thing.

    The old wineskin requires people 'attend'.
    The new wineskin requires people serve others and server with others, in order to do this (committed relationships to build) we find that we MUST die to live a new life of fruitfulness.)
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  • I like it! I like Kingdom thought because you can apply it 24/7 anywhere such as home, work, on the highway or at the store. 'Pray without ceasing' & sharing the Lord at every opportunity.
    I believe this age is winding to a close, judging from God's timeclock-Israel, so reaching out to a lost & dying world should be a primary focus with our time & money.
    AA is so effective because they're always available to one who needs them. That should be us, also.
    There was a lot of thought that went into this; it's really good. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  • Acts 1:3  And to whom he gave clear and certain signs that he was living, after his death; for he was seen by them for forty days, and gave them teaching about the kingdom of God…
  • 1 Corinthians 4:19-20  But I will come to you soon, if that is what the Lord wants. I will find out not what these proud people can say, but what they can do! Because the kingdom of God is not talk, but real power.
  • Mat 21:43  This is why I am telling you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will make it produce fruit.
  • Matthew 15:7  Hypocrites!• How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you:8  `These people respect me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.9  It does no good for them to worship Me. They teach rules made by man, not God.´" (Isa. 29:13)21  People will not say, `Look, God's kingdom is here!´ or, `There it is!´ No, God's kingdom is inside of you."
  • Ephesians 4:15-16  When we speak the truth with love, we will grow up into Christ in every way. He is the Head. He is the Source. The whole body is joined and held together with each joint that helps it. It grows with love and builds itself up. Each part does its job.
  • The Kingdom is what Christ came to witness. He announced everywhere he went “the kingdom of heaven is very near” (Mat 10:7). He told his disciples that he was sent to deliver the Good News about God’s Kingdom (Luke 4:43). He announced that that kingdom is a new Covenant when He described the end of the law and the beginning of the Good news about the kingdom of God (Luke 16:16).
  • Luke 17:20  Some of the Pharisees asked Jesus, "When will the kingdom of God come?" Jesus answered, "God's kingdom is not coming in such a way that you will be able to watch it.21  People will not say, `Look, God's kingdom is here!´ or, `There it is!´ No, God's kingdom is inside of you."
  • Acts 2:46  Every day the believers met together with the same purpose in the temple courtyard. They ate together in their homes, eating their food with joyful hearts. They were very happy.47  The believers were praising God. All of the people liked them. More and more people were being saved every day; the Lord was adding them to the congregation.
  • Romans 12:5  In the same way, many people are one body in Christ. Each part is a member of the other parts.
  • Ephesians 4:13  How long? Until we are all together. We must be united in our faith and knowledge of the Son of God. We must become like a full-grown man, reaching for the greatest potential of Christ.14  Then we will not be little children anymore. The waves will not throw us back and forth. We won't be blown away by the winds of false teaching which clever men invent to trick people into following error.
  • Ephesians 4:11  Christ appointed apostles, prophets, evangelists,• spiritual shepherds, and teachers12  to prepare the holy people for a ministry of service, for building up the body of Christ.
  • James 2:14  What use is it, my brothers, for a man to say that he has faith, if he does nothing? will such a faith give him salvation?
  • Ephesians 4:15-16  When we speak the truth with love, we will grow up into Christ in every way. He is the Head. He is the Source. The whole body is joined and held together with each joint that helps it. It grows with love and builds itself up. Each part does its job.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:17  If the whole body were an eye, how would the body hear? If the whole body were an ear, where would smelling come from?18  God has now put each member in the body as He chose to do.19  If everything were just one member, there would be no body!20  But now, though we are many members, we are one body.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:25  God wants no division in the body. Instead, He wants the members to care about one another.26  If one member is suffering, all of the members are suffering, too. If another member receives an honor, then all the members are happy for him.27  Each one of you is part of Christ's body.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:28  Among all those whom God called out, He put in these people: first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; next, those who work miracles; then, people who heal diseases; people who help others; organizers; those who speak inspired languages.•
  • Matthew 9:17  No one puts new wine into old wine bags. If they did, the old wine bags would break open, the wine would spill out, and the wine bags would be ruined. Instead, people put new wine into new wine bags and both are preserved."

