In the church world, there’s a lot of discussion about different “models” of “doing church”.
We hear about the institutional church model, the home church model, the simple church model, the multiplication model, and so on.
But I would submit that our spiritual life and the ekklesia is not about any model, but rather about life.
Every believer and group of believers can rely on the in-the-moment direction of Jesus, rather than following a prescribed method.
This quote illustrates this point:
“In 1980, Carlos Ortiz did an interview with the Wittenburg Door. Here is a little snippet of it that gets to the heart of what matters.
[One] evidence of immaturity in the church is the need for rules and laws. Children live by rules. They take a bath or brush their teeth because they are told to do it . . . . Suppose the Lord tells me to eat an orange. So I eat the orange and sincerely believe that God has led me. Tomorrow, the Lord tells me to eat an orange again. So what happens? The next day I write down a rule to eat an orange every day. And do you see what that does? Now I don’t need the Spirit anymore. I have a law instead. Laws kill life. Laws stop growth. You end up staying with a concept, a principle, or a doctrine rather than life. What we did yesterday in the Spirit, we do today in the flesh.”
(Posted on FB by Jon Zens, 3-22-2016)
What are your thoughts or experiences with this?
To me, this means that there is no preset model, except to know Jesus and learn together how to listen to Him and follow Him.