” We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
God does make His appeal through us. Jesus is not here. We are. We are His hands and feet…as well as His lips and fingers.
Much of what I have read recently came together yesterday the way rivers, streams, and runoff come together to produce torrents and flash floods. I have been quite busy scribbling notes as the Holy Spirit fed me insights, connections, and brilliant ideas.
At some point I thought of writing this all in a book … a book of instruction for individuals and churches. However, the penlight of the Spirit revealed that I was being drawn toward the trap of anticipating notoriety, fame, success, and reward. It didn’t take much convincing to change my mind. So, nope, I’m not going there. I will lay it all out here as individual posts.
First of all, God is responsible for this work.. He directed it.
Jesus led me to the blogs, books, and writings which have been blended to support the concepts put forth here. He planted the idea for me to write this and even made me slow down in my reading at the parts that were key to the development of these ideas. The Holy Spirit gave me joy when the concept really started to take off and I depend on Him to pave the way for me to get the necessary permissions to borrow the essential truths from the various sources of research and insight. Jesus orchestrated the book; I am merely conducted the work and performing the writing. Furthermore, any spelling, punctuation, or grammar errors are His. (Just kidding)
As I wait to get permission from specific publishers, I will set up the environment of what I hope to address:
Have you ever turned to a church for help and were told “no,” or were merely ignored, or were referred to the state or country department of social services? …even if you were known to be Christian and a member of that denomination?
Have you ever wondered why mega-churches thrive and smaller churches are failing?
Have you ever wondered why the seriously struggling in our neighborhoods have a stronger faith in God than those who seem to be truly blessed by God?
Have you ever experienced yourself drifting from your faith when hardships lighten up?
Have you ever wondered why so many of the wealthy and successful blow it by falling prey to drugs, addictions, adultery, crime, and suicide?
Have you ever felt alone within a congregation…misunderstood, ignored, marginalized?
Has it ever taken you a week to do what you could do in 15 minutes…if all the time you had was 15 minutes?
Do you ever get drawn off track by enticements, doubts, pride, addictions to validation, fear, or memories of abuse?
Do you ever feel that you have something to give but no one to give it to? There is no one who wants it?
I am going to present a new way to be a ‘Believer in and Follower of Christ…’ a BiaFoC. Okay, that sounds awful but I may in fact use that acronym because the term Christian carries along with it a bunch of associative junk that I intend to avoid: preconceptions of what a Christian is, does, and has done…the details of which I will leave for another blog and, hopefully, a different blogger.
As I mentioned above, I hope to present advice and guidance for individuals as well as ‘BiaFoC Collectives,’ heretofore referred to as churches…a term and concept that has its own associative junk. In fact, mainline churches with their council-approved doctrines, prayer manuals, and pre-ordained services may not be flexible enough to consider the recommendations I will make. Some of what I will propose, I borrow (if not steal) from existing denominations, with slight modifications or blending. In truth, I am gleaning the best practices of many denominations and suggesting a hybrid. I can do this because 1) Jesus is suggesting it and He is the Executive Director. I don’t need anyone else’s approval; 2) I am not having to make these ideas fit within any existing paradigm.
I am a free agent. I no longer ‘belong’ to a particular denomination. I belong to Jesus. I am not ordained or formally educated in theology, apologetics, or doctrine; a seminary education limits one’s options and can weaken one’s faith…(which is another subject that I will not go into, here.)
I will address a variety of issues:
- four stages of BiaFoC faith and the keys to staying in the optimum stage;
- techniques for identifying, shedding, and ‘keeping shed’ one’s personal demons;
- keeping protected from the evil one and Practicing the Presence of God
- fundamentals of the BiaFoC Collective…
- its strengths and key components (“divide and pair up”)
- the critical mass of BiaFoCs
- the critical mass of issues
- key practices
- doing enough but not too much
- the right way to measure prosperity and success
- balancing intake and outflow
- “Reach out”…not outreach
- being public
I am excited. While I await permission to proceed, I will be composing drafts.
I am not a salesman; ask my brother if you don’t believe me. In fact, over the years, I have tried many times to market the products of my God-given talents (painting, photography, graphic design, writing,…) all to no avail. Furthermore, I doubt my writings here get very far; the typical post of mine sees less than 10 views.
If what I present appeals, use it. It comes from Jesus.