The Kingdom Way   The Basics The Kingdom Way The Basics Presentation Transcript

  • The Kingdom Way
    The Basics
    The Theology of the Kingdom
    (c) Kingdom 2011
  • There IS a Problem
     In Acts, 120 people turned the world upside down
     What is different today?
     Millions of Christians are in the US
     The world isn't turning upside down
     The world is turning the church upside down? Why?
    Acts 1:3  And to whom he gave clear and certain signs that he was living, after his death; for he was seen by them for forty days, and gave them teaching about the kingdom of God…
  • The Church Era
     A tree is known by its fruits
     The current Church Era is fruitless
     Most Christians don't share their faith
     Most Christians don't make disciples
     Most churches spend their budget primarily on their own needs
    1 Corinthians 4:120b  .. the kingdom of God is not talk, but real power.
  • A New Era
     Many say that the Era is changing
    From - The Church Era
    To - The Kingdom Era
     What is the difference?
    Mat 21:43  This is why I am telling you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will make it produce fruit.
  • The Church Era
    In the current Church Era
    The local Church is considered the Core Unit of the body of Christ.  A core unit is the smallest part that has all it needs to do the work.
    Attending Church is considered the dividing line between being 'good' Christians or being backsliders/unsaved
    The local Church is considered responsible for doing God's work on earth
    Matthew 15:7  Hypocrites!• How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you:
    8  `These people respect me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.
    9  It does no good for them to worship Me. They teach rules made by man, not God.´" (Isa. 29:13)
  • The Kingdom Era and the Local Church
    In the Kingdom Era, the "Local Church" is  no longer considered the Core Unit - the unit with all it needs to function
    The Commuity is considered the Core Unit
    Think about it this way...
    The Church in Ephesus, The Church in Corinth
    To see the details...
    20 Slides describe what this means...
      The Core Unit
    Ephesians 4:15-16  When we speak the truth with love, we will grow up into Christ in every way. He is the Head. He is the Source. The whole body is joined and held together with each joint that helps it. It grows with love and builds itself up. Each part does its job.
  • Church and MeIn the Church Era
     Good Christians go to church
     "Backsliders" don't go to church
     We are supposed to go to church to
     Meet with God
     Find fellowship and connection
     Find our place of service
     Find strength and encouragement
    The Kingdom is what Christ came to witness. He announced everywhere he went “the kingdom of heaven is very near” (Mat 10:7). He told his disciples that he was sent to deliver the Good News about God’s Kingdom (Luke 4:43). He announced that the kingdom is a new Covenant when He described the end of the law and the beginning of the Good news about the kingdom of God (Luke 16:16).
  • The Kingdom Era and Me
    I understand that the Kingdom is WITHIN me 
    Where I and other believers are is where 'church' is.  We can experience these things anywhere...
    Meet with God, find fellowship, find my place of service, find peace and encouragement.
    In the Kingdom Era, I  might ALSO go to my church to serve and be served by ministries my church provides:  Ministry of the Word, Ministry of Worship, Sunday School, Youth Ministry, etc.
    Luke 17:20-21 Some of the Pharisees asked Jesus, "When will the kingdom of God come?" Jesus answered, "God's kingdom is not coming in such a way that you will be able to watch it. People will not say, `Look, God's kingdom is here!´ or, `There it is!´ No, God's kingdom is inside of you."
  • The Church Era and Gathering
    Many refer to the local church as the 'family of God' but...
    The local church is often a collection of strangers who are hoping to learn to know each other, or sometimes they don't want to.  ;-)
    Sermons and planned interaction have to consider both the 'regulars' and new comers or occasional attendees
    Expectations are often low because they can cause dropouts
    Acts 2:46  Every day the believers met together with the same purpose in the temple courtyard. They ate together in their homes, eating their food with joyful hearts. They were very happy.
