Letter to Believers
To my fellow workers and those called of Jesus Christ-
Grace and Peace to you in this day of renewed beginnings.
It cannot be a mere saying of intellect when any individual claims the name of Christ or Christian for themselves. In this day of chaos and evil in the world it could not be more essential for each of us to understand what God says is true toward those He has called into His family and fellowship. Each of us as individuals have had a variety of experiences in our walk with Christ and those generally dictate what our specific belief system will be (those things that make up the content of our beliefs or religion). We have a tendency to follow the beliefs of the fellowship we attend, though rarely do we question whether those who teach us are correct in their attempt to rightly divide the Word of Truth (explaining accurately what the Bible truly says to us). Seldom is a person found who studies to show themselves approved unto God by studying His Word and praying that He Himself would reveal the one and only truth. This is our greatest need today lest we become deceived by the constant changes in Christian circles everywhere.
It is not surprising that statistics show that many if not the majority of people in this world consider themselves spiritual or at least hold to some form of religion. Most people would want to believe they are accepted by God and doing as is often said, the best that they can. Unfortunately for most of these people, they do not understand God’s means of acceptance, forgiveness and a personal relationship with Him. In attempting to earn their own righteousness they will seal their fate as many before them.
Many people in this world are aware of the ongoing differences between so-called Christian “churches” who all claim to know the truth, and even a little about those who exhibit an exclusive attitude toward anyone who may or may not accept or agree with their particular way of thinking. Some will use these differences as an excuse to reject Christ, forever searching for a deeper meaning in their life experience. Sadly enough, we as believers for too often give them reasons to do so.
Over the years I have personally attended many different church denominations and experienced the widespread diversity among them. Many of these experiences have been joyous though some extremely painful. I also question why things are so far from what Jesus taught His followers. It is because of these sorrows that I believe My Father has led me to remember what was once known as, an assembly of saints, and according to the Bible’s original manuscripts, the Ekklesia of God. There are several reasons why I have chosen to refer to what we’ve far too long have called “Church” for those who desire to know Christ intimately and the power of His cross in their lives. First I believe these terms accurately denote several primary things; the simplicity of the gospel message and gatherings, a practical application of mutual edification among all believers through the use of spiritual gifts and the remembrance and preeminence of Jesus among us. In history past, these were just a few of the daily priorities among the saints, almost forgotten in our day and age. Those former saints had a heart and home in heaven and no one thing or no one could take that away from them. With our ancestors, godliness alone was contentment for they knew in whom they believed, often paying any price to retain what their Lord had promised them.
Secondly, I believe Jesus is faithfully continuing to reveal His heart for His Ekklesia to those who are in earnest in seeking Him out. This includes a series of truths that have often been neglected over the years but are being revealed to many outside the camp of man’s religions. I am not referring to some form of new revelation as some do in error, but rather the ancient paths that have always been foundational to a godly lifestyle but lost in the business type atmosphere of many modern day churches. The Lord knows those who are truly His and they cannot but follow His voice.
Thirdly, I believe that because faithful Christians stand against this world’s tide of sin, that people in various high places will attempt to silence or destroy each Christians faith, testimony or even life as they have in one form or another throughout history. I believe it is possible and even likely that the true Ekklesia of God will be forced underground as it once was and still is in parts of the world today. This is not as some say a hiding from persecution as much as it is preserving the precious truths of our God for others in need. If for some reason you’re tempted to think otherwise, consider the fact that true fellowship is all about knowing Christ more, and that doesn’t exclude knowing Him in His humiliation, rejection and suffering. True saints know well the need to embrace death in order to gain Christ’s life. We are not so foolish to believe that the peace that exists in the west will last, nor is it the peace we have or are looking for. We know what’s coming and aim to be prepared for it.
It is important for you to understand that our intent is not another church on the corner wherein we are recruiting others to come and listen to our version of the truth. It is nothing of the sort. Rather, our aim is to encourage believers to know and glorify God- not by using worldly methods and marketing tools but rather through the power that comes from embracing His truth by faith and walking in obedience. This life naturally exhibits true love and service toward others.
In addition, I believe all Christians are diversely gifted and talented. Some of you may have earnestly desired to serve God yet were rejected for one reason or another. You may have become frustrated due to the things you have experienced, namely compromise, so that you have settled for less than God’s best through you. I tell you the truth, God has not abandoned you, nor has He forgotten the love you have shown to Him and His mission on earth.
Christianity is not about doing things for God, as it is allowing Christ to work through us to the glory of God (The Father). I hope you will find Him again as your first love, and recognize that you have value in Him.
As Christians, we firmly believe what the Bible teaches, in that Biblical truth must be learned in an orderly fashion, that precept is based upon precept. Even in the simplest of building projects a foundation must be laid first, and then the structure must be built one section at a time. One step must be built and joined to another in order for the structure to be sound. We have witnessed both in the spiritual and material realms what happens when a structure is built improperly. Is this the reason we must be careful when building upon another man’s foundation? As an example, three entire chapters of truth and declaration are presented to the Ephesian ekklesia prior to the command in Ephesians 4:1 which states;
“I, therefore, [as a result of the preceding truths spoken] the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called……” In like fashion, Paul the apostle once again declares more marvelous truths to the Roman assembly [chapters 1-11] before the command is given in Romans 12:1, 2;
“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual [rational or reasonable] service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable and perfect”
Any attempt to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, based for example upon Romans chapter three about justification by faith is not mere impractical but impossible. No matter how sincere the individual, it will prove to be a mere imitation (wwjd?) when put to the test. The truths in chapters 4-11 simply cannot be skipped over. As it was and still is, Calvary precedes Pentecost!
