Denominationalism to Family
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Delivered By
Caleb Petersen
Delivered On
October 21, 2018
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Points of Reform for the Modern Church

  1. From Denominationalism back to the 5-Fold Model

  2. An Ever-Increasing Revelation of Jesus & The New Covenant

  3. Deeper Understanding of the Bible & its Application Today

  4. Hopeful & Victorious Eschatology

  5. Effective Strategies to Accomplish the Great Commission

  6. Women in Ministry & Women in General

  7. True Unity Between Christians

  8. Love & Affection Between Christians

  9. What Loving the World Actually Looks Like

  10. Wholeness & Selfcare

*new 95 theses*


 

Denominationalism

  • We vered from the original model. Why?

  • After apostles died, Platonian (Greek) philosophy took over:

Marcionism: the God of Jesus was a different God from the God of the Old Testament.

Montanism: relied on prophetic revelations from the Holy Spirit.

Adoptionism: Jesus was not born the Son of God, but was adopted at his baptism, resurrection or ascension.

Docetism: Jesus was pure spirit and his physical form an illusion.

Sabellianism: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three modes of the one God and not the three separate persons of the Trinity.

Arianism: Jesus, as the Son, was subordinate to God the Father.

Gnosticism: “having knowledge”

Derived from interpreting the Biblical text through Platonian (Greek) philosophy.

  1. Dualism: All matter is evil, and the non-material, spirit-realm is good.

  2. Asceticism: Severe self-discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence.

  3. Anit-Cosmism: There is an unknowable God, who gave rise to many lesser spirit beings called Aeons. One evil, lower spirit being is the creator who made the universe.

  4. High Christology: Jesus’ divinity is real, but a divine being would never subject Himself to a material existence, so Jesus’ humanity isn’t real.

    1. No human Jesus, no blood. No blood, no atonement for sin.

    2. To achieve salvation, one needs to get in touch with secret knowledge called gnosis.

  5. Inverse Exegesis: In biblical exegesis, the opposite of exegesis (to draw out) is eisegesis (to draw in), in the sense of an eisegetic commentator "importing" or "drawing in" his or her own purely subjective interpretations into the text, unsupported by the text itself.

Wiki: “After the second century, a decline set in, but Gnosticism persisted throughout the centuries as an undercurrent of western culture, re-manifesting with the Renaissance as Western esotericism (mysticism), taking prominence with modern spirituality.”

 

Kris Vallotton on Denominationalism

  • “In my encounter, the Lord said He is going to pour out revelation on this generation that has been held in the vault of heaven for eons of ages. However, if He pours it out on denominationalism then it would rip the wine skin.

  • Why? The nature of revelation is that you have a new idea, and new ideas are not welcome in a wineskin where you have to agree (denominationalism).

  • I’m not talking about denominations; I’m talking about denominationalism. It doesn’t matter what it says over the door of your church, it just matters what you say over the door of your heart.

  • The denominational spirit is just as alive in some apostolic networks as it is in many churches with a denomination.

  • In denominationalism, church leaders preach don’t preach to inspire, they preach to convince. Why? Because when you inspire people, you’re causing them to think, which causes them to have an idea and therefore causes them to have an opinion.

  • Denominationalism doesn’t like opinions because they could lead to disagreements, and under this spirit, disagreement causes splits and division!

  • In denominationalism disagreement is seen as disloyalty. Therefore, there is no freedom for disagreement. Beyond that, how much you value someone is seen by how much you agree with them! What a controlling mess!

  • I’d love to suggest that you have permission to love anyone, whether they agree with you or not. This will keep you out of manipulating people into agreeing with you.

  • What’s the overall point? We need a new wineskin!

  • https://krisvallotton.com/gods-answer-church-splits/

 

Go to seminary - got a degree - now i’m a pastor

Gift-based authority

  • The best performer is the leader

  • What happens when someone out-performs me?

  • I have to sabotage their growth

  • This creates a culture of fear, jealousy, & competition

 

In Apostleships, greatness is celebrated because there is no fear of losing my place, there’s no jealousy that someone else got more recognition than me, and there’s no competing for a title

Why?

Apostleships look like family

  • In a healthy family, acceptance is guaranteed, and titles don’t mean anything

  • God sent me to this family, only God can remove me

 

What if something goes wrong?

