HeartGroups Series; Part 4 of 5 – Appendix

Matthew 20.25-28—Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 23.8-12—”But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.HeartGroups Series

Part 4 – Appendix

Due to a small number of objections and questions that have come in from last week’s eSight on how our rejection of hierarchical leadership styles within the church is one of the ways we put on display that the rule of The Powers has come to an end, I felt that this week, rather than progressing with this series, I would share a portion of the New Testament research that collaborates and supports last week’s statements.

What I am offering this week is a ten-page document that is a basic compiling of some of the best New Testament scholarly research that we have available to us today on what the New Testament ekklesia actually looked like and how it functioned. Again this document is a compilation of the brightest and best research out there that I have been able to find to date. I have simply re-structured this research for easier reading, so that it can be passed on to you and to others in a more easily digestible fashion. This document reflects not simply my own conclusions (only a small portion of this material is from my own personal research) but of a vast majority of other scholars as well. (In other words, for those of you who are saying I’m a dreamer . . . “I’m not the only one.”)

This document is too lengthy to be posted in this email. But for those who are interested in the scholastic evidence for last week’s eSight (where we rejected all forms of hierarchical leadership styles rather than baptizing them) please check out the pdf I have posted at this link:

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It is my prayer that as we continue to process this information, in the light God’s character of radical, other-centered, self-sacrificial love as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, that God will have a people who finally reject Constantinian Christianity in favor of becoming those who look like their Master once again. 1700 years is far too long. The time has come for those who carry Jesus’ name to resemble, once again, what Jesus and His Kingdom where truly all about.

For those who were looking forward to a “devotional” this week, I want to offer you my humblest apologies. We will return to that format next week. This week, please take some time and give this information prayerful consideration. This is research our intellects can rest upon, so that our hearts can passionately embrace the “New Creation,” the Ekklesia, we have in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5.17).

Happy Reading and keep enlarging the Kingdom!

I love you guys,

I’ll see you next week.