Much of our frustration and inability to establish sound stable growth in Christ is a direct result of trying to skip over or neglect certain truths in God’s Word. There are no shortcuts to maturing in Christ. Therefore, if this understanding is not imparted to those desiring to grow in Christ, they will continue to flounder in the faith all the while wondering why they fail to overcome their sins with God’s help. Worse yet, those who do not find the freedom they rightfully seek and need will be all the more vulnerable to a quick fix solution offered by the enemy. Is it any wonder that so many of God’s people are caught up in emotionalism, fanaticism, mysticism, purpose-driven isms and all manner of emerging philosophies of men? If we don’t share with them the truth, someone else will offer them the lie.
History shows that the time God’s people had the greatest impact upon people in the world was the time when they had nothing to do with the world. Worldliness has stifled the people of God and their outreach. To think for one moment that a believer can live for themselves, court the favor of this world, enjoy its passing pleasures and still reach others for Christ is silly. All such false religion is despised by the Master and will only court the divine displeasure and judgment of God Almighty- and not soon enough.
Every loyal “church” leader desires to walk faithfully and have those in their? fellowship do the same. Therefore, only one question remains and rightfully directed toward those leaders. Am I willing to lay down my life for my friends? Yes, it may cost me my home, my family, my income, surely my preferences, rights and many a church member along the way. Indeed to be faithful, it will cost me my very life. No doubt this does sound extreme in our day, even ridiculous to some. Certainly this truth doesn’t gain much attention as leaders are found everywhere stealing from the sheep, living it up and refusing to let go of what they say God gave to them. Take heed oh worldly “pastor” who suppresses the sheep at every turn, who refuses to let them speak, make decisions or challenge your so-called authority granted by men. It is you who the rock will crush! Consider this oh worldly “priest” who loves to stand before the people, ignore God’s priesthood, covet God’s resources and lord it over His people-
“Do not think I came to bring peace on the earth, I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be members of his household. [consider the members of your man made church who are even now departing from you] “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My names sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:34-39)
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13) We the people have changed.
Every problem in the modern day church system as well as the entire body of Christ can be linked to one thing. Either a refusal or an ignorance of each believer’s need to accept God’s death sentence upon Adam’s nature in them. The very result of the appropriation of this truth would render us powerless to either defend ourselves or retain anything we believe is our “right” as individuals. It would lead us to live out the verse “we are not our own, for we have been bought with a price.” In our day, we have learned to exchange sacrificing this or that sin as a substitute for dying to ourselves. In other cases it becomes the opposite of this, attempting to overcome evil with excessive religious activity, meetings or service. Nonetheless, neither will bring about God’s desired result. No amount of church work, giving of money or any other thing will suffice. Life [Christ’s resurrection life] stems only from death. Herein lies the root of our problems.
When was the last time we heard this from the pulpit?
….and may be found in Him [in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ] not having a righteousness of my own derived from the law [earning our own righteousness through self-effort (good works) but [rather] that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith" (Philippians 3:9) We hear this necessary beginners truth almost too much. Teaching is necessary so ….. “that I may know Him [initially in the verse above at conversion and below in a deep and meaningful way] and the power of His resurrection [as a result of] the fellowship of His sufferings [having been] conformed to His death, that I may [literally; if somehow] attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:9, 10)
First, note that the above resurrection isn’t talking about heaven or going there. It is specifically talking about resurrection power in our service here on earth which only stems from having been conformed unto His death. It does not occur as a result of some special baptism of power subsequent to conversion as many teach. Still want to be like Jesus? Then embrace the death Jesus purchased for you. As a result, you will hopefully stop seeking an experience to validate your faith and possess all the power you need as you learn to “die daily.” We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 4:11; 5:7)
Secondly, notice that these verses go together. First, the cross for our justification [freedom from the penalty of sin]and also the cross for our emancipation [freedom from sins power in our lives]. In this manner Jesus died and left an example to follow in His steps [believing in what He accomplished as the means to living the Christian life, His life in and through us]. (Philippians 2:1-8)
If the body ever had a need, it is to hear the whole gospel truth. O’ Christ Crucified, truly the power and wisdom of God!
It is our motive in this endeavor to prompt our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith to seriously consider their ways in light of the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures. We have done what God has enabled us to do by reading, study and prayer to present the primary growth truths of our faith in a clear and concise format. We truly believe that exercising faith in the truths of the Scriptures will bring a result that will truly glorify our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
It should be noted that although the primary contributors to this site do interact and fellowship with other believers along these lines, we have no intention of starting a new ministry of any kind. We fully believe our Lord when He states, “I will build My Ekklesia,” and therefore see our purpose as those who would help individual members of the body to walk as Jesus walked in their particular locale. Only Jesus Himself is capable of bringing together the particular body parts into an assembly in any given place. That is not, and should not be the aim of any individual Christian. In God’s time and in His way He will prepare the hearts of those He is calling out of man’s institutions, heal them of the wounds they have suffered and inflicted upon others, establish them in ekklesia truth and practice and then bring them into the place He has prepared for them. Only after these things can an individual be useful in their Lords hands through the gifts He has chosen to grant them.
It is important that you pray extensively and study the entirety of this site [through the lens of Scripture] before considering any type of involvement with others fellowshipping along these lines. We do hope you will contact us concerning the content of these pages. We will respond to you as quickly as we are able. Our personal goal in Christ and toward you is love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. Our prayer for His family and ours will be;
Be not unbelieving, but believing