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TRUE FOUNDATIONS - MULTIPLICITY OF MINISTRY part a

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Hebrews 5:12-6:6


“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Heb 5:12-6:6).


Prepare To Establish The Multiplicity of Ministry!

Those in “ministry” may at times feel the loneliness of the call, the frustration of the work, or sense a great personal lack in regard to the task set before them. A large part of our confusion is laying in our perception that the struggle of process is of the enemy and consider only the blessing to be of God. FURTHERMORE, we interpret blessing to be anything that achieves OUR GOAL OR DESIRE IN THE WORK OF GOD, NEVER REALIZING THAT OUR GOAL OR DESIRE MAY NOT BE HIS!

We often define that which causes struggle as being contrary to the fulfillment of our goals and desires, and therefore of the enemy. We have not properly considered that struggle and affliction could be sanctioned by God and be of far greater value in His purpose than the end for which we look. OUR STRUGGLES, OBSTICLES, & FRUSTRATIONS, OUR FEARS, DISCOURAGEMENTS, AND OPPOSITIONS ARE MOST LIKELY WORKING FOR US, NOT AGAINST US! They all work toward the moment – the time in which God resets our spiritual clocks – and old things give way to the new.


2Co 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”




UNDERSTANDING THAT THE REWARD IS IN THE PROCESS!


God is not result oriented but process oriented! He has already determined the outcome and settled His Word in the Heavens. It is not a question of IF HIS WILL shall be done, but HOW & BY WHOM! He is seeking obedience, not sacrifice. Therefore, His focus is not like ours. We see a task, and we look for its completion. We have a church building to finish, pews to fill, or a mission to establish! We see the blessing of God only in our ability to fulfill the desire we think is His will.

In God, PROCESS AND RESULT ARE ALWAYS LINKED to one another! He is process oriented! Each step along the road to our development is as important to God as the final result! He is not only looking to achieve some ultimate purpose but also to have the pattern of Christ formed within each of us. This requires constant, as well as SPIRIT-MEASURED, change within each of us.

God sees the end from the beginning. HE sees in whole and not just in part! HE SEES ALL OF IT! God sees the fulfillment of His will in the sanctification of our souls through process leading to our establishment on Christ.


Isa 46:9 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,”
Isa 46:10 “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”


If we as ministry desire to establish God’s order within our settings (A MULTIPLICITY OF MINISTRY), we need to first have a clear vision of what it is that He would have us do. Our organization and planning mean very little if what we are planning for is NOT FULLY IN THE PURPOSE OF GOD! If our planning is only for what we think He would have us do, we may find that after years of labor we have endured great and unnecessary frustration. Our frustration may not be in doing the will of the Lord but as a result of trying to achieve our own agendas that we assumed were the will of the Lord.

EVERYTHING IN OUR MINISTRIES MUST BE PUT ON TRIAL FOR ITS VERY LIFE TO TEST WHETHER THESE THINGS BE OF GOD OR ROOTED IN OUR OWN DESIRE! We need to stop doing everything the Lord never told us to do, build, or say, even if it is good! Even good things are just things, but things nevertheless that are variance with His plan for us. This is necessary so that our desire is not in conflict with His purpose. We must learn to let the Spirit of Truth lead us past our ministerial aspirations and into His perfect Will!






To do this, we are required to ask the right questions!

Q: Did God tell me to do this?
Q: How do I know He told me to do this?
Q: Am I gauging my understanding of His will on what I desire to see and not on what I know?
Q: Am I applying ministry out of my traditions and habits?
Q: Have we done some things for so long that the very longevity and acceptance by others proves their validity to us?
Q: How is this fulfilling the vision given to me?

SOMETIMES EVEN MIGHTY APOSTLES HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME HEARING GOD

As the most heralded of the original twelve apostles, Peter and his relationship with Jesus has inspired a multitude of sermons. He is always given first position in the listing of them. Even though his right to apostleship isn’t in question, sometimes his motives and understandings were!

Peter was a great apostle, true! He was the keynote speaker on the birthday of the church! He was beaten and thrown in jail for giving supremacy to the voice of the Spirit of God over the voices of men. However, his ability is not being questioned here, yet his past motives have! Even his casting of his shadow was seen to bring healing, but yet he is still and was just a man!

This warrior sold out to Christ for the message of the cross is one that we all take recognition to and with; however, this great man of God had to learn a very important lesson, and vital spiritual principle – EVERYTHING IN MINISTRY MUST BE PUT ON TRIAL FOR ITS VERY LIFE!

