I am convinced that in order to restore that kind of NT church life in Acts, the present Church must first recover the principle of one anothering or mutual ministry. For far too long we have neglected this. In fact, we need leaders who would do anything, even removing themselves from standing in the way. We need leaders who will not lead, but serve one another as fellow pilgrims. We need leaders who care little about remaining nameless, having titles and collecting offerings. We only need ordinary brothers and sisters who are motivated by love to lay down their lives for others. And those saints will not elevate themselves over and above others, in words or in actions. They share lives, joy and problems together, learning from one another and ever loving one another as fellow priests before the living God.
Having said that, I am not against leadership gifts or functions. And even those who prefer to be led by man must also learn to rely on the Holy Spirit instead. It's no good having leaders who will not lead, but the rest yearning for a man to lead. It takes all to understand the principle of one anothering before one anothering can actually take place among all. This also means that each and every believer must know their precious identity and position in Christ. It is often an under-understanding of this that results in man needing a human leader when He alone is our true Leader. The Church has only One Head and He is Jesus Christ.
So much so of my rumblings. Do check out this short article titled "Four Tragic Shifts In The Visible Church 180-400 A. D." by Jon Zens.
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