Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Jesus Didn't Say

“• Jesus never asked you to worship only on Sundays. His disciples worshipped daily, broke bread from house to house and the Lord added to the church daily and the churches were planted daily. ( Acts 2: 46-47; 16: 5; Heb. 3: 13)

• Jesus did not say that you appoint qualified professional pastors. He gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers to equip His church. (Eph. 4: 11-12)

• Jesus never said that only the pastors can serve bread and wine. Jesus served roast lamb, bread, bitter herb and wine for the last supper. Whenever His disciples gathered they shared Agape meals together in His remembrance. (Exo. 12: 8; 1 Cor. 11: 20-26)

• Jesus did not say that you should tithe. According to His teachings, the disciples opened their homes and shared their possessions with others so that no one lacked anything. (Acts 4: 32-34; Deut. 8: 17-18)

• Jesus did not ask you to build a church building. He said God does not live in houses made with human hands because the heaven is His throne and the earth is His foot stool. Now we are the temple of the living God. (Acts 7: 48-49; 2 Cor. 6: 16; 1 Cor. 3: 9)

• Jesus did not say that only the Pastors can baptize. Jesus said you go and make disciples and baptize them. (Matt. 28: 19)

• Jesus did not ask the pastor to bury. He said let the dead bury the dead, you go and raise the dead. (Luke 9: 60; Matt. 10:10)

Jesus did not ask you to follow the church program. He said follow me and I will make you fishers of men. He did not ask you to send believers to Sunday service or the Bible school. He said send the laborers to the harvest fields. He said he who gathers is with Me and he who scatters is against Me. (Matt. 4: 19, 9: 38, 12: 30)

• Jesus did not ask you to organize crusades and conventions. He will not judge you on the basis of large crowds or the wonderful worship and beautiful music. He will judge on what you did for the little and the least of the world. (Matt. 25: 31-46,18: 3-6; Isa. 58: 6-9)

• Jesus did not say that only men can talk in the church and the women should cover their head and keep quiet. He made them talk, even allowed them to argue with Him in public. ( Luke 10: 40; Mark 7: 24-30)

• Jesus did not say that you are just a layman. He bought you with His blood and ordained you priest and king. As royal priests, make disciples, baptize, equip fishers of men and rule on earth. (Rev. 5: 9-10; 1 Pet 2: 9)”

Personally, I reckon thats brilliant. Summarises a whole bunch of stuff I reckon about Jesus and Church, and I don't even have to do any of the research!

Found this on Signposts who stole it from Simple Church


Anonymous said...

I think of how loving and brave Jesus was to confront and invite the Pharisees out of their self-righteous hole. I know He advised that Pharisee-ism is a human heart condition that would continue even under His name. I know I have suffered spiritual trauma from some modern-day Pharisees, but God is bigger than their pride and is still in the business of healing. Someday, I hope I would be enabled to confront them but I do not have the faith for that job right now and am not willing to let them nail me to their cross.

Anonymous said...

Jesus didn't say you have to listen to Hillsong!!!

Digger said...

Actually, i just realised that on reading them again a little more closely, they're definitely not all things that Jesus said-but things that are in the Bible, a slight difference.

Still a good list but.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about confronting pharisees, anonymous, leave it with the Lord. Interesting reading Digger - keep diggin'

Anonymous said...

Jesus didn't say 'let the children come watch vegetales' or annoint a 'youth apostle' to look after them.

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Anonymous said...

Nice article.
one more thing:

Jesus didnt say:
"Come to me and i shall make you a church member, cus my chruch has a big building, great worship band and free meal at fellowship every week"
he said.
"GO and MAKE disciples of all nations."

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