Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship Part 2: Etiquette , Protocols, and Pure Righteousness in the Faith
Many times in the movement of faith people lack understanding of the basic rules that govern how we should conduct ourselves to make the faith experience as impactful as possible.
The major issues that govern how we should act are not necessarily written but some are implied and others we would expect to come naturally or with added logic-simply due to the fact that they follow the rules governed by society.
For clarification lets look at a few examples of what we mean:
Etiquette is a code of polite conduct. If you practice proper etiquette, you are less likely to offend or annoy people — and you may even charm them.
According to Bishop Don Adams Founder and General Overseer of the Building Gods Kingdom International Ministries and co-author of this series;
Without the proper etiquette-it is assured that issues remain in place that will take away from the faith experience….
Under this classification we could include items like:
Pulpit Etiquette -Before giving a sermon it is always necessary to announce, acknowledge and “Thank” the leadership of the church. 1) for their dedication to the faith, and 2) even if you are a guest preacher-it’s good practice to offer “Thanks,” to the leadership of the church (house)-for allowing you to come and share your faith in their service.
Dr. Keira Banks presents Spiritual Protocol as a tool and guide to assist pastors and believers in embracing the Biblical mandate for divine order in the local church. Pastors can use this book as a teaching tool in an effort to transition their entire congregations out of chaos and into the Kingdom of God realm of love, light, prayer and divine order. Individual believers will reference this book to ensure that their motives are pure and their conduct brings honor and glory to God.
This means the areas that protocols are set to address- items that are more standard policy either; written or expressed. For another example, a standard protocol in the church may be to open the service with a scripture reading and prayer-A process that most churches have adopted and follow routinely.
Lastly with that said, let us spend a little time on pure righteousness:
This is another area where sometimes the most natural spiritual experience is hampered by the “money see-monkey do-ism” of the church; for example-praying in submission to God. (see example in illustration below)
According to many people in the modern church- some love to pray in the “submission,” position. For our purposes-we only want people to let your posture express the attitudes of your heart. Not to follow someone else who you see using this prayer position without truly understanding what it means.
In the Biblical accounts of prayer, many postures are described. Abraham fell upon his face before God. (See Genesis 17:3, 17.) Moses prayed with his hands outstretched. (See Exodus 9:27–29.) King Solomon knelt in prayer. (See I Kings 8:54.) Jesus prayed looking up into heaven. (See Mark 6:41, John 11:41, and 17:1.)
Communication with God does not require a certain physical position, but postures do give expression to the attitudes of our hearts.
While we only provided a few examples-there a hundreds for more reasons why a little practice in learning to identify good “Etiquette , Protocols, and Pure Righteousness,” and how they interchange in the church can go along way into building a lasting faith experience. A more positive faith experience-where everyone is willing to come and share and grow in the Body.
Please know-these items are critical for faith leadership in the modern church to navigate and understand and apply daily.
This is the second Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not! Also A book of the series will be released in August of 2018
Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship Part 1: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not!
Preaching is a dangerously high calling in which mere mortals dare to speak on behalf of God. All too often, well-intentions preachers preach poorly. But what do good preachers do well? And what can we learn from them? Simon Vibert has studied the work of today’s leading preachers with an eye for discerning the dynamics of effective preaching. Each chapter profiles a contemporary preacher and lifts out practical principles for sermons that are biblical, motivational and transformational.
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Gods word is the force and the power, that brings about obedience to all His laws. It is actually the creative word that produces the fulfillment of those laws in our lives. It was the creative word that brought the world into existence; God spoke and it was done.
That is because this planet, in its empty state, was not rejecting God’s word, this is why we must uphold and honor the word of God because when we do- the power that comes into us is truly “amazing,” to say the least.
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Philippians 4:6 ESV /
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
This simply means the approach must always be humble-petition for the will of God to shine through all that we do, and it will be given.
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Study and Meditate on Scripture continually!
God told Joshua, “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed” (Joshua 1:8, NLT).
God’s definition of success in life is to know Him better. One way we do that is to read and understand His Word!
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Building bridges to bring others to Salvation must be our main goal.
Lastly, when the Lord shows you those needing Christ, you should always seek to build a relationship with them-and be an open conduit for their salvation.
Remember how Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus where many sinners had gathered? While we must be careful not to place ourselves in an environment where we’ll be pulled down, we must be equally careful to cultivate friendships with those needing Christ.
When preaching always remember this golden rule-That Christ has placed you in your particular place just to reach those whom no one else can reach. Your mission at the end of it all is to-bring them home, bring them into “Salvation.”
This is the First Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not! Also A book of the series will be released in August of 2018
A Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary: Spiritual Warfare Part 2-Can Whole Communities Suffer From Demonic Oppression?
