The 4 Stages of an Organic Church

A good model for understanding the four stages of church life is that of the three chief ministries of Jesus Christ—Prophet, Priest, and King. There is the prophetic stage, the priestly stage, and the kingship stage. The honeymoon stage can be likened unto the prophetic ministry of Christ. Prophets are seers. They possess spiritual sight.…

The Church in Crisis

As with any life form, organic churches pass through various stages of growth. In my experience, those stages follow a common pattern. The first stage is “the honeymoon period.” This is where everything is beautiful. At least it looks that way at first blush. The members experience an uncommon freedom. Their fellowship is sweet and…

The Marks of the Early Church: Part 2

      * The early Christians lived as a close-knit community. They didn’t think in terms of the individual. Their understanding and thinking was not in line with “me” or “I.” Instead, they thought and lived in terms of “we” and “us.” To their minds, there was no disconnect between getting saved and being…

The Marks of the Early Church: Part 1

The Divine quest is what gave birth to the church. The church, or ekklesia, is a spiritual organism. Conceived in eternity past, the church was born on the day of Pentecost in the city of Jerusalem. From there it spread to Rome and beyond. If you read the book of Acts and the Epistles, you…

Spiritual Poverty

How well can you know the Lord? You can know Him in proportion to the poverty that is within your heart. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” The opposite of that statement is what Laodicean church said of itself: “I am rich and have need of nothing.” En. Revelation 3:17. A sure mark of spiritual…

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FRANK VIOLA author has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. He has written many books on these themes, including God’s Favorite Place on Earth and From Eternity to Here. See Viola’s website.

The Paradox of Spiritual Truth

Sometimes our spiritual experiences and insights will constitute a paradox. That is, they will appear to stand in contradiction to one another. For instance, some in the church may emphasize the sovereignty of God in all things. They will remind the church that all difficult things which come into our lives have passed through the…

When Jesus Moves On

Perhaps Jesus will meet all our expectations in the beginning when He woos us to Himself; but that season will eventually end. And just when you think you’ve laid hold of Him, He will slip out of your grasp. He will appear to us as a stranger. But upon second glance, we shall discover that…