Organic Worship | New Testament Fellowship


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This Bible study outline examines the New Testament model for Christian assembly, compares it to the practices of today, and suggest practical methods to ensure our modern fellowship and meetings fulfill the purpose set forth by the original apostles of Jesus Christ.

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Organic Worship | New Testament Fellowship

  1. 1. Organic Worship Reviving the New Testament Model for Christian Fellowship and Assembly 2014, Breath of Life International Church
  2. 2. Agenda Defining “Organic” Worship What’s the purpose? Ekklesia What did the original New Testament Church look like? Rules of Engagement Examining the history and content of 1 Corinthians 11-15… Church Leadership What did it look like? Can it work for us now? Renewing the Mind How do we get back to the blueprint for worship and leadership? 1 2 5 3 4 6 Breaking Traditions Are you up for the challenge?
  3. 3. What is an “organic” church? Defining the Church • The people, not the building • The collective group of “called out ones • Born-again believers • Individuals adopted into the family of God through adoption by the blood of Jesus Christ • The Body of Christ • The Bride of Christ The ORGANIC CHURCH (ekklesia) is a spiritual organism rather than an organizational institution ORGANIC implies an entity is alive and growing; living
  4. 4. Ekklesia, Greek • An assembly • Translated to “church” • Denoting a people called together Characteristics of the Ekklesia • According to the Apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42) • Doctrine • Fellowship • Breaking Bread (The Lord’s Supper) • Prayer • Informal, home meetings • Established community of believers • Shared accountability • Combination of elected and called leadership • Self-governing “churches” or gatherings • Daily fellowship • Identity in Christ, rather than affiliation (1 Corinthians 1:11-13) Ekklesia The New Testament Church Sound Doctrine FellowshipBreaking Bread Prayer
  5. 5. ReFOCUS Spectator Model • “Professional” leadership • Tiered structure • Linear, singular accountability • Scheduled fellowship • Controlled assembly • Focus on receiving • Leadership dictates Participative Model • Servant leadership • Webbed structure • Joint accountability • Frequent fellowship • Free flowing assembly • Focus on sharing • Leadership directs From Entertainment to Edification
  6. 6. 1 CORINTHIANS 14 • Operate in love (vs. 1) • Always aim to edify (vs. 12) • Bring songs, doctrine (messages), revelation, prophecy, tongues, etc. (vs. 26) • Speak in tongues with interpretation (vs. 27-28) • Prophesy and judge the prophecy (vs. 29, 32-33) • Study and ask questions before gathering to ensure minimal interruptions (vs. 34- 35) • Desire to prophesy, that others will be edified; do not forbid speaking in tongues (vs. 39) • All things must be done decently and in order (vs. 40) • Teach and admonish one another (Colossians 3:16) • Don’t limit the Holy Spirit; Prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5:14-22) • Don’t neglect or avoid fellowship (Hebrews 10:24-25) • Every one should minister as assigned and graced by God (1 Peter 4:10-11) • All prophesy points to Christ (Revelation 19:10) OTHER BIBLICAL GUIDELINES Rules of Engagement Guidelines for Corporate Gatherings
  7. 7. SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP FUNCTION • Spiritual Identity • Ascension Gifts • Apostle • Prophet • Evangelist • Pastor • Teacher • Called and anointed by God • Assigned to the Body of Christ • Unlimited jurisdiction • Attention to spiritual growth and needs • Variable POSITION • Spiritual Election • Church Position • Elders/Bishops • Deacons • Called and elected by men • Abilities may be acquired or learned • Positions to be desired • Appointed by God through the approval of men • Jurisdiction within the local assembly • Attention to natural needs • Static ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP New Covenant Leadership
  8. 8. Matthew 15:3 • But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? Mark 7:8, 13 • For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. • Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. Renewing the Mind
  9. 9. Study the Word of God • Get understanding; use your resources • Ask questions Change Your Mindset • Let go of tradition • Remove pride; release control • Be open to change • Check your motives • Overcome fear Be Open to the Holy Spirit • Operate by faith • Be diligent in prayer Take Responsibility • Be willing to sacrifice • Be accountable to and for others • Challenge yourself and others Breaking Traditions
  10. 10. Organic Worship Reviving the New Testament Model for Christian Fellowship and Assembly 2014, Breath of Life International Church