Servant at the Door
Receive little children in His name.
Receive every saint as a member and
Receive all without over-burdening them.
Receive the word with great eagerness,
When you are not received.
Making Disciples to Christ
Making learners of Christ is how people are brought in and grown up into Christ.
Matthew 8:23; 9:10; 14:15-22;
The life, words & actions of
Matthew 8:23; 9:10; 14:16-22;
Most often in groups,
* Instruct as He instructs.
[e.g., Matthew 5,6,7; Acts 11:25]
* Do what is instructed.
[e.g., Matthew 18:1-11; 19:13-15; 26:26]
* Send His new disciples to do what has been both demonstrated and instructed.
[e.g., Matthew 10]
Fishing For Men
Follow the Master, and you will fish for men, and with Spirit-maintained gear.
John's baptism is a baptism with/for/by repentance.
Introducing the baptism of/into Christ:
A repentant person's baptism in water becomes for them an inquiry/appeal to God for a clear/clean
it is written in
Obedience to Christ being greater than ready means.
Readiness and Zeal
Let us hasten with instancy and zeal to accomplish every good work. [I Clement 33:1]
ritual [religion] clean and undefiled with God the Father is this: to be visiting the bereaved [orphans] and widowed in their affliction, [and] to be keeping oneself unspotted [unstained] from the world. This is the clear extent of ritual for those in Christ.
NOT DONE IN THE MANNER OF RITUAL: Fellowship in communion, prayer, hospitality, baptism, washing of feet, making disciples, feasts, songs, readings, memorial, sending, receiving, distributing,
Always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men. Members of Christ's body should have mutual care for one another.
Be hospitable to one another without murmuring.
Younger & Older Care is
Preparation of the Feast
[Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:12-27;
The recipe for unleavened bread may be as simple as some flour with a little water and/or oil, mixed together well, rolled or flattened by hand, and baked quickly inside a hot oven. In some places or times, olive oil, butter, milk, and/or salt are added before baking. Also before baking, the flattened dough may be pierced or scored to emulate the pierced body of Christ at His sacrifice at Golgotha.
In ekklesia (edah + cahal), the prepared bread is broken as we participate in a remembrance (memorial) of Christ as He instructed.
Washing of Feet
Furnishings in the ekklesia/edah
Preparation in ekklesia/edah
Music and Song
It is good to sing praises unto our God.
Mary & Martha
Sending, Receiving, Distributing of messengers and gifts is done in love for the building up of the Body of Christ across distance. Good accounts of these things are recorded
Working With Your Hands
II Corinthian 5:14-15;
We no longer live to ourselves, no longer doing anything out of selfish ambition.
What of provisioning?
I Corinthians 9:1-18;
Paul also writes, For you yourselves are aware how you must be imitating us, for we are not disorderly among you, neither did we eat bread gratuitously [absent good cause above personal need] from anyone, but, with toil and labor, we are working day and night so as not to be burdensome to any
In another place, Paul reminds, When we were with you, we gave this instruction to you: "If anyone will not work, neither let him eat."
Some of your work may be for simple wages in this life. Know also, Jesus reveals
Now we plead for you, brothers, that you excel/be superabounding all the more, and that you be ambitious to be quiet, and to engage in what is required of you, and to be working with your hands, just as we have instructed you, that you be walking uprightly toward those outside, and that you may not be in need.
Rather than by way of ceremony and religious or
Genesis 2:18-25; 29:26-29;
The Song of Songs
re: Conflict & Stumbles
Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.