    47  The believers were praising God. All of the people liked them. More and more people were being saved every day; the Lord was adding them to the congregation.
  • The Kingdom Era and Gathering
    The Community is the Core Unit of the body of Christ, the Church
    Across the community are gatherings. In some gatherings people worship, serve and celebrate in the traditions of those who have come before
    In others people gather in forms that are designed to accomodate new works and new forms of service
    The key difference is that people can choose the form of gathering that supports what God has called them to accomplish, not just fulfill traditional obligations
    Romans 12:5  In the same way, many people are one body in Christ. Each part is a member of the other parts.
  • The Church Growth Era
    Church Growth depends upon factors such as these...
    Providing excellence in the Worship experience
    Learning how to connect members to the ministries of the local church
    Learning how to knit visitors into the church
    Altar calls and follow-up
    Drawing people into church ministry, Sunday School, Worship Team, Youth Ministry, etc.
    Meeting needs: Counseling, Food Pantries, etc.
    These are all GREAT and will remain. What changes is this ...
  • Growth in the Kingdom Era
    The Kingdom is within me.  I am responsible to learn to 'have babies' and 'teach them to walk'
    I cannot expect 'the professionals' to have the babies
    Neither can I expect them to teach the baby the basic skills of learning how to walk
    In the Kingdom many ministries abound and, as I and others grow, we learn to serve each other, our spouses, our families, our neighbors, and of course, we congregate in various ways
    Ephesians 4:13  How long? Until we are all together. We must be united in our faith and knowledge of the Son of God. We must become like a full-grown man, reaching for the greatest potential of Christ.
    14  Then we will not be little children anymore. The waves will not throw us back and forth. We won't be blown away by the winds of false teaching which clever men invent to trick people into following error.
  • Growth and The Kingdom Era continued
    What is the KEY difference between growth in the Church Era vs growth in the Kingdom Era?
    The key difference is this:  Who has the responsibility? 
    In the Church Era: Pastors and Ministry Leaders have the responsibility to grow the Church
    In the Kingdom Era: Individuals have the responsibility
    How can responsibility shift from the clergy to every believer? 
    Those stuck in the 'old wineskin' will not change
    Those who learn to live differently will move into the new wineskin
    To change, people will need a new mindset and new skills
    Ephesians 4:11  Christ appointed apostles, prophets, evangelists,• spiritual shepherds, and teachers
    12  to prepare the holy people for a ministry of service, for building up the body of Christ.
  • My Responsiblity in the Church Era
    To attend Sunday Service unless there is a 'good reason' not to be there
    Some churches expect all members to be at every service
    To do various things to minister to others in and out of church. To bring people to church so they can find Christ and grow. To bring friends to church so the church can grow.
    Give or Tithe to the church
    To live a good life
    Various other things...
    Catechism and/or Church Membership
    Learn and follow the church rules on things like drinking, dress, etc
    .
    James 2:14  What use is it, my brothers, for a man to say that he has faith, if he does nothing? will such a faith give him salvation?
  • My Responsibility in the Kingdom Era
    I understand....
    The Kingdom is within me. 
    Because the Kingdom is within me, I can learn to enjoy the benefits of the Kingdom in my life
    Because I enjoy the benefits of the Kingdom and love others (Great Commandment), I do my best to help them come into the Kingdom, through the Good News (Great Commission)
    I cannot learn to live out the Kingdom by myself - I learn to connect deeply and deliberately to others
    Let's look at connecting in the Church and Kingdom Era
    Ephesians 4:15-16  When we speak the truth with love, we will grow up into Christ in every way. He is the Head. He is the Source. The whole body is joined and held together with each joint that helps it. It grows with love and builds itself up. Each part does its job.
  • Connecting in the Church Era
    Whereas attending services is generally considered mandatory...
    Connecting to others is generally considered a 'good idea' but optional
    Many types of  'ministry' connections are governed by the church.   Permission is often sought and granted, or not granted as the case may be, for ministry:  starting Bible Studies or other small group ministries, creating outreach efforts, etc.
