PROLOGUE 2 TO GRACE 5 MEETING HANDBOOKS [1.]
PROLOGUE 2 TO GRACE 5 MEETING HANDBOOKS
The purpose of this prologue is to give expression to the underlying thought of the 5 meetings
But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:
for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Matthew 9:13 [1898 Young’s Literal translation]
Everything that follows in these handbooks must be considered in the light of the above scripture, and it would do well to remember that Christians also commit sin --- the word being derived from the term ‘hamartia’ which is an archery term meaning to miss the mark as we mature and grow.
Having experienced mercy which is the goal that Jesus wants; it will be our joy to do the spiritual sacrifices detailed in the handbooks.
The Church Body in a geographical locality is used to express the life of the Body of Christ,
and the gifts in the Church Body are used to express the ministry of its members.
What is the responsibility of the brethren of the Body of Christ?
....., to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ - their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:2, 3, [New International Version]
...and ye--ye did become imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much
tribulation, with joy of the Holy Spirit,
so that ye became patterns to all those believing in Macedonia and Achaia,
for ye became imitators, brethren, of the assemblies of God that are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because such things ye suffered, even ye, from your own countrymen, as also they from the Jews,
1 Thessalonians 1:6, 7,- 2:14. [1898 Young’s Literal Translation]
So each brother or sister must not only bear the responsibility of the local meeting – fellowships, cell group or home meeting, but also consider all the brothers and sisters who are in Christian fellowship throughout the earth.
So we need
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM/FUNCTION WITH CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY WITH INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OF FUNCTION
to make it all possible.