In the will of God, salvation included not only the Jews, but also the GENTILES! This was a startling prospect not only for Peter but also for the entire CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY at the time of ACTS chapter 10. Peter had a deep relationship with Jesus and was mightily used of God. He could not, however, see past his tradition, assumptions, and prejudices. He had a difficult time seeing that salvation was also for the Gentiles and an even harder time convincing the Church. In fact, there was even some of the circumcision who never would be convinced.

THEREFORE IT TOOK A POWERFUL VISION – ANGELIC INTERVENTION – a supernatural act of the Holy Spirit to change his ministry. It would even take intervention of PAUL (ACTS 11:17b) to awaken this mighty giant to become a giant might for the Kingdom in and with the GENTILES!










Let’s review GALATIONS chapter 2 to discover this:

Gal 2 “Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”


It was one thing to believe that Gentiles could be saved; it was quite another to overcome the prejudice of others and the need to be accepted by one’s peers. It was here in Galatians chapter two that we see Peter’s very ministry put on trial for its very life! Paul corrected Peter, the BEDROCK we like to proclaim him to be. GOD HAD PETER PUT EVERYTHING ON TRIAL FOR ITS LIFE! To Peter’s credit, he was willing to change. Though it is no doubt meant certain criticism by some of the circumcision, he yielded to the voice of God!





Peter had to allow process to bring forth God’s intended result. He had to allow God to put Peter’s most fervent beliefs, his most sacred traditions to be placed on trial! When ministry is unwilling to do learn this lesson, it impedes its own future! Our religious traditions, trainings, and biases withstand the will of God, and therefore, as a result, end in frustration, anger, and even death! THIS IS NOT ALONE, EITHER! Ministry desiring God’s fullness must allow that it has come to understand about the order of ministry, formed by religious doctrines, to be put on trial in the Heavenly court!

Understanding and implementing a multiplicity of ministry is the only result that enables the principle to become established and set in order as the House that God is building is being established! THIS REQUIRES CHANGE! As with Peter, those willing to allow God to put their heartfelt beliefs and unrecognized prejudices on trial will find the will of God as it relates to the multiplicity of ministry.


FOUNDATION OR SUBSTRUCTURE OF MINISTRY?

FAILURE IN MINISTRY is almost always related to improper foundations, and unsuitable traditions as it relates to its own desire and false attempt to become something that it is not! The problem is that the weakness is often not visible until what is built begins to crumble. By this time it is usually too late to redo or re-substructure! Ministries become obsessed with trying to hold on to things they’ve worked so hard to acquire, often spending years trying to shore up crumbling works rather than establishing proper foundations.

In the 1940’s, the White House (138 years old) was falling apart! They had to rebuild it!

LIKEWISE! The present day church that put extensive time and commitment into building a religious façade, portraying what they deem to be a beautiful exterior to the public but giving little if any attention to the substructure. WITHOUT PROPER FOUNDATIONS, NO WORK OF MINISTRY WILL EVER LAST!

In fact, if ministry is concerned only with that happens during its own lifetime, proper foundations will have little importance. The same curse of immaturity in modern society is a curse in the church as well. An immature church lives in single portions of God’s purpose and power rather than in the double portions of the generational blessing!

Consider the world we live in!!!

FAST PACED – FAST MONEY – ME FIRST – MONETARY MINDEDNESS

The church is no different!

No wonder the hypocrisy is recognized by the world! IS THE CHURCH BLIND?



WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION?


1Co 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”


Jesus is of course the foundation we speak of, however, there is levels that we need to recognize!

It is a clear pattern! We see it in the Book of Hebrews!


“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Heb 5:12-6:6).


Here we have six aspects of one foundation! Christ is the foundation, and that one foundation is found in six areas that must be completed in order to go on to perfection (MEANING MATURITY). IF WE DO NOT DESIRE PREFECTION THEN THERE IS NO REASON FOR US TO ESTABLISH PROPER FOUNDATION!

David said it this way… Psa 11:3 “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

MAJOR POINT TO MAKE = THE CHURCH HAS TROUBLE TO ESTABLISH ORDER BECAUSE ITS FOUNDATIONS ARE SO WEAK! IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH ORDER WE MUST FIRST BE WILLING TO COME INTO ORDER!

A: Repentance from dead works.






B: FAITH TOWARDS GOD



C: DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS







D: LAYING ON OF HANDS







E: RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD







F: ETERNAL JUDGMENT







THE FOUNDATIONS ARE THE UNDERLYING STRUCTURE THAT GIVES FORM AND STRENGTH TO ALL THAT IS ATTACHED TO IT OR PLACED ON IT!

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