The Foundation

   A  businessman,  brother in Christ, and teacher Paul Berndt, explained what it takes to build a big building. Paul brokers the largest pieces of construction and building equipment in the world, cranes, especially large ones. In a discussion about  what it takes to build a regional church, Paul explained that the bigger and taller a building is, the deeper the foundation and the footings must be. It can take years for the foundation, but once completed, the structure goes up quickly. Have we ever wondered (except for 'succesful' churches fueled by popular programs and personalities) why the church can never become as a tall and impressive a building able to shelter many?

See Ephesians 2:20 , ...having been built upon a foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief conerstone; in whom the whole building (fitly framed) is being built together into a holy temple in the Lord." The foundation of church after church as been built on a foundation of a pastor and supposedly Jesus Christ. But It was Christ's intent  that the church would be built on FIVE deeply sunk castings. Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher.  A building can only support so much 'structure' on one pillar, the Pastor.

God gave the church the potential to become GREAT. Unfortunately down through the centurys MEN and ORGANIZATIONS took the becoming GREAT upon themselves, so as to make themselves and their religious kingdoms GREAT.  Perversions of the original intentions of God. Look at the numerous large 'denominations' which operate out of 'programs and 'preaching' without the POWER.

So until we get the foundation right, until the present day church is built ON the Aposltes, the Prophets, the Evangelists (I am not speaking of itinerant roving evangelists, but those evangelists WITHIN the regional church), the pastors and teachers, we will continue to have a weak foundation, and nothing of any significance will be able, or allowed to be built on it.

How is this ever going to become possible? That we shall shed our own personal adgenda and idea of 'church'  to come with our tools to a REAL building raising?
 
I leave this question open for response.....

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