CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGION -- IT IS A RELATIONSHIP!!
Basic Christian Community is the lifestyle we see in the Scriptures and is developed in small groups of people who are related by their common life of God in them through the Holy Spirit.
If you are a part of God's "ekklesia" and have been called out of the kingdom of darkness and are "born again" you are in a covenant relationship with God through Jesus and with all others who are part of the "ekklesia".
Have you ever wondered how we transformed from a small community of committed followers of Jesus that we see in the Bible to the institutional style of Christianity we see practiced today?
Covenant Kingdom Ministries is all about helping people to know God, understand His ways, and live the life He intended for us.
When I say that Christianity is not a religion that is not totally correct. There are 2 kinds of Christianity.
One is what we see in the Bible that is meant to be a relational community in nature. It is identified with descriptive terms such as:
These are all terms of relationship. This Biblical type of Church is the relational church we see in the Scriptures.
The other is the "religion" called Christianity that is formed around institutionalism, hierarchies, meetings, buildings, and an incredible amount of "busy" stuff called programs of the church to keep your time committed to being inside a building called "the church".
This style of church ministries can be call a "program designed church".
The religion of Christianity is like the religion of Buddhism, Hinduism, or Judaism.
Religions are governed by "rules" whereas the followers of Jesus are to be guided by the Spirit within them.
This is the essence of the New Covenant
Jesus said, "I came that you might have LIFE, and might have it abundantly." (John 10:10)
He has given us the LIFE OF THE SPIRIT, not a set of rules in a book. This is the basic difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.
The New Covenant is LIFE and Spirit, not rules!!!!
This site is committed to helping you to understand the difference between the the "Church" (or "ekklesia") that Jesus is building and the religion developed around the "traditions of men" that men call the church.
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.
Remember, both Jesus and Paul warned us about "the traditions of men".
Are you in covenant with Jesus and functioning as sons of God in His kingdom, or are we followers of a denomination or religious group that has a particular interpretation of the Scriptures that appeals to us as individuals?
Let me give you a little bit of my personal background so you can see where I am coming from. I was raised as a Roman Catholic and went to both the Catholic services and the Episcopalian services and I served as an adult assistant to the priest in the Episcopal church. When I was 25 I had an encounter with Jesus that transformed my life. I did not cry, or have an emotional experience, I simply made a decision to reject the kingdom of darkness and enter into the kingdom of God. I simply repented of life in rebellion toward Jesus and His kingdom. That decision has changed my life forever and put me on the path of a radical transformation.
Over the years, God has led me into service in several different arenas. I have been a senior associate at a large 1500+ member Assembly of God, I have served as an Administrator building church facilities, I have pioneered and built a new independent fellowship of believers, I have gone on missions trips to Haiti, and I have been involved with both cell group based groups as well as house church based groups. So as you can see I have a varied background having served in both the large institutional style ministry as well as the small house group style of ministry. I have seen and experienced both institutionalism and basic Christian community.
Because of my experiences I have been challenged over the years by the Holy Spirit to search the Scriptures for truth concerning the Christian lifestyle and the more I search the more I have to turn towards the small basic community of the followers of Jesus as the pattern that Jesus left us to follow. So for many years I have endeavored to help other followers of Jesus and other ministries to discover the truths I have found in the Word of God.
After all, TRUTH IS NEVER ORIGINAL....IT IS DISCOVERED, NOT INVENTED!!
I believe that the things of God are much easier and simpler than we have made them.
God's design for our lives, or life in the Spirit, has to be easy so that the most ordinary person can live it.
It has to be natural.
I describe it as naturally supernatural.
It can't be something that requires the reading of a great many books, or the listening of a great many teaching tapes, or the watching of a great many Christian television programs, or the attending of a great many "Church" meetings.
It is something that is so easy to do that a person with no education and no ability to read can learn how to live by faith and how to walk in the Spirit.
When we come into God's way of life we are not coming into some strange new thing that is totally alien to us as human beings.
It is the natural way for the human to function.
The life in the Spirit is the way God intended all men and women to live from the very beginning, in harmony with all of the natural laws of the universe.
It is very normal.
After-all, didn't God start the human family in a garden setting?
God never intended us to be religious and experience Him only by going to meetings and being good moral people.
He wanted us to know Him intimately and experience Him in an ongoing vital union.
He used the illustration of a vine and its branches to show us this relationship He wants with us. He is the source of all LIFE and He desires to give us that same quality of life by being in union with Him just like a branch receives its life by being in union with the vine.
When I speak of Christian community this is where we have the opportunity to share the LIFE God has given to us with one another in small intimate settings, or in a restaurant, or over a cup of coffee, or in a Bible study group, or at a cookout in someones backyard, or maybe even playing a little basketball, or sandlot football.
The life God wants us to live is natural, relational, and is not to be mystical or hyper-spiritual.
The word "community" can be broken down into its component parts that show us that living in "community" is nothing more than having a "life in common" and we share it in "unity".
GOD WANTS OUR HEART, NOT OUR RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES
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