Unity of the Spirit

There's Doctrine and Then There's Doctrine?

There's Doctrine and Then There's Doctrine?

There’s Doctrine and Then There’s Doctrine? By Henry Hon

Therefore, it is crucial for those desiring to answer the Lord’s Prayer for the oneness of His people to understand these two different kinds of doctrine. On the one hand, we need to be those who keep mining the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ so the doctrine (didache) of Jesus Christ becomes fuller and deeper for our enjoyment and our ministry to people. Satan’s strategy is designed to distract believers from focusing on and knowing Jesus Christ. 

On the other hand, we need to be wary of Satan’s other tactic: motivating ministers to emphasize Biblical doctrines (didaskalia) to the point of divisiveness whereby these “healthy teachings” turn into unhealthy food. Instead of teachers divisively tossing believers around by every wind of doctrine, what is needed are teachers who can apply Scriptures to a person in need at the right moment to bring individuals back into fellowship with Jesus for the building up of His One Body. Jesus alone is precious.

WHO'S CONTROLLING THIS EKKLESIA ANYWAY?

WHO'S CONTROLLING THIS EKKLESIA ANYWAY?

WHO’S CONTROLLING THIS EKKLESIA ANYWAY?

BY

DOUG KRIEGER

No one wants to offend a controlling host, however, this makes it all the more difficult, for true “Spirit spontaneity” in the gathering.  Is it the same one who leads off in prayer, praise and worship, some form of speaking every time?  Even with the best of intentions, the “controller” can become the “control freak” of the gathering—telling and/or even commanding people to share, pray, or whatever the “expression” takes – in sum and substance, it becomes “his/her meeting” – but NOT the meeting of the ekklesia, the gathering of the saints.  In essence, it’s really NOT an ekklesia, it’s the “controller’s ministry.” Listen up, I’m not talking about someone leading a Bible Study group—that’s an entirely different environment - sure, we’re all members of the Lord’s Ekklesia; however, having an “ekklesia-style gathering” is totally different than someone conducting a Bible study!