Relational Christianity is a foundational building block of the Kingdom of God.
God's plans and purposes have always centered around the concept of relationships - after all, that is what covenant is all about.
People, not methods or meetings, have always been the center-piece of God's plan.
The Church, or "ekklesia", is the "body of Christ", the "house of God", the "family of God". What all of these have in common is relationships. A body is built of interconnected parts all joined together by various relationships. A house is built of various materials all joined together through various connections. A family is a small group of people that are connected and related to one another. All of these show us that God's desire is for His Church to be connected by relationships that bind us together into the "community of God".
In this section of the "Covenant Kingdom" let's begin to look at this relational aspect of the kingdom.
Relational Christianity is what the Church is all about.
If the church you are attending is not relational in its nature, it is an institutional structure that has no foundation in the Scriptures.
It is built on the "traditions of man", not the basic Christian community that we find in the New Testament.
Let me show you what I mean.
Have you ever felt like quitting church? If you have ever felt lonely and unimportant in church, there's a good reason.
You ARE alone and unimportant!!
From 10 to 12 on Sunday, you are just another pretty face in the crowd. Though surrounded by others, you're cut off.
This obviously is not a relational structure.
Tradition walls you off in your own little space and silences your voice except for a song or maybe an occassional responsive reading, etc.
Surrounded by an audience of trained mutes, you can find it as lonely as a solo trek across the Antarctic.
The service would be exactly the same without you.
Your impact on the meeting is like an extra gallon of water going over Niagara Falls.
Without the basic relational Christian community we see in the Scriptures, there can be no, or very little, true relational development among the people of God.
This is the product of life in the traditional institutional church whether Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, or other types of denominations. The traditions of men have hindered the development of true relational Christianity.
Matthew 15:8-9 -- "This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me, but in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the traditions of men."
Colossians 2:8 -- "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the traditions of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
The solution to this is the true relational Christianity that we see in the Scriptures.
The institutional church structure cannot be found in the New Testament because it was never God's intent for the followers of Jesus to have a meeting be the most important function of Christianity.
This entire ministry is dedicated to helping people find the truth of Scripture that will set them free from this traditional bondage in order to be the people of destiny that God intended them to be.
ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
Have you ever been in a meeting and during the sermon wanted to ask the speaker a question about what they meant by a statement they made, but couldn't?
Have you ever been in a meeting and desired to be used by God to minister to or pray for someone, but couldn't because you weren't part of the "ministry team"?
Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the Lord's Supper, or communion, with a token cracker or wafer and a thimble full of something to sip or drink?
Have you ever wondered why we split families up during a meeting of the church sending children and teens to other rooms for meetings of their own?
Have you ever wondered why we have a "caste system" of clergy and laity while the Bible says we are all ministers and the only job of a pastor is to equip us to function, not just preach to us?
If the church is a family, how come when we get together for a meeting we sit in rows, look at the back of people's necks, and listen to someone give a speech? How can this foster anything relational? How can this be relational Christianity?
According to the Bible, these things should not be the way they are!! They are wrong!!
"When you come together, EVERYONE has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All of these MUST be done for the strengthening of the church." 1 Corinthians 14:26
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