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Jesus Can Lead His Own Church

deacon

By: Jordan Bunch

Hello Mr. Reverend-Deacon-Doctor.

Did you know Jesus doesn’t need you to head up HIS Church.  He is fully capable of doing that himself.  In fact, if He’s not the one leading it I have to ask, “Who’s church is that, yours or His?”

“And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”  ~Colossians 1:18

And yet you claim it is your church.  Your name is carved in stone on the building and on the sign facing the highway.  I’ve seen it there hundreds of times all over the country.

Why do you insist on putting your name on His church?

And another thing… Why do you insist on adding these prefix titles to your name?

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers and sisters.  And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.  Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.”  ~ Matthew 23:8-10

Do you not know that He is the one who leads all of his people.

Do you not know that he is the one who gives life to the church?

And do you not know that it is him, not you who transforms His people?

Yet you continue to puff yourself up as the one who has built a church and transforms a people, all the while couching everything in a language of humility.  Newsflash: You’re not fooling me, or anyone else my age.

“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.”  ~Colossians 2:18-19

So please Mr. Reverend-Deacon-Doctor.  If you want to continue what you are doing, at least stop calling it the church.  Call it what it is.  A social club centered around your puffed up personality.

Leave the Church to Jesus.  He can do just fine on his own.

Sincerely,

Audacious in Austin

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Kingdom Revolutionaries Pray

By: Jordan Bunch

A good test of whether or not you are about the work of Jesus’ Kingdom is how much you pray.  I’m not being a legalist here or anything.  So don’t go dusting off your old stopwatch to make sure you get in your 30 minutes a day.

Here’s what I’m saying.

If you are a person that believes that the Lord is at work to bring Heaven to earth (Matthew 6:10) then you understand that you can’t do this on your own.  You understand that it is the work of the Lord that brings about this in-breaking of Heaven on earth, not the work of men and women.

Case and point.

Two weeks ago, on a Monday night I got together with 7 other guys to pray.  We happened to be using a church building’s library as our gathering spot.  (Have you ever been to a church building on Monday night?  Its kinda creepy…)  Anyway, we had one of the guys bring his friends from an AA meeting to join us.  He had only been to a church once before.  Before we began, he mentioned that he didn’t know how to pray.  So we told him he could just talk to God as if He were there in the room with us.

His prayers were honest, raw, confessional, humble and beautiful.  The kind of prayers our Lord loves.

As we continued praying, the Lord laid it on my heart to pray for healing for this man.  So I asked if I could lay my hands on him and pray for him.  He agreed, and so I did.

After the prayer was over, I asked him how he was feeling.  “Fine” he said.  “How about in your heart?” I asked.  “I feel great!  But can I ask you a question?”  “Of course.”

“Do I need to be baptized to go to heaven?”

About a million things rushed through my mind as I waited.  I paused for 10 seconds or so, which seemed like an eternity as I hoped someone else might respond.

I then began by saying, “Different people are going to tell you yes and no to that question.  What I’ll tell you is this.  Following Jesus is like a journey.  Baptism is an extremely significant part of that journey.  When someone get’s baptized its their way of saying, ‘I’m putting the things of this world behind me, and now I’m going to follow Jesus.’  And when someone get’s baptized the Spirit of God comes in them in a new way that enables them to follow Jesus even better.  Baptism is a statement to the world that you are now a follow of Jesus.”

“Well that’s what I wanna do,” he said.  “I want to follow Jesus.”

We talked to him a while more, to make sure he understood what he was doing, and that he was not doing it out of fear, but out of a desire to follow the King that had just come into his heart to bring healing to it.  And then we baptized him there at the church building on a Monday night.

Amazing how God works!

Two weeks later…

We were gathered in the same spot to pray again.  Before we started, one of the guys there made a comment that he would like to leave 2 empty chairs in the circle in case the Lord wanted to use them somehow.  So we did.

We began by talking about our purpose in praying, how the Lord had already been doing great things through our prayers, etc.  About 20 minutes into that conversation, two guys came in, one of them was homeless, because they were looking for someone to pray with… at an empty church building… on Monday night…  Amazing.

