Friday, March 27, 2009
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
It was a Sunday meeting last week, and we had a group visiting from Minnetonka who is also pursuing house-church networking. We also think we may have been among the first group around to have our grills fired up this "Spring". Here are some pics:
What About the Keys?
In ancient times, Jesus spoke against the "lawyers" of His day (I know, that's why He was considered so wise) and said,"Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering." But today we wonder, what were those keys? Knowledge of what?
Keys speak of authority...without them, we are not "authorized" to open our car-our house-our firesafe at home. It's also pretty hard to drive a car without them. Are we missing some keys, and what is it we are prevented from doing without them? I have taken Jesus's words somewhat personally, being a lawyer myself, and it has compelled me to see about one thing: giving them back. It's the knowledge of the spiritual authority of the believer; the inheritance, the hope, and the power given to us all by grace; the tools of the Kingdom given in healing (physical and otherwise), victory in spiritual warfare and understanding gifts, and speaking our testimony - how God has reached into and transformed our lives.
This coming Saturday we are gathering again to eat, worship, and dialogue on our last two "core values", and we're getting ready to branch into three home groups - Exciting times ahead!