PROLOGUE 2 TO GRACE 5 MEETING HANDBOOKS [3.]
* The goal of all Work: 5 fold is the establishment of local churches: cell groups. If we make our Wwork: 5 fold the basis of a separate unit of God's people, then we are building up a sect or denomination, not a church.
So we see the following: -
# God establishes a church cell group/local church in a given locality.
# He raise up gifted men/women: 5 fold in the church for the ministry.
# He sends some of these specially equipped men/women into the Wwork: 5 fold.
# These men/women establish local churches: cell groups in different places.
# He raises up other gifted people among these churches: cell groups for the ministry of building up the local church: cell groups.
# Some of these men/women are in turn thrust forth to work in other fields.
# And so the Body of Christ becomes all it is meant to be.
This is where it is essential to again activate the geographical principle; and that is the one of region or area.
Whereas the churches: cell groups are always only local, the Wwork: 5 fold is regional. A local church: cell group is in one geographical locality, and many such localities/cell groups form a region.
And also there cannot be only one Wworker: 5 fold per local church: cell group, otherwise the whole Wwork: 5 fold would self-destruct. What is needed is `companies' of Wworkers: 5 fold working on a 5-fold basis moving among the regions, raising up new local churches: cell groups, and then recognizing new 5-fold `companies' from within the that local church: cell groups.
Following that every effort should be made to encourage believers to pick up their Melchizedekal priesthood [as discussed in the Grace five handbooks], and to move into full-fledged ministries, in company with other Wworkers: 5 fold.
Jesus is the only Head of His Church: cell groups and it must be clearly understood as well, that there is NO, NO occasion in which any local church: cell group exercises jurisdiction over any other local church: cell group.
The church meetings of believers, i.e. local churches: cell groups; have neither a regional council nor headquarters. Local churches: cell groups function in conjunction with Elders, who in turn co-operate with; and who are placed in position initially by the Apostle/Workers: 5 fold. Elders function by area, but are not necessarily Workers: 5 fold per se', although Elders `can' have both responsibilities.
2. The "JERUSALEM" [Acts 1:8} principle is applied to the Wworkers: 5 fold: -
You will be my witnesses: -
* first in Jerusalem
* then in Judea
* then in Samaria
* and to the ends of the earth.
These were the last words [instruction] given before Jesus ascended to the right hand of His Father!
So we see that each region has a central point from which it operates a common focal point....... We see this in the scriptures, with the Work: 5 fold initially being centered in Jerusalem, then subsequently also in Antioch. In Jerusalem Peter was an elder, but in terms of the whole Work: 5 fold he was an apostle. Thus in those terms he had a double responsibility.
There is no support in the scriptures for the common practice of assigning a Wworker: 5 fold to a given locality for Work; and for the government of the Church there.
The choice of a center for the Work: 5 fold is God's responsibility, only h