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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
22 Oct Monday Evening

Was talking to my mum last Monday evening, together with my wife till midnight. As usual, the topics revolve around church issues, and we manage to talk about the issue on authority in the church. With no surprise, she confused spiritual authority with positional authority, and basically sees elder as an office. I was glad we could open up the Scripture to share more on Luke 22:25-27 and the attitude and responsibility of an elder. Naturally, it is not without much disagreement and argument over the practical expression and transitional measures.

Her concern is what one would be able to sympathize, that the majority of the group becomes so passive (due to the imprisonment of the institutional mindset) that they would not contribute anything but are only prepared to receive from some spiritual leader or guru. The long term solution is definitely not spoon feeding. Rather the challenge lies in awakening their call as a kingdom of functioning priests! And how just do you achieve that? I am leaving this open to God's leading under each unique circumstance of the different groups. If you have experiences with those good problems, I would love to hear those stories from you.

At the end of the day, she was frank that she has not received enough light from the Lord to leave the institutional church at the moment, though she knows that that is not her home. In a nutshell, she wants the Lord to give her the conviction, if it is truly His will for her to meet outside the institutional church. If you are intending to explore house churches, do pray and count the cost. God did not promise it to be easy, but it is a narrower and more difficult road. Yet, it is one where God gets the most glory.

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