In season, our Lord may require service & duty behind lines, where strongholds of spiritual darkness persist; deception, delusion, seduction
from The Apology of Aristides:
But the Christians, O King, while they went about and made search, have found the truth; and as we learned from their writings, they have come nearer to truth and genuine knowledge than the rest of the nations. For they know and trust in God, the Creator of heaven and of earth, in whom and from whom are all things, to whom there is no other god as companion, from whom they received commandments which they engraved upon their minds and observe in hope and expectation of the world which is to come. Wherefore they do not commit adultery nor fornication, nor bear false witness, nor embezzle what is held in pledge, nor covet what is not theirs. They honour father and mother, and show kindness to those near to them; and whenever they are judges, they judge uprightly. They do not worship idols (made) in the image of man; and whatsoever they would not that others should do unto them, they do not to others; and of the food which is consecrated to idols they do not eat, for they are pure. And their oppressors they appease/comfort and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies; and their women, O King, are pure as virgins, and their daughters are modest; and their men keep themselves from every unlawful union and from all uncleanness, in the hope of a recompense to come in the other world. Further, if one or other of them have bondmen and bondwomen or children, through love towards them they persuade them to become Christians, and when they have done so, they call them brethren without distinction. They do not worship strange gods, and they go their way in all modesty and cheerfulness. Falsehood is not found among them; and they love one another, and from widows they do not turn away their esteem; and they deliver the orphan from him who treats him harshly. And he, who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. And when they see a stranger, they take him in to their homes and rejoice over him as a very brother; for they do not call them brethren after the flesh, but brethren after the spirit and in God. And whenever one of their poor passes from the world, each one of them according to his ability gives heed to him and carefully sees to his burial. And if they hear that one of their number is imprisoned or afflicted on account of the name of their Messiah, all of them anxiously minister to his necessity, and if it is possible to redeem him they set him free. And if there is among them any that is poor and needy, and if they have no spare food, they fast two or three days in order to supply to the needy their lack of food. They observe the precepts of their Messiah with much care, living justly and soberly as the Lord their God commanded them. Every morning and every hour they give thanks and praise to God for His loving-kindnesses toward them; and for their food and their drink they offer thanksgiving to Him. And if any righteous man among them passes from the world, they rejoice and offer thanks to God; and they escort his body as if he were setting out from one place to another near. And when a child has been born to one of them, they give thanks to God; and if moreover it happen to die in childhood, they give thanks to God the more, as for one who has passed through the world without sins. And further if they see that any one of them dies in his ungodliness or in his sins, for him they grieve bitterly, and sorrow as for one who goes to meet
What do I need to be His servant?
Examine yourself for readiness:
“We must not do at all what we are doing here today: every man doing whatever is right in his
“Who then is Apollos? And who is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.”
“Do nothing according with selfishness/faction or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself”
“ you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have set themselves for ministry to the saints.”
“Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.”
“There were also women looking on from afar: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the lesser and of Joses, and Salome. Who also, when He was in Galilee, followed Him and ministered unto Him; and many other women came up with Him to Jerusalem.”
“ freely you have received, give without charge.”
Jesus called them to Himself, and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Let him who is greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as a servant.”
Those who act upon the words of Christ have His sure foundation in them, that what is built thereupon may endure. Recognize the Family in Christ; discern the foundation, that your works of service may not fall
His Spirit handling the scriptures in His servant, such as Paul writing of Timothy, how-that from a babe you have perceived the sacred writings; the writings being able to make you wise on-to rescuing/saving through the faith in
[II Timothy 3:15-17;
Servant authority is not to be recognized or expressed in/as some authority of our own; servant authority in Christ cannot be endowed from man or withdrawn by man. Instead, we fully accept the authority of Jesus Christ in everything. In the ekklesia/edah, source authority is never derived or dependent upon the option of men. The authority of Christ establishes
Why, then, do divisions arrive and continue today? Paul's explanation is written in
“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”
“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. And the Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The Revelation of Jesus Christ (recorded
As Jesus Christ says to us, “I will never leave/be lax with you, neither will I forsake you.”
Intrepid, discerning, reproving, admonishing, rebuking, with great patience, instruction; every word of Christ.
Bear one another's (heavier) burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ [Love].
Does my work/job make me a servant?
We become hired servants when we work for material things; working for the will of men.
Satan's slaves work for his evil purpose.
The slaves of Jesus Christ work to glorify Jehovah/Yahweh God in His eternal purpose.