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The Church of Tomorrow

Posted by appolus on February 4, 2011

“THE CHURCH OF TOMORROW “
-by Andrew Strom.

A lot of people probably read some of the writings on this website and
wonder, “Where is all this headed? What is the goal?” A glib answer might
be- “We want to get back to real ‘New Testament’ Christianity.” But what
exactly does that look like?

This is an important topic – and something I have pondered a great deal
over the years. What exactly would the ‘New Testament Church’ look like if
it was translated into a modern western city?

To get started, I want you to forget about today’s church just for a
moment – with all her obvious problems and contradictions, and picture
something quite different. I want you to imagine that you are still living
in the same city, in the same year, but you are right in the middle of a
‘Book of Acts’-type scenario. Somehow everything has changed.

For some reason, all of the Spirit-filled Christians in your city have
left their Denominations and divisions behind. They have truly begun to
fulfill the prayer of Jesus – “That they all may be ONE”. They now hold
huge gatherings all over the city – right out in the open. And as well as
these united gatherings, on most streets there is now a house-meeting,
where all the Spirit-filled believers from that street gather together,
eating and sharing and having communion, etc. (ie. A “NEIGHBORHOOD
CHURCH”). The power of God flowing in these house-meetings is amazing.
Many healings and miracles are occurring. The ‘gifts’ flow freely every
day.

It seems also that many of the church buildings and cathedrals have simply
been abandoned. No longer do Christians want to hide themselves away
behind “four walls”. They want to gather out where the people are –
presenting Jesus to the whole world. They want to be truly “one body”.
There is no way that any of their old buildings could contain the crowds,
anyhow.

And the men whom God has raised up to lead this vast movement do not seem
much like the ‘Reverends’ or even the ‘televangelists’ of old. In fact,
quite a few of them have never even been to Bible College, and they seem
to be very plain, ordinary people from humble backgrounds. But what an
anointing! It is very clear to everyone that these ‘apostles and prophets’
(as they are known) have spent many years in prayer and brokenness before
God – drawing closer and closer to Him. When they speak, the very fear of
the Lord seems to come down, and many people repent deeply of their sins.
Demons are cast out and the blind and crippled are made whole. -These
kinds of things are happening all the time. The whole city is just in awe
of what is going on, and thousands upon thousands are being saved. Even
the newspapers and television are full of it.

As soon as someone repents they are immediately baptized in water and
hands are laid on them for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. -This is
expected from day one! And it is also expected that every Christian has a
gift and calling from God – and that they should be encouraged to move
forward and fulfill their calling. No longer is there a distinction made
between those who are “ministers” and those who are merely ‘laity’. Now it
is expected that EVERYONE is a minister of the Lord! (However, there are
‘elders’ – ie. older Christians to guide things).

Some of the bishops and pastors from several denominations have actually
denounced this great move of God very strongly. They say it is “deception”
and warn their people to stay away. (-Every Revival in history has been
accused of this – usually by religious leaders). But to be honest, it is
so obvious to most people that God is the one behind it all, that very few
take these men seriously. The Spirit of God is sweeping all before Him.
The glory of the Lord has come.

One of the reasons that these leaders are so upset is that a lot of the
Christians’ GIVING now does not go to church buildings, but rather to the
POOR. In fact, God has spoken to many people to start supporting widows
and orphans overseas, etc. They also give generously to anyone in their
midst who is in need. Many even sell their own possessions in order to do
this.

The huge over-riding theme of this great movement is LOVE. “Behold how
they love one another” is the catch-cry of many who watch this ‘new
church’ in action. And everyone is given to MUCH PRAYER.

And so, gathering “as one” in the outdoors and breaking bread from house
to house, they eat together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and
enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord adds to their number
daily those who are being saved.

CAN THIS REALLY HAPPEN?

The above description is taken straight out of the Book of Acts – as
applied to today. Everything in the above paragraphs is put there to give
you an idea of what it would be like to live in the Jerusalem church at
the start of Acts. -And it was like that for YEARS. Imagine the impact of
such a church on the world around it! God is wanting to do this again. And
He wants to use ordinary people like you and me to help bring it to pass.

