CULTURE OF HONOUR
All these points describe important aspects of the culture of honour that the Bible speaks of and that are intended to be a vital part of life and relationships within the ecclesia.
- We operate as a family not a collection of people with the same ideals, so we are all free to disagree and have a right to an opinion. Truth in love is important though.
- Consensus is the New Testament model of the Ecclesia. Even elders were not a prominent feature of the early church. (Read about the Biblical basis in Reimagining Church by Frank Viola.)
- Servant-hearted leaders, and seeking more to understand than to be understood.
- The ecclesia as an organism not an institution.
- Needing less and less to be taught as we find the source of knowledge.
- Empowerment of all versus vetting and requiring permission of the leaders. Where people are accepted for who they are and are immediately able to serve based on calling and gifts, not relationships.
- Recognising that each of us is made in the image of God, and holds strands of God’s DNA that we need to learn from.
- We are able to choose what is right for us so we do not withhold material from people, or judge the material that meets our standards – we are all powerful to make that decision ourselves.
- A godly culture of honour sticks with the relationship even in disagreement, so does not withhold friendship.
- Finding how you may promote others work, not viewing it with suspicion. This builds unity and brings a greater blessing to the whole body.
- All sons are powerful, and able with the spirit to discern right from wrong and become stronger, if we are exposed to a variety of concepts and allowed to debate them. Acknowledging we all carry aspects of the kingdom in us that are worth listening to.
- Moving away from overprotective shepherding.
- Seek to take initiative in relationship conveying that each person is worth knowing and listening to.
- This move of God is about honouring the ordinary often hidden person, not celebrity speakers. Encouraging testimonies, asking opinions, inviting collaboration.
- Facilitators build relationships with the people and facilitate their scrolls taking initiative starting a relationship. Not here is a job I need doing can anyone do it.
- We are seeing less and less an emphasis on the local ecclesia and more on organic expressions meeting where highest connection is around scrolls .
- We could place more focus on finding transformation outcomes ( are people really growing )than attendance measures.
- Including lots of opportunities to practice, recognising that we learn more through practice than academic learning.
- Provide pathways to growth for people at different levels.
- People are free to bring a word, song, picture, testimony or a piece of scripture to read in gatherings. Time given to hear from God prophetically in the main meeting (1 Corinthians 14.26).
- Where all can see its values and an invitation is made to hold facilitators accountable to these values.
- Using other resources from outside its walls to grow the body and offering to support other ministries without being asked.
Possible values of a new ecclesia:
- Intimacy with God.
- Replicating, “as it is in heaven”.
- Raising up the new generation through “one anothering”.
- Legislating in heaven and responsibility on earth.
- Only doing what we have a mandate for.
- Love and honour your neighbour as yourself.
- We are all one body across the world not just one location therefore freedom to access resources elsewhere.
- Facilitation and mutual subjection to one another moving away from a clergy / laity divide.
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A Heavenly Encounter Revealing the ECCLESIA as ONE BODY
This was my experience of going into heaven with another asking about the heavenly blueprint for the Ecclesia. We went in through the veil and saw a castle. We agreed to go in and as we saw inside we knew it represented the new Ecclesia. Everyone was mixing together and very happy.
They were allowed to move freely into other rooms and gather with those they had something in common with without feeling they were an outsider and had to ask permission to engage with that group. They were doing relationship but were more free to go where their scroll took them and not with those in charge. They did not have to be approved by their attendance or commitment or criteria of another but they were there by their giftings and scroll. There was a huge banqueting table that accommodated all in the main room where feasting was occurring.
It was a true family not a hierarchy or prison, it was not under apostles or a board of leaders of individual entities but Jesus. Facilitators looked to the needs of others so people were truly joyous.
We felt led to walk away from the castle to get a greater perspective and saw that the Ecclesia was just a small part of the bigger operations of heaven which we had to be mindful of.
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