Hello in part 1-We have stated in an effort to understand with the battle over demonic spirits we have to understand internal signs to avoid and so on.
The Mob Mentality
According to biblical scripture-The “mob mentality” possibly could apply to the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah (illustration, below) which we understand were allied with the cities of Admah, Zeboim and Bela. These five cities, also known as the “cities of the plain” (from Genesis in the Authorized Version), [Gen.13:10] Divine judgment by God was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighboring cities, which were completely consumed by fire and brimstone.
Neighboring Zoar (Bela) was the only city to be spared. Sodom and Gomorrah have been used historically and today as metaphors for vice, sexual perversion, and homosexuality, although a close reading of the text and other Ancient Near Eastern sources suggest that this association may be incorrect.
On last point that I think it is very important to mention. According to historical research- it was during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, there was an ‘epidemic’ of such possessions. Some of the hundreds of cases that were reported were group possessions in which many people in small, close-knit communities, such as convents and orphanages, displayed the same symptoms. Why?
The question as to why and how demon possession can effect mass groups of people is a good question, but If we use our imagination and possibly some common sense then we can say yes!-that consistent bad habits and filthily living may be a chronic incubator for evil to exist, and demons to feel motivated to work. Examples can be areas where drugs become influences, prostitution, wild parties and sex clubs are largely frequented and so on.
As a person of faith our response must be a clean healthy lifestyle. Period!
(This Article is Part 2 of A Seven Page Series on Spiritual Warfare)
According to a wise and focused minister in evangelism who recently commented “Everything that occurs in the visible, and physical world is directly connected to the wrestling match being waged in the invisible, and spiritual world.”
Ultimately the effects of evil that are waging an ongoing war in the unseen world, that manifest itself in the seen world in many ways, including inside of you- For example: Take the barely reported story from CNN about -A small group of nuns and priests that met a tormented woman in the chapel of a house one June evening in 2017. Although it was warm outside, a palpable chill settled over the room.
“Leave her alone, you f***ing priests,” the guttural voice shouted. “Stop, you whores. … You’ll be sorry.”
While Dr.Richard Gallagher is an Ivy League-educated, board-certified psychiatrist who teaches at Columbia University and New York Medical College. He was surprised about the days events as he was part of the team that tried to help the woman.
Gallagher knew about biblical accounts of demonic possession but thought they were an ancient culture’s attempt to grapple with mental disorders like epilepsy. He proudly calls himself a “man of science,” but to date Gallagher has become the go-to guy for a sprawling network of exorcists in the United States.
“There was one woman who was like 90 pounds soaking wet. She threw a Lutheran deacon who was about 200 pounds across the room,” he says. “That’s not psychiatry. That’s beyond psychiatry.”
The Book Rite of Exorcism was first published in 1614 by Pope Paul V to quell a trend of laypeople and priests hastily performing exorcisms on people they presumed were possessed, such as victims of the bubonic plague, says the Rev. Mike Driscoll, author of “Demons, Deliverance, Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World.”
“A line (in the rite) said that the exorcist should be careful to distinguish between demon possession and melancholy, which was a catchall for mental illness,” Driscoll says. “The church knew back then that there were mental problems. It said the exorcist should not have anything to do with medicine. Leave that to the doctors.”
The Fight against Evil
Scripture tells us in Ephesians 6:10-15 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
10 Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. 12 We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. 13 So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.
While all people who display serious issues of mental illness- they may not be exactly guilty of suffering from demon possession-there must be a certain understanding that wickedness manifest itself in multiple ways, and if we are not careful and have certain trust in the Power of God with a healthy righteous lifestyle then we may fall prey to all forms of demonic evils, from momentary, to ongoing, angers, insecurity, discords, fear and the list goes on to finally eternal. This fact is further illustrated in an a recent article from Psychology Today.
People are not evil because they have done bad things or else we’d all be evil. As Aristotle maintained, being evil portends a persistent habit of doing bad things. Moreover, evil people know that what they are doing is bad but choose to do so anyway. They therefore act with malicious intent.Moreover, evil people typically care little or not at all that what they are doing is or may be harmful to others; and some evil people even derive sadistic pleasure from it. Moreover, some evil people are very cunning and can disguise their evil intentions and lack of regard for others. These individuals may be con artists or even charming rapists or murderers
The true debate is that one must understand that there are very real forces of evil that operate in the world, and not take certain acts like rape, murder, and more for granted.
Yes we all believe that madness exist, but additional research, meditation, and prayer must be done to discover the root of the wickedness.
Again, trust and believe evil exist in this world and the agents of evil can be complex or simple-With that in mind only God can deliver you from any bondage either from the seen or unseen world if you have faith.
(This Article is Part 1 of A Seven Page Series on Spiritual Warfare)
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” Jesus replied, “A wicked and adulterous generation demands a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:38)