A subject for consideration that relates very closely to the idea of where real ministry starts is that of where ministry should go once it starts. We need God’s direction in everything we do.
Right now, I am relating to a church that is experiencing great prosperity. They have a large, growing congregation full of educated and skilled people with much experience and their coffers are running over with money. They have realized the blessings are from God, so they proclaimed a time of 40 days of prayer and fasting to know God’s direction in their abundance! To date they are not only getting God’s direction, but they are also having many spiritual breakthroughs in lives. They realized they needed God’s direction in the days of prosperity as well as adversity.
The idea here is oneness with God and each other. Jesus prayed for this in John 17:20-23 (NKJV), “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us. That the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one; I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” With all the current pressures, modern trends, brittle traditions, and comparisons, somehow we need to get on the same page with God.
If the early church is our model, then there are four non-negotiables for oneness:
1. The written Word of God is our final authority of faith and practice. There is much pressure today to compromise the clear teaching of the Word of God. The attitude of the world creeps into the church and blurs the absolute truth of Scripture which veils the holy character of God. Remember that God is light and His love comes out of that.