There are certain questions every person, and every church must ask in every generation. Questions like:
Do we minister to those Jesus ministered to?
Do we minister in the same power Jesus did?
Is our emphasis on life, mission, and Kingdom the same as Jesus’?
Are we doing everything the churches of the Bible did?
Do we minister the way ministers of the Bible ministered?
Is everything that was important to the churches in the Bible important to us?
Do we believe in everything that churches in the Bible believed in?
Are things that were important to the first apostles important to us?
Is our message the same as the first apostle’s message?
Do our churches have the same leadership model as the churches in the Bible?
Is our task the same task as the Bible Christians?
Do we have the same power to minister in our day as the Christians had in Bible days?
Is there anything different in our worldview than in Bible days?
Has God changed anything from the Day of Pentecost to the Church of today?
Have the letters of Paul, Peter, and others taken on a different meaning for us than for Bible days?
If we can’t honestly ask ourselves these questions, and others like them while assuming the Bible is our pattern in all things then we have allowed events and times to change us. We have allowed practices, emphasis, doctrine, mission, message, power, culture, lifestyle, and leadership, and so on to change us until it is all washed away into man-made religious mush! May it never be so.
If Jesus said it then He still says it. If Jesus did it then He still does it. If the people of the Bible did it then we can and should do it. If Paul and others wrote letters to the church in the Bible then the letters are still for the church.
“I also will ask you a question….” Jesus