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The Kind of Church We Want to Be

by Jason Ashe

A church where the love of God is a foundation and continual revelation (John 17:23, Romans 5:5, 8:39).


A church were the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus never becomes old news (Revelation 5:9).


A church where God alone is glorified, not man (Matthew 5:14, John 7:18).


A church that is simply devoted to Jesus in love, that preaches the true gospel, is attested to by the true Holy Spirit, and rejects all counterfeits (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).


A church where the members flee from the love of money and the love of honour (1 John 2:15-16, 1 Timothy 6:10-11).


A church where mammon (material wealth) is under our feet (Matthew 6:24).


A church where living before God in private takes precedence over activity (Matthew 7:21-23, Hebrews 4:13, John 6:38).


A church where Satan has no authority (John 14:30, Matthew 16:18).


A church where no provision is made for the flesh (Romans 13:14).


A church were fellowship is determined by being born again, love for one another, and walking in the light (1 John 1:7).


A church where ministry begins in the home (1 Timothy 3:4-5).


A church where answered prayer (specific requests) is normal (John 15:7).


A church where unbelievers know us by our love for one another (John 15:12).


A church where every member is valued (John 15:12, 1 Corinthians 12).


A church where various gifts of the Spirit are active (1 Corinthians 14:1).


A church where all authority is given from God (Matthew 28:18-20).


A church where submission is understood, never imposed and joyfully embraced (Ephesians 5:21-22, 1 Corinthians 11, 1 Peter 5:1-4).


A church where the humble take leadership (where leaders are raised up from within rather than recruited) (Matthew 20:26, 1 Peter 5:3, Titus 1:5).


A church where children are taught to fear God by word and deed (Deuteronomy 6:7, Ephesians 6:4).


A church where the sisters are valued and continually encouraged to seek grace to do everything that a man cannot do (Titus 2:3-4, 1 Peter 3:1-6).


A church where the Word of God is revered (commandments are joyfully obeyed, warnings are considered and promises are believed with expectancy) (1 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 John 5:3, Mark 9:23, James 1:6).


A church where we constantly judge ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:31, Psalm 139:23-24).


A church where no discouraging word is ever preached (Ephesians 4:29, 2 Corinthians 10:8, Hebrews 10:25).


A church where the freedom of justification is experienced (1 Corinthians 6:11).


A church where Jesus’ second coming is anticipated with excitement (1 Thessalonians 1:10, Revelation 22:20).


A church were people are taught by word and life to obey everything Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:20) .


A church were evangelism and outreach occurs organically (Acts 8:4).


A church that is New Covenant in life, doctrine, and pattern (Hebrews 8:10).

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