From a modern church to the New Testament model

This is from Dr Victor Choudrie's "The 4 M's for Christian Disciplers".

FIFTEEN ESSENTIAL PARADIGMS

  1. Replace professional clergy with Priesthood of all Believers with authority to baptise, break bread and equip fishers of men. (1 Pet. 2:9)
  2. Replace Church buildings with sharing the whole counsel of God from house to house. (Acts 7:48-49; 20:20,27; Mark 11:17)
  3. Replace Sunday program with daily informal gatherings. The Bride must have intimacy with her Lord daily and not once a week lest she becomes unfaithful. (Acts 2:46-47; Heb. 3:13)
  4. Replace tithing with sharing the enormous financial resources and talents available in Christian homes. (Deut. 8:17-18; Acts 5:32-34)
  5. Replace the “Crumb and Sip” Holy Communion with simple “Agape meals” eaten together with gladness of heart from house to house. (Acts 2:46; 1 Cor. 11:20-23)
  6. Replace loud temple music and professional musicians with speaking to each other in psalms and spiritual songs, making melody in your heart. (Eph. 5,:19; C01. 3:16)
  7. Replace the sermon making, spectator church to interactive church where everyone participates. (1 Cor. 14: 26-31; Acts 17:11)
  8. Replace organisational and denominational authority (controlling) structures, with city-wide networks of mentors, coaches and relational spiritual fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. (Rom. 16:3-15)
  9. Replace barren churches with disciple-making, multiplying house churches. The Bride must not remain barren but reproduce and fill the earth. (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 9:19-30)
  10. Replace clergy domination - by submitting to one another. Encourage, comfort, exhort, admonish, edify, serve, pray and love one another. (Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:2, 15; John 13:34-35)
  11. Replace purposeless and directionless "church" with well-planned goal-driven strategy, resulting in saturation church planting movement. (Rom. 15: 20; Acts 16:5)
  12. Replace seminary training and accreditation by theologians and start church-based, hands-on training, by practitioners in the harvest field like Paul and Timothy model. (2 Tim. 2:2)
  13. Replace all presidents, reverends, CEOs, secretaries and other non-biblical titles and offices with ‘master builders like apostles, prophets, elders etc. Change from a dead organisation to a living organism. (1 Cor. 3:10; Eph. 4:11; Titus 1:5-9)
  14. Replace all prayer cells, Bible study meetings, Sunday schools etc. with house churches. They must move to the next level and disciple, baptise, break bread, equip and send missionaries. (1 Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15)
  15. Transform all selfish goats, who are members only for hatching, matching and dispatching, into sheep who take care of the poor and the least of this world (Matt. 25:31-46). Throw out the pulpit and tum powerless pew potatoes into spiritual powerhouses, who heal the sick, raise the dead and plunder the strongholds. (Matt. 11:12, 12:29; 1 John 4:4; Rev. 21:8)

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Last modified: 14 April 2022.