Principle One: It's his Church.
For many years, man has tried to build the church using his own traditional
patterns and methods, but it is Jesus not man who is to build the church -
both the local church and the universal church. If Jesus is to do that, it
is crucial that we lay aside our own preconceived ideas and traditions about
church governance and allow him to reveal his plan to us through his word.
He said, "I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome
it "(Matthew 16; 18b NIV)
Principle Two: It's his Kingdom.
God is building not just local churches but a government called the kingdom
of God. If we are going to see His government on earth it will require some
degree of unity and a working relationship between churches. We are also
going to need to build awareness among believers that ministry is not in
the pulpit of a church but takes place in our businesses, in our schools,
neighbourhoods, and wherever we find ourselves.
As citizens of God's Kingdom, our influence is felt but it is not necessarily structured. In other words we are like the locust as proverbs says we all go forth in the same direction, but without a leader. Each of us is given responsibility for our domain or sphere of influence in the earth and should represent God and His Kingdom right where we are planted.
I teach people that once they begin to grow in their individual lives they should begin to see an overflow into their relationships whether that is a marriage or a family or just our friendships. When someone is firmly planted and established in a local church, and begins to be trained in how to live the Kingdom life
(righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit) then they can become
effective in establishing God's Kingdom in the lives of others that come
into their domains or spheres of influence.
"The Kingdom of God does not come by observation,"(Luke 17:20), but comes in the hearts of men. Lets all become proactive and see the power of reformation begin to take place, one person at a time, from the inside out.