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Healed through Forgiveness
Many years ago, I was overseas on a mission trip to teach about Spiritual Growth. The family who hosted me invited me to go to their church. The local pastor invited me to the podium to preach. As I waited for my turn I sensed inside my heart that the Holy Spirit wanted me to speak on the subject of forgiveness not on spiritual growth as I was previously planning. As Christ’s disciple, I learned early on in life to go with the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Scripture that came to my mind was from Matthew 18:21-35. As I delivered my message there was a deep silence within the audience. On the way back to their house, the hosts asked me, “Do you know what happened during the church service?” I said, “I have no idea. What happened?” The hosts said, “Your message deeply touched our hearts.” They continued, “For several years now we have been hurt and wounded by some people in leadership in this church. There were a lot of unfounded and unjust accusations against us. We have been humiliated and put down. We were not allowed to minister though music anymore in that church. It has been very hard for the entire family. The Holy Spirit convicted us and we are committed to follow the steps you taught us in your sermon.”
The next day I went to a different town to preach. When I returned to my host family, they told me that they went to a leader’s house. They humbled themselves, and even though they were the victims in this entire situation, they extended their forgiveness for all they have done to them. Of course, as in many similar occasions, the offenders did not admit anything. Therefore there was no reconciliation but the Holy Spirt was present and did what only God can do – liberated and healed these victims. They retuned home very happy.
We praised God for this. We prayed and thanked the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness. At the end the sister who was deeply hurt said, “I feel so light. I am so happy and free. I was not able to pray and rejoice in the Spirit like this since the whole ordeal took place years ago. I praise God for everything!”
I returned to the States. After a short while I received a message from this family.
Here is the message:
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With love in Christ,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
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 The Greek word mathetes (translated disciple) is found more than 250 times in the New. According to Greek Bible scholar Spiros Zodhiates, editor of the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, mathetes “means more than mere pupil or learner. It means an adherer who accepts the instruction given to him and makes it his rule of conduct.” In other words a New Testament type disciple is one who learns by putting what he or she learns into experience.
I strongly believe that the calling of the 21st century Church is similar to that of the first Century Church:
(a) to stay focused on Christ (see Hebrews 12:2) and (b) to set the mind on things above (see Colossians 3:1-3).
From this heavenly position, the Church should practice these 4 Spiritual Dimensions: Evangelism, Discipleship, Spiritual Disciplines, and Worship under grace and not legalism. To describe this dynamic I use the diagram above:
As we can see in this simple diagram each side of the rectangle contains important statements, such as:
(3) Spiritual Disciplines
These were the main focus of the first century Church. In my opinion, these are also the most important spiritual dimensions of the local church today. I want to emphasize that spiritual disciplines do not transform us; only God can through the Holy Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 3:7). Simply put, spiritual disciplines create the space for practicing the presence of God. With these in mind, the church is commissioned by God to:
(1) Evangelize. The Church is the vehicle to carry the Good News to the entire world. “And He said to them, go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]” (Mk. 16:15 AMP).
(2) Make disciple. Disciples are made not born. Together with the evangelistic dimension the Church is commissioned by God to make disciples. “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19-20 AMP). It cannot get any clearer than this.
(4) Practice spiritual disciplines. These include the inward disciplines: Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, Study, the outward disciplines: Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, Service, and the corporate disciplines: Confession, Worship, Guidance, Celebration. All of these were an important priority in Paul’s life. He writes, “But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]” (1 Cor. 9:27 AMP).
(4) Worship. We are created for connection with God. Moreover, we are created for worship. Worship fulfills us and brings us in the presence of God. Several psalms (one after another: 145-150) are dedicated for worship and praising the Lord. “Every day [with its new reasons] will I bless You [affectionately and gratefully praise You]; yes, I will praise Your name forever and ever” (Ps. 145:2 AMP).
In my humble opinion, all four dimensions are essential for today’s church in order to create the necessary space for:
(i) Growth in love (see Ephesians 4:11-16),
(ii) Cultivating the mind of Christ, (see Philippians 2:1-4), and
(iii) Transformation into the image of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 8:28-30).
In short, this is my personal view of what the local church is all about.
As always, I love your comments.
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
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