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PROLOGUE 1 TO GRACE 5 MEETING HANDBOOKS

                                               PROLOGUE 1 TO GRACE 5 MEETING HANDBOOKS

PROLOGUE 1 TO GRACE 5 MEETING HANDBOOKS

THE GLORIOUS CHURCH

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY WITH INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION

INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION WITH CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

DIVERSITY IN UNITY


Is the way God runs His Godhead and His universe, so can we be any different?


A need exists for the Body of Christ to come together corporately; and this will manifest itself as the number of cell groups, fellowships, local church groups grows that are established in a biblical pattern, [see prologue 2* and the Grace 5 handbooks* for details]; and when implemented, this thus becomes the seed of the Glorious Church; and how that happens is shown below.


Ephesians 4:25 [New International Version]

……..just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

26 to make her holy, cleansing [Or having cleansed] her by the washing with water through the word,

27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.


The only way to meet as a congregation in this format is a Celebration service, whose sole purpose for getting together is for us to worship God. Nothing else!!! The Holy Spirit can then take full charge of a meeting like that to bring glory to God.


If one looks at video tapes of crusades around the world that are conducted with this format there is always a massive move of the Spirit of God, with wonderful things happening.


* indicates see below at the end of this document.


All other activity takes place in the cell groups as outlined in the Grace 5 handbooks* prefaced by the information in Prologue.2*; which further provides background for the Grace 5 handbooks*.


It is also understood that the ideal ways of meeting given in the Prologues 1 & 2* and the Grace 5 handbooks* need to be built towards on a daily basis, moving nearer and nearer as time goes on.


The Celebration service helps to arrive at the upper room experience where 120 believers were gathered together; and to see how this group came to be, we need to look at –

Jesus’ pattern for cell and church growth structure


As outlined in

THE SECOND REFORMATION by William A, Beckham

[Reshaping the Church for the 21st Century]

The following is adapted from, and with acknowledgement to the considerable excellent and penetrating detail in his book, where he deals with how Jesus put His church together, however his book does not deal with the five-fold ministry in detail. He mentions it only twice near the beginning of his book.


~~~ PIONEERS BEGIN THE PROCESS

1Corinthians 3:11 [New International Version]

For no-one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.


*** 1 PERSON SHARES THE VISION OF THE GOOD NEWS - WITNESSING

This is a type of the Apostle [as described in the Grace 5 handbook* with regard to the covenant meeting].

Ephesians 2:20 [New International Version]

built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.


*** 2 PEOPLE EXPLAIN THE VISION OF THE GOOD NEWS – SHARE GROUP

Prophetic ministry [as described in the Grace 5 hand book* with regard to the prayer meeting*].

---* and is mainly to the backsliders.


Evangelistic ministry [as described in the Grace 5 handbook* with regard to the Good News meeting*].

---* and is mainly to the lost


The pattern is given in the following scriptures.

Ephesians 4:11 [New International Version]

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,

12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


*** 3 PEOPLE WHO COMPRISE THE INNER CIRCLE OF THE VISIONARY TEAM

James/Prophet: [as described in the Grace 5 handbook* with regard to the prayer meeting*]. Peter/Evangelist: [as described in the Grace 5 handbook* with regard to the Good News meeting*]. John/Teacher: [as described in the Grace 5 handbook with regard to the Bible Study meeting*]]

Matthew 10:2 [New International Version]


~~ LEADERSHIP CORE OF 12 IS GATHERED

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot,


3 sets of 4 Ministries --- PROPHET, EVANGELIST, PASTOR, TEACHER. [as described in Prologue 2]


The leadership core stage provides a group to own and oversee the vision. This core stage consists of 12 leaders chosen because of their potential for their obedience to the Lord, not because of their learning or their apparent ability. They are the basic community for preparing future leaders. The Pastor provides for stability at this stage. The first set of Elders can be drawn from this group as well.

Luke 10:1 [New International Version]

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two {Some manuscripts seventy; also in verse 17} others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.


~~~ THE SUPPORT NETWORK OF 70 FOLLOWERS SETS THE PROTOTYPE.