  • are there bad families?

  • Does that mean the family structure is wrong?

 

You have many teachers, but you don’t have many fathers

 

We see each other no longer after the flesh

If you receive a prophet in the name of a prophet, you receive a prophets reward

5-Fold Model

Ephesians 4:11-16 AMP 11 And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], 12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; 13 until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]. 14 So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit]. 15 But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ. 16 From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up in [unselfish] love.

  • “His gifts to the church”

    • What were the gifts that were given?

    • Look back to verse 7

    • 7 Yet grace [God’s undeserved favor] was given to each one of us [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and abundant] gift.

  • What are these gifts designed to do?

    • 12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]

  1. “Equip & perfect for the works of service” → strategy & technique

  2. “Build up the body” → strength & stamina

    • 13 until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].

  1. “Reach oneness in the faith & knowledge of Jesus” → unity around faith in Jesus & what He’s done for us (not doctrine)

  2. “To become a mature believer, reaching the measure of the fullness of Christ” → personal growth & wholeness

    • 14 So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit].

  1. “No longer children.. carried about by every wind of doctrine” → self-control (clear & confident boundaries), wisdom (healthy discernment), & responsibility (owning your “I _______”)

  • What will be the effect of these 5 things?

    • 16 From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up in [unselfish] love.

    • “By what every joint supplies” → we each will have our own supply to offer to the rest of the body

    • “When each part is working properly, it causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up in love” → a healthy body means a healthy growth system, immune system, & reproductive system

    • “This love (Greek: agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.”

    • THIS IS FAMILY

    • Alignment & Unity

    • Romans 12:4-6 MSG In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

  • So what are these gifts & what should I receive from them?

    • 11 And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct]

    • Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, & Teachers

    • 5 natural senses → 5 spiritual senses

    • “Just as you use your natural senses to be consciously aware of this earthly existence, each of these gifts equip your spiritual senses to be consciously aware of your spiritual existence, in order that you would come back into wholeness, grow into maturity, & effectively carry out the mission of bringing heaven to earth.”

 

  • Apostle

    • What is?

      • Wiki: An apostle, in its most literal sense, is an emissary, from Greek apóstolos, literally "one who is sent off", from the verb apostéllein, "to send off". The purpose of such sending off is usually to convey a message, and thus "messenger" is a common alternative translation; other common translations include "ambassador" and "envoy".

      • “Apostles are sent from one place to another place in order to make the place where they were sent look like the place they came from.” - Kris Vallotton

        • “When in Rome, you do as the Romans do.”

      • Apostles are concerned with transformation of culture locally & with the whole world into the culture of heaven.

      • Apostles are ambassadors that bring an envoy of heaven everywhere they go. This envoy is there to spiritually transition that region into the kingdom of heaven.

      • They do this by conquering & culturizing. If a kingdom has already been set up that doesn’t look like heaven, they conquer it by enforcing their jurisdiction over principalities, and then implement a cultural transformation so that “When in the Kingdom, you do as the King does.”

 

      • Fear: authority = control

      • Truth: authority = responsibility to serve & empowering self-control

        • But how will we get stuff done if no one is in control?

          • Leadership is still not controlling a person, it’s leading them. If they don’t want to follow, they don’t have to.

        • But that much freedom is kind of scary because we can’t predict it! Someone could just leave at any moment! That makes us feel vulnerable and uncomfortable!

          • Well, God is into the love business. And love means empowering free choice.

          • Where is your trust? In God or a person?

          • Do you fully trust Jesus is the healer of the brokenhearted? (Luke 4:18)

      • In 1 Corinthians 12:28, it says “He appointed: first apostles.” They are the first, which means they are the bottom.

      • Luke 22:24-27 AMP 24 Now a dispute also arose among them as to which of them was regarded to be the greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles have absolute power and lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ 26 But it is not to be this way with you; on the contrary, the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest [and least privileged], and the [one who is the] leader, like the servant. 27 For who is the greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

      • They are the soil from which we all grow.

      • They often get stepped on & overlooked.

      • 1 Corinthians 12:23 and as for those parts of the body which we consider less honorable, these we treat with greater honor

      • The less honorable, the more we honor.

 

      • Apostles train us how to send and be sent in order to affect the culture around us.

