Welcome to the Greene Street Letters. It has become my venue for sharing what is going on at Vineyard Recovery Church. Don't let the word Church scare you. The Greene Street Letters is a daily posting to simply say that there is more to life than what you see. More to life than "stuff". My simple take of 60+ years of following Jesus. Some days were good days...some days I managed to get off in the ditch. He is worthy of the pursuit, so that is what I do........I pursue Jesus in everything I do. Not the Jesus of the church. Not the Jesus of the denomination. Nothing wrong with those things, but Jesus is so much more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you return from time to time to stop and ponder your own relationship with Jesus. God on you....mb

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Doing HIS Stuff!




Matthew 28:19-20
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations....
Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you....
I am with you always, even to the end of the age....

If you've spent any time at all in church, you are very familiar with the "Great Commission".  A flinging out of the church after Christ ascended back to heaven.
He called us "Salt" in Matthew 5, and then commanded us to not live our lives in the "salt shaker a.k.a. the church, but rather to be "Shook" out so that we can carry on his mission here on earth.

Interesting term, "Teaching them to observe".
Observer does not mean "Watch"...It means DO!
We observe the holiday of Christmas. But in our observation we rip open packages to see what presents we've been given. There is an active participation on our part. So when we teach others to observe what we've been taught by Christ, there is a "Doing" on their part in the kingdom work of God. Of course logic dictates that we have been participating in the work first. 

Healing the sick....
Casting out of demons....
Feeding the poor....

Visiting those who are in prison....
And....
Wait for it...
Here comes the big one that scares the church to death...
Raise the dead..

"Do you really believe that, Michael?"
Sure do.
Hasn't happened for me yet, but believe me I've prayed for it to happen.

I do know this...
If I don't pray...
Then no one gets healed...
No demon is removed from a person's life...
No one IS raised from the dead.


All of these behaviors I've listed this morning is a part of the kingdom work Jesus has called every believer to enter into.
The main reason folks don't is that no one has ever told them they could...or shown them how.

John Wimber, founder of the Association of Vineyard Churches, lived his life under the phrase..."Everyone gets to play" by this he meant that Kingdom work is not reserved for a select few who have attained a holiness that the common believer could never reach. Wimber truly (and I do also) believed that if you are born again, then the Holy Spirit of God has been deposited inside you to aid you, direct you, and empower you to do the works of Christ.
Sounds strange to some who may be reading this posting, but believe me...
It has become a vital part of my relationship with Jesus...this "Doing the Stuff" as Wimber called it.

Below is a short video of John talking about "Doing the Stuff".

Enjoy...
God on you...
mbb


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