The support network stage gathers together those who will implement the vision. Jesus equipped and trained His core group, and an extended family network over a period of about 3 years, and who were often deployed 2 or by 3. These are made up of multiples of the prophet, pastor, evangelist and teacher ministries depending on the need of the situation.

Acts 2:1 [New International Version]

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.

4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues {Or languages; also in verse 11} as the Spirit enabled them.


~~~ 120 BECOME THE FIRST BASE CONGREGATION.

The base congregation forms the unit where power for ministry and multiplication can happen. The upper room experience! The structure as shown in the prologues and the Grace 5 handbooks is a vital element in preparing the congregation to be able to give full expression to the power they will receive from the Holy Spirit. Good vegetation can only be grown in fertile, well prepared ground. This is the point at which the established cell groups can begin setting themselves up as above to start making other congregations. The result will be as these verses below describe.


Acts 2:41 [New International Version]

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

42 ¶ They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.

44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

Acts 4:4 [New International Version]

But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.


~~~ 3000 AND 5000 WHO BECOME CONVERTS.

They then represent the resurrected Christ in His new spiritual body the Church, harmonized into the multiplication of cells, congregations and churches in “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth” as described in this prologue and in prologue 2*. The Grace 5 handbooks* complete the information needed for the foundation of the Glorious Church. The church expands the vision; the cycle continues until all who will have been called into the Kingdom of God.


So that there is no division or discord or lack of adaptation (of the parts of the body to each other), but the members all alike have a mutual interest in and care for one another.

And if one member suffers, all parts [share] the suffering; if one member is honored, all the members [share in] in the enjoyment of it.

Now (collectively) are Christ’s body and (individually) you are members of it, each part severally and distinct --- each with his own place and function.

1 Corinthians 12:25 – 27 [Amplified Bible]


The reason we can call this the Glorious Church is shown in the following scriptures: -

Ephesians 4:11 -16

11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us,] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, travelling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.

[authors note – pastor and teacher are from two different Greek words ---‘

pastor’ is strongs 4166 poimhn poimen poy-mane' , and ‘teacher’ is strongs 1320 didaskaloj didaskalos did-as'-kal-os ,and therefore are two different ministries and offices.]

12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church),

13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and the comprehension of the full and accurate knowledge of the Son of God; that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood --- the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection --- the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, and the completeness found in Him.

14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching, and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, (gamblers engaged) in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.

15 Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth in all things --- speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him, Who is the Head, [even] Christ the Messiah, the Anointed One.

16 For because of Him the body (the church, in all its various parts closely) joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly (in all its functions), grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.


Please note verse 13 in particular which states that if we do the five-fold ministry we will become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ,

and if that is the situation how can the Church that is set up in this way be anything but the Glorious Church ?


The numbers in the general body of Prologue 1* have significance as well as we can see from the comments below.


Wherever the numbers below are found in the Bible they are found to have the given contextual meaning.


Multiples of numbers enhance the meaning by the equivalent of the multiple, and meaning of the original number


To contextualize the above we need to take note of the following in the scriptures:

1 = beginning, source.

2 = witness, testimony

3 = Godhead, wholeness

4 = earth, world, 4 corners, 4 winds, 4 seasons

6 = against man/men, satan

5 = grace, offerings, ministry.

7 = divine perfection, completeness.

8 = Resurrection, new beginnings

9 = Finality, Fullness, time from conception to birth, what God gives.

10 = law order, government, Ten Commandments, human responsibility.

11 = Incompleteness, destruction.

12 = Divine government, 12 apostles, administration.


***In God’s kingdom it is never about status; but about function and responsibility***


Believers --- ‘Ecclesia’ --- the called out ones [from the world]. This applies to everybody in the Body of Christ, no matter what functions they may take on, and this aspect remains eternally, which means that even if one has a world-wide ministry, we must never forget that one is just a believer with other believers, and one fellowships with other believers on that basis, and ministry is part of our function and responsibility not about status.


*The prologues and the Grace 5 handbooks are individual explanations of the areas of their concern, based on research into those areas since 1989. Revelation from the Holy Spirit was and is crucial to the impact and grasp of the implications of each section now and into the future.

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