Helpful Tidbits for Organic Church Life                                        October 27, 2008
Be of Noble Character
My Reflections
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One of the things I like most about my Christian family is their love for the Bible. In fact, even if Paul (the Apostle) himself showed up at one of our gatherings and gave some teaching, those in my house church would check what Paul said against the Scriptures.
I'm very proud of this group! As Luke notes of the Bereans, these folks are of "noble" character, correctly dividing the word of truth.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION/TOPIC: Would Luke compare your simple church to the Bereans or the Thessalonians?
Be of Noble Character 
Excerpt from Acts of the Apostles by Luke
As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men (Acts 17:10-12).
My Reflections
One of the big questions concerning "house" churching is the threat of heresy. Is this a legitimate concern? Perhaps. But to the degree that it is, it should also be a concern in churches led by "trained professionals."
If fact, I contend that the threat of heresy in larger churches is greater. How so? Too often, people blindly follow charismatic leaders, often becoming lazy in their own study. Although I won't go into it here, if I needed to I could point to quite a large list of heresies that have come out of either mainline churches or so-called modern-day revivals.
What's the cure for all this? People committed to being knowers and doers of the word (Jms 1:22-25). And then, as knowers and doers, in grace and love stand up for the truth. Proverbs reminds us, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Prov 27:17).
Now, let me address one last important issue with a question. Does your organic church expression have a culture of learning and mutual instruction? Consider the humility of Apollos as he received instruction from Priscilla and Aquila.
"Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately" (Acts 18:24-26).
Occasionally, my Christian brothers and sisters seek to instruct me (...and, yes, I do listen). For example, I've added some verbiage under the "video" section in the left-hand column this week because my friend, Lisa, suggested I do so to remind "babes in Christ" that although the content of the videos may be informative, no one should blindly assimilate information without testing it against the Scriptures. Fair enough.
The above example is only one of many...and many, many more to come. Why? Because Christian leadership isn't about being right all the time, it's about modeling humility, seeking truth, and walking with others as fellow disciples of Jesus.
Hope this was of some benefit to you.

Traver Dougherty
The Banqueting Table