    1 Corinthians 12:17  If the whole body were an eye, how would the body hear? If the whole body were an ear, where would smelling come from?
    18  God has now put each member in the body as He chose to do.
    19  If everything were just one member, there would be no body!
    20  But now, though we are many members, we are one body.
  • The Kingdom Era and ConnectingContinued
    In the Kingdom Era, I uderstand the Kingdom is within me. I understand that the reason I am here is to be fruitful
    I cannot be fruitful alone; I must connect to other believers
    Other believers help me learn to live the benefits/blessings given to those in the Kingdom
    Bringing people into the Kingdom, having spiritual babies, depends on me. I must connect to people to bring them into the Kingdom. 
    With the help of other believers, I learn to be more fruitful in bringing people into the Kingdom, so I connect for this purpose 
    For those who come in the Kingdom , I am responsible to help them learn to live the benefits/blessing of the Kingdom and be fruitful.  To do this, I must connect to them.
    I understand that others need things I cannot offer; therefore I  connect those I serve to the larger community of believers
    Sounds like work, huh?  Yes, it is. It will take our whole life. And, to do these things we need new skills.   
    1 Corinthians 12:25  God wants no division in the body. Instead, He wants the members to care about one another.
  • Transitioning Eras  The good, bad and the ugly
    Since the Protestant Reformation, an interesting and unfortunate thing has occurred...
    Every time someone stumbles upon truth, another fracture in the body of Christ occurs
    We started with Catholics and Protestants - there are now more than 1000 denominations, each with it's unique micro-focus
  • New Wine
    When the body is housed in a structure that cannot grow, we should KNOW what to do!
    Jesus told us the reasonabile approach is
    Putting new wine into old wineskins will make for disaster
    Put new wine into new wineskins
    Simple
    The Kingdom Era will be marked by new structures and approaches to accomodate the new wine
    Mark 2: 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
  • Using Wisdom
    The RIGHT type of change
    Some want Revival.  I don't know about you, but I know many ALIVE and REVIVED believers who just know 'there has to be more'
    Are WE waiting for GOD to move or is GOD waiting for us to move?
    We should say: He has given us all we need! *
    Some want Reformation.   Attempting to reform an old wineskin can damage what exists
    Some want Transformation.  Transforming a house or anything else usually involves tearing down FIRST, then building up...
    We are looking for a better way
    * 2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
  • Transfiguration
    When a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, nothing is damaged or lost
    The hallmark of those proclaiming the Kingdom Era should be their love for...
    The existing body of Christ
    The saints who have gone before us
    All those who serve in all the various ministries and churches - honoring them
    John 13:35   By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
  • Learning to Live the Kingdom Way
    Learning to live the Kingdom Way is like the start of human life. 
    There are two parts
    Without those two parts coming together, life doesn't happen
    This document represents one part..  some of the foundational concepts. 
    Only a few can plant and grow something with only the DNA of the concepts
    Most need BOTH parts: They need both the concepts and they also need to see and experience the application of the concepts. 
    This presentation is only 1/2 of the story.  Everywhere people are stuggling to learn to live the Kingdom Way.  Those who succeed will become models of experience and application for all of us.
    1 Corinthians 12:28  Among all those whom God called out, He put in these people: first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; next, those who work miracles; then, people who heal diseases; people who help others; organizers; those who speak inspired languages.
  • Are You Learning to Live the Kingdom Way?
    If you feel that you and perhaps those around you are becoming part of the Kingdom Era...
    If you feel that you are creating new wineskins and seeing fruit - new believers and you are experiencing the benefits/blessing of the Kingdom like never before...
    If you feel that you are deliberately building authentic Kingdom Community where individuals are learning to be fruitful...
    Please share YOUR comments in the space provided below this presentation!  
    Matthew 9:17  No one puts new wine into old wine bags. If they did, the old wine bags would break open, the wine would spill out, and the wine bags would be ruined. Instead, people put new wine into new wine bags and both are preserved."