I am an extremely blessed man! I am blessed in a variety of ways. One of the main ways I am blessed is that I have relationships with brothers who surpass me, not only in years but more importantly, in Godly wisdom and counsel. The things they have to say, share and impart are always edifying and challenging. Sincerely, I do count the opportunity to know these men, listen to these men and hear these men as one of my life’s richest blessings.
Below is a short post found on Loving Like God.com by a brother named Jay Ferris. I have included the post in its entirety. I would suggest, though, that you amble on over to his blog and peruse the other postings he has. I promise, at the very least, they will make you think. Peace!
The Church Is a Conversation
“… But speaking the truth in love… Not forsaking the… conversation, … as the manner of some is, we are drawn heavenward into Him Who is the Head, even Christ Jesus…”
As I thought more about this over the past few days at an “Apostolic” conference, it occurred to me,(I shared this in my presentation to the conference) that the church is a conversation.
So we could say of the “five fold,” ministry that “God gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastor/ teachers to…” lecture the saints until the saints begin to have a conversation with one another.
For this to happen, however, the “five fold” has to learn to, and be willing to stop dominating the assembled time of the saints with their incessant lecturing. There’s nothing passionate going on in those who are constantly being lectured.