|Third Day - like a Mighty Hurricane||| Print ||
|Written by drk|
|Tuesday, 16 September 2008 12:04|
The Third Day Church
Years ago, Mel Tori wrote a book called, "Like A Mighty Wind." Those of us around then, loved the stories about what was spiritually happenning in far distant lands. Well...
The wind is stirring once again in the mulberry bushes! But, this time it's "Like A Mighty Hurricane!" Can you hear it?
My friend, do you know the direction of the wind? The wind blows where it will… and so is everyone who is born of the spirit…
Just as we have had unusual weather in the natural where lots of hurricanes (or typhoons depending upon where you live) form, we have even a greater storm in the Church! If we take a close look at the technological advancements of today, we see a rapid growth in all that we thought we understood.
That’s much like it is in today’s church.
We see from history that with every major shift in civilization there was a critical mass that created a synergistic inertia to force change. That’s what’s happening today in our technology, our culture, and also in our church.
In the sixteenth century, the first Church Reformation happened when Martin Luther rediscovered essential core meaning of the gospel. The revelation of “salvation by faith” gave humanity a new understanding about Scripture. Many called this a “Reformation of Theology!”
Again, in the eighteenth century, further reformation happened when salvation was emphasized as a “personal intimacy” with Christ.
Christian Schwartz, a researcher in German church-growth, suggests that we are in the era of a third Reformation. We see through the blowing trees that the Third Reformation is a reformation of the structure of how we actually "have" church. Today’s believers are thrust into the new concept of coming out from the four walls and become relevant to culture and society – just like God intended it to be in the first place!
The tempest winds of change now drive a huge “critical mass.” The winds of change have become like a gigantic hurricane - one that brings destruction to much of the old way of doing things. Our traditional methods lay in rubble and are left behind.
"A day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day," II Peter 3:8; Psalm 90:4
The "first day church" was concerned with personal sin and repentance.
The "second day church" was concerned with personal Gifts.
Our preoccupation with SELF must be left behind so that the resurrected "third day church" can be unrestricted.
The wind of change is not accepted by everyone. During this storm, many believers look for the way to the great escape! Many leaders still try to batten down the hatch, "hunker in," and hang on inside the old way of doing things. But, the old structure is blowing away! Totally. The roof is already gone! The steeple - GONE! The pews - no more. The stucture? In ruins.
During this storm, the purpose of leadership is to provide stability and safety. We are to forecast upcoming probabilities. We are to predict ways of directing massive traffic to new destinations. We are to empower the masses to new levels of overcoming and to empower them to lead even larger armies to rescue the lost and hurting.
It's time to get out of the building, it's falling.
It’s time to rebuild new stuctures that are not like before.
It’s time to study and discover Present Truths.
Get ready, for the fresh breath of newness is settling into this Third Day Church Reformation. New models of government are arising. New Melchizedek truth is coming forth.
It’s not about having meetings anymore. It’s not about having more goose bumps over one more personal prophecy. We need to fulfill the prophecies we have already received! It’s about being effective in our world. It’s about taking nations for the Lord. It’s about establishing radical change for good.
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