Who, me, call a meeting?

“Calling” meetings, gatherings, breaking of bread (love feasts) can be done by any of the Royal Priesthood.  One reason that “we’re movin so slow” is that the Body has been innoculated from this fact, and, what happens? Everyone waits for everyone else to call the meeting, to get together – looking to ‘leaders’. If you’re waiting for a genuine leader to lead you, these days, you’re gonna wait forever, and miss out on so much.  But its not for us, what we could miss out on, its a matter of what has God ordained, what is His plan? Anyone who cares for His glory (worship) will only want to find and do His will, His way.  We still need more “renewing of our minds” (Rom 12:1-2) that we might know and walk in all the will of God, His good and perfect will.
Ok, there’s a number of issues (questions) which will inevitably rise to the surface here. Wanna discuss them?
ian.

16 Responses to “Who, me, call a meeting?”

  1. Jamie Says:

    Ian… thought about this a long while back when nothing was going on as far as getting with other believers. I admit I could come up with the excuses, and still can.
    “The house is a mess” — The floors need finishing– this isn’t right that isn’t right”… It’s all in how bad you want to do it.

    We have had a couple over who are new Christians, and we would go to their house… sharing meals together. But, this is with people we know really good and are good friends with. On week-ends it’s easy to be selfish with your time, etc.
    I will say there’s a few unsaved friends who drop in every now and then unannounced and it seems like a natural thing. Don’t mind it at all.
    I am more comfortable with that than having a meeting with believers. Strange.

    Right now we are attending a little fellowship so maybe I’m off the hook for a little while longer.
    How many excuses did you count in all that?? LOL

  2. Jamie Says:

    PS…
    I believe the reason I feel the way I do is because we came out of a church environment that judged everything outwardly.

  3. ianvincent Says:

    That’s good to hear Jamie.

    When your close friends come over for a meal, do they understand that you are meeting in Jesus’ name as a local branch / expression of His one Church? That it’s just as much church as anything else, and no less?

    If not, it would be good to discuss this reality.

  4. Mark Finger Says:

    I get tired of being the one who principally drives the issue …

    One Sister asks to meet, which is good.

    One couple likes me to come over to their home, which is okay, as they are somewhat disabled.

    If this was the consistent reality for more Christians, God would establish more Divine connections: as it is, assembling is a static process with most; they only meet with other ‘official’ members in a rigorously orchestrated pattern.

    Oh wait, I’m complaining … NEVER MIND! (toothy grin)

  5. Mark Finger Says:

    Gained a new person to meet with the other day, however!

  6. Jamie Says:

    Mark..
    “”Divine connections: as it is, assembling is a static process with most; they only meet with other ‘official’ members in a rigorously orchestrated pattern””

    Strangly enough.. when I read Ians comments the more ‘official meetings’ is what popped into my mind. I guess it’s ingrained is us to think like that when we here the word “meetings”. Uuuugg!
    It is as simple as just visiting friends and allowing fellowship to flow out of our hearts– just because we’ve been with God. So simple as compared to the traditional meaing of a meeting.

    In answer to Ian’s question: Yes, I do tell them having church is as simple as meeting anywhere and fellowshipping in Christ. It doesn’t have to be at the church building. I have told them that several times, and it has proven itself out. I think they ‘get it’.

  7. ianvincent Says:

    Just wrote something deep and meaningful and then lost it. o well.

  8. Jamie Says:

    I think everything the Holy Spirit gives us is deep and meaningful, yet easily understood, “eh”

  9. ianvincent Says:

    Just the dry Aussie self-deprecating humor sister. Actually, a lot of the sayings which we Aussies sprout are not very deep or meaningful, she’ll be right, mate.

  10. Jamie Says:

    I didn’t know if you needed encouragement or what; I get it now. You know how this type of communication can be sometimes!

    Have a good day– or night, bro!

  11. ianvincent Says:

    No worries, mate.

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    BTW, meeting means to meet at Jesus’ feet – kindred spirits, united in Christ, common-union, and the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus the Son.

  12. Jamie Says:

    “”BTW, meeting means to meet at Jesus’ feet – kindred spirits, united in Christ, common-union, and the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus the Son.””

    Good definition!!

  13. ianvincent Says:

    BTW, in addition, “meetings” or getting together (whatever we want to call it) would also be defined as the convergence / meeting / sharing / operation / for mutual benefit (being Jesus’ glory) OF THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT (1 Cor. 14 for e.g.).

    Without the operation of the Holy Spirit thru the saints we don’t have a church meeting, just a social gathering. House fellowships need to be aware of this, that they don’t, by default (absence of gifts), just become a social group over coffee.

  14. Jamie Says:

    We have no house fellowships like that in the area I live in. We have the false “revolutionists” (ooc movement) -No power, no respect for scripture, no building up in the Lord. Their doctrine is the ills of the IC.
    God has called a remnant out to Himself in the U.S. We have to seek Him and let Him add the fellowship less we get entangeled in the false vine.

    I agree with what you said, Ian. I’ve personally been in some of those social gatherings. I also know what it’s like to be where the power of God is; there’s no comparison when there’s healing, diliverance, and seeing God move through His people. I want to drink from a well of live, not a stagnant pond.

  15. Jamie Says:

    Should have said, dEliverance- not diliverance! and drink from a well of LIFE, not live. For Petes sake!!

  16. ianvincent Says:

    I hear what you’re saying Jamie. Those “revolutionists” are in Australia as well.

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