Two of the guys went out to pray with them.

Then a few minutes later a father and son walked in because the son is new to the county and wants to meet “good people.”  We find out that they are Muslim’s from Iran.

So they join us in the two seats we had set aside to pray.  We teach them what our prayers look like, and then continue praying a blessing over our new young friend Muhammad.  You could see his heart warming up to us through this blessing.  He was soaking it all in.

We met today for lunch.  We prayed together and talked for a few hours.  I asked him to share some stories from his faith with me.  He shared the story of Noah’s ark (yes, that’s in the Koran too).  Then I got to share a few stories about Jesus with him.

I asked him to reflect on his experience praying with us on Monday night.  He said it was “beautiful to hear everyone in the community pray out loud.  I am so used to just hearing just one religious leader pray.  I loved hearing everyone pray and seeing how their faith meant so much to all of them.”

So this my friends, is why Kingdom Revolutionaries Pray.  Because the Lord does the heavy lifting.  We just have to show up and be a good friend.

Please let me know if you know of a family in East Dallas that would let Muhammad live with them for 2 semesters while he goes to Eastfield College.  He’s in a bit of a bind on the housing situation.  Thanks!

A Conversation Re-Awakes

Old Church

By: Jordan Bunch

If you are a student of Sociology, or if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past decade, then you are very well aware of the fact that the world is changing.  Not just your typical generational change either.  This is the kind of change that marks a new era.

This change is what Sociologists call the “Postmodern Shift.”  Meaning, we were once in an age known as “Modernity” or “The Modern Age” and now we are in a whole new age altogether.  However, since we are just at the beginning of this new age, we don’t exactly know what it will be like.  Thus we simply call it “Post-modernity.”

The impact of this shift on the world, and thus the Church cannot be over emphasized.

If you are a part of any church, you have no doubt felt this shift in a significant way.  It may have looked something like the following:

1) Sunday School attendance dwindling.
2) Styles of worship being drastically altered.
3) Worship service attendance shrinking.
4) The average age of church members skyrocketing.
5) Very few church members in their 20’s.
6) Emphasis on small groups over the larger assembly.
7) Teens leaving the Church after high school graduation.
8) Churches dying or merging due to financial constraints.

Many of you are highly concerned.  You should be.  If the Church does not adapt to this Post-Modern shift, it will die.

However, there is Good News.  The Church will NOT die.  God always has a plan for his people and in this new age, He is re-awakening the restorers of Christ’s Bride.

They are young and they are old.

They are fearless.

They do not care about the status-quo.

They do not care about the American Dream.

They could care less about your protocol or your policies.

They are passionately in love with Jesus.  They would follow Him to the depths of the earth.

They dream BIG.

They fight hard, but not with their fists, because they turn the other cheek.

They fight against individualism and lean deep into community.

They shake off the shackles of the traditions that are stale and meaningless,

Yet they grab hold of the ancient ones that give them life, because they are birthed out of the One who gives all life.

Have you seen them?

Can you hear them?

You won’t find them in a suit and tie

and neither will they stand by

While people are hated against for the color of the skin,

or for any other way that God made them.

There is a re-awakening of the dreamers, the non-violent fighters, the doers, the prayers, the story tellers, the world changers.

They are the Neo-Restorationists.

This is their story.

What is a Neo-Restorationist?

By: Jordan Bunch

A Neo-Restorationist is all about the cause of unity in the Body of Christ.

About 200 years ago, God raised up a diverse group of men and women from various Christian faith traditions with a calling to tear down the walls that divided them in order to join God in fulfilling Jesus’ final prayer before he was arrested and executed, “that they may be brought to complete unity.  So that the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  We called those men and women “Restorationists.”

The Neo-Restorationists are a diverse group of authors with a common passion.  We are missionaries, preachers, gardeners, students, writers, community activists, friends, wives, husbands, brothers and sisters…  We are on various journeys, but the love of Jesus unifies us.

The articles on this website are not all agreed upon by all of the authors.  It is not important that we agree on these topics.  However, it is important that we share in community and love with each other, because that is what Jesus wants from us.

This is how the world will know that Jesus is who He says He is.