      • Expect to be equipped by this office with:

        • A view of the “blueprints” for bringing heaven to earth & transforming culture

        • A connectedness with the local body of Christ to the body as a whole

        • An empowerment to reign in life like Jesus did

        • Leadership skills

        • How to maintain a personal & corporate vision

        • How to win: steadfastness & persistence

        • Unrelenting drive to see the kingdom of God manifest on the earth

← HONOR THE GIFT →

 

  • Prophet

    • What is?

      • The role of a prophet under the Old Covenant was to keep the nation of Israel accountable to keep their covenant faithfulness to God. They were the intermediaries between God and the people. → they’re between us & God

      • In the New Covenant, the role of the prophet has changed. We no longer need a middle man between us and God. This is what is meant in Matthew 5:17 when Jesus said He came to fulfill the Law & the Prophets. Through Jesus we all have direct access to God.

      • So what is the prophet’s role now?

      • Prophets, now, show us how to communicate with God for ourselves & the people around us. → they’re behind us

      • Prophets train us how to prophesy & how to receive prophecy.

      • Expect to be equipped by this office with:

        • A deep sense of connectedness to God

        • A heightened awareness of the spiritual

        • Insight & foresight

        • A desire for the mysteries of God

        • Expanding of the imaginative, pictorial, & metaphoric parts of your mind

        • How to prophesy in a way that brings edification, encouragement, & comfort

        • How to operate in your spiritual gifts: Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Gift of Faith, Gift of Healing, Gift of Miracles, Gift of Prophecy, Distinguishing of Spirits, Gift of Tongues, Gift of Interpretation

← HONOR THE GIFT →

 

  • Evangelist

    • What is?

      • Evangelists are the zealous advocates of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you”

      • Evangelists remind us of the “Go” in Gospel.

      • They keep us from making Christianity “an exclusive club with a strict membership acceptance”

      • They are the arms, hands, legs, & feet, continually showing us how to reach out further than is comfortable & to boldly go where no one has gone before. *Star Trek music starts playing here*

      • Evangelists train us with effective strategies to reach the world around us.

      • Expect to be equipped by this office with:

        • Radical love for Jesus

        • Radical love for people

        • Hope for the prodigals to come home

        • Boldness

        • Passion

        • Compassion

        • Fervor

        • Faith-full-ness

        • Understanding of the authority given to us through Jesus

        • Connecting new Christians to the rest of the body

← HONOR THE GIFT →

 

  • Pastor

    • What is?

      • Wiki: “The word ‘pastor’ derives from the Latin noun pastor which means ‘shepherd’ and is derived from the verb pascere – ‘to lead to pasture, set to grazing, cause to eat’.”

      • Pastors keep us connected to the heart of God.

      • Pastors impart the heart of the shepherd that left the 99 to care for the 1.

      • They show us how to be both sheep & shepherd by connecting us to the Great Shepherd.

      • They are focussed on keeping the body healthy & strong; functioning as intended.

      • Pastors are also the co-advocates for the Great Commission Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

      • Pastors train us how to pastor & how to be pastored.

      • Expect to be equipped by this office with:

        • A deep and intimate personal connection with the  aspects of God

        • A tender, compassionate, & affectionate love for people

        • Marital & family relationship health

        • Healthy interpersonal relationships

        • Personal wholeness skills

        • General life skills

        • How to be a disciple

        • How to disciple

        • Celebration of symbolic acts (baptism, communion, etc.)

← HONOR THE GIFT →

 

  • Teacher

    • What is?

      • Teachers keep us connected to the mind of God.

      • They remind us of His ultimate brilliance & wisdom, and that He has shared His mind with us.

      • 1 Corinthians 2:9-12, 16 9 but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

      • Teachers remind us to keep a fervent passion for the Word of God.

      • *LoL* A teacher will probably recommend you read Proverbs.

      • Teachers train us how to think, not what to think.

      • Teachers train us how to learn & how to teach.

      • Expect to be equipped from this office with:

        • Awe & wonder for the way God thinks

        • Desire to see what no one has seen & hear what no one has heard

        • A drive to see the things God has prepared for us manifest on the earth

        • Wisdom, understanding, & knowledge.

        • Insight & hindsight.

        • Clarity & peace in your mind.

        • An ever-increasing love for the Word.

← HONOR THE GIFT →