If you’ve ever felt alone and unimportant in church, there’s a good reason: You are alone and unimportant. From 11 to 12 Sunday, you’re just another pretty face in the crowd. Though surrounded by others, you’re cut off. Custom walls you off in your own space and silences your voice - except for song or responsive reading. Surrounded by an audience of trainee mutes, you can find it lonely as a solo trek across Antarctica. After you’ve eaten all the sledge dogs. The service would be exactly the same without you. You know that. Your impact on it is like an extra gallon of water going over Niagara Falls. As a result, you’re often more of a spectator than a participant. How did we ever get into such a fix? Well, around A.D. 300, the church made the worst blunder in her history.
We voluntarily decided to give up the three key freedoms that powered the early church to success:
- open worship (praising God)
- open sharing (building up each other)
- open ministry (serving others in the church and the world).
The author shows simple steps to restore the vigour of the First Century fellowships that won half the Roman Empire to the Kingdom of God.
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Why does Jubilee Resources make free tracts available?
God’s commission for Jubilee is based on Ezekiel 33:1-9, and Luke 4:18-21.According to the Bible, Jubilee years were times of restitution. Debts were cancelled, slaves set free, families reunited and lost or forfeited inheritances restored. Every year was prophetic of the ministry of Jesus the Messiah. The Jubilee was proclaimed on the basis of the work of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement - so the liberating ministry of Jesus is founded on His atoning work. Jesus began His public ministry by reading the passage from the prophet Isaiah (Luke 4:18-21). All the liberties of the Jubilee year are now available to us through the redemptive work of Jesus at Calvary, and we all have the responsibility to preach this Gospel of Redemption and to proclaim the Atonement. When Messiah returns, God’s people will be totally free from all sin, sickness and disease, death and curse. The Biblical Jubilee will then be fully realised.
Our role is to educate, because deceived people don't know they are deceived people.