I am convinced that we are NOT supposed to treat the early church as a
“special case”. It was given to us as an ‘example’. It is what the
“normal” church should be like all the time! And yet we have fallen so far
below this standard. Only in times of Revival do we approach it again for
a time. But I believe it is supposed to be “normal” for the church to be
like this – day in and day out. This is the way that Jesus always wanted
us to be.

However, one thing is clear. It will take a great “SHAKING” for us to get
anywhere close to the above description today. You have to be aware that
in order to get there from here, a whole lot of ‘hierarchies’ and church
boards and careers and titles and positions would be on the line. And a
lot of men simply don’t want to lose those things. It doesn’t matter to
them whether it is Truth or not. If it affects their reputation, their
position or their organization, they will oppose it with everything they
have.

Sadly it is very difficult to see a “smooth” transition to this kind of
Christianity. I believe we are in for a shaky ride. But I certainly
believe that it is on God’s agenda. And like the Great Reformation before
it, I believe He will do WHATEVER IT TAKES in order to get us there.

Here’s to true ‘NEW TESTAMENT’ Christianity, my friends – the kind that
Jesus and the apostles actually invented in the beginning.

Let us settle for nothing less – WHATEVER IT TAKES.

2 Responses to “The Church of Tomorrow”

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  2. Michael s Press said

    I have an input of what I have been given assignment on as possible example of possessing the land. Taking authority for others to more freely move???
    It started a year and 1/2 ago asked by God through a brither If I wold lead a prayer team into a addiction recovery centre. Most off the street, alcohol and drugs, some gambling also, The cntre was 12 Step program,,,,higher power ….with without a christ focus as the higher power. I went in twice a week for 2 hrs and increased from ther.Waiting on Lord for OK now what?? I was given a clear picture of a light house. I assumed I was there to be light. How do I be light???? I have the light in me not to be darkness, to be put on a high place. Ok I simply come as light and “be” How to “be” I saimply came in and prayed without interacting with the men, I am quite social and held back as not nudged by Holy Spirit to do so. The end of the matter is today after about a year of being and in prayer and interacting I have helped a abut a half dozen receive Jesus. By trusting in my new creation actuality being light and moving as nudged the place is now known on the street as a Christian recovery centre, most of the 30 clients (when full) pray in the name of Jesus.
    I have now been nudged into our court house to Pray for justice after Isaiah 9:6,7. I hev been received much confirmation since going in. I attend the courthouse 2 hours 5 days a week, motivated in Zeal from previous result at recovery center.
    Now I know the program. Show up when and where saked and wait om Holy Spirit for direction. I have been there 4 weeks come Friday next and have had many confirmations about being there. Romans 8 on interceeding, was given to me second day as I was asking in my spirit what am I doing here. It all made sense “I AM” in me is the light of the world I bring that light and simply “be” and the battle belongs to our Lord. My duty so far has been quite light pray as thoughts come to mind but mostly rejoice and praise and meditate and speak in heavenly language quietly . I was in real estate for 20 years and have met a number of people I know who sak me what I am doing here. Bingo opportunity knocks for the spoken “Word”. On one hand I am convinced the governing in gighteouness comes from enforecement of justice. for all to see and come to fear rebellion from righteousness. On the other hand individuals with zeal will find companionship to model and expand a contageous outpouring of love in fresh fire baptisms and new Holy Spirit baptisms that will in fact create neighbour lighthouses that will jumpstart into other neigbourhoods as the zeal becomes more and more contagious fueled by those on fir meeting other on fire. There are tiers of authority in all governing systems and satan has levels of authority. Maybe one of the higher levels for all cities is the judicial systme. If that is the case the earthquake of the falling evil authority will open the flow GOoDness in our communities? All I know is I am in the court house out of obedience to “be” the light releasing my authority to allow our higher authorities hands to be put to work. Pray for JUSTICE and peace of heart as the heat increases.

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