>REVOLUTION- Revolution of the Church
Revolution- Completion, rotation, a turning
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise…” Eph. 5:15
The command to walk circumspectly means to walk diligently, perfectly, exactly, or accurately. It is a REVOLUTIONARY look at life and living it for God to the fullest.
To break the word into it’s root parts, circum- indicates “around”, a circle, -spect indicates to look or examine. In other words, live life literally looking completely around, fully understanding, prudently, wisely.
In these days, the church must be ever more circumspect. Pitfalls await the church that is looking only in the direction of creating numbers, dollars, buildings, or anything else that, in and of itself, is less than God’s plan and will for His body in these last days. Compromise is one of the greatest pitfalls, and it is witnessed in many sectors of Christianity every day. The church CAN be and MUST be built on practices and principles that are rooted in the Word of God and sound doctrine! What simply “works” is not enough, and when closely examined, only works to bring about a result that is unbiblical and undesirable to Jesus Christ. The church can determine what really works, not by going along with the example set by other Christian or even secular organizations, but by praying and practicing the Word of God and relying on the Spirit of God, as the church at Antioch did (Acts 13:1-3).
A body of believers that is built of members that have learned to walk circumspectly is in a better position to do the work of the Lord than one that is made of members that have not been taught, equipped, and ministered to. That is why Beech Bluff has focused the first half of 2009 building strong individuals and families, which are the backbone of a healthy church.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
“One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” John Maxwell’s Law of Significance, The 17 Indispensible Laws of Teamwork
The Body of Christ is one, with individual, particular members. It is the duty of every church to disciple believers “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). (See my blog on building teamwork in the church.)
Jesus spoke of His church before it was ever known as the church when He said, “…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” (Matthew 16:18). He said this because it would be built upon the doctrine of the Apostles and Prophets, and He Himself would be the chief Cornerstone.
Beyond this fact, however, it is OUR duty and great responsibility to see that the Church carries the Gospel to every creature, nation, tribe, and tongue! What an awesome responsibility this cross we carry entails! I want to perform that work with all my heart, with the Spirit of God in me, and with the Body of Christ around me, until the Lord comes!