1. THE BELIEVER
1) He is only interested in his relationship with Christ
Everything outside of that holds no interest for him. He is not even interested in church life. His mind is set as a believer no matter how long he has been in the church. He could be your elder or someone holding responsible position in the church. He could be pastor in the city. He will do only what he believes or feels that God has told him to do, regardless of your direction or advice. No clue about corporate life just them and God. They have only personal relationship with God. They could not see the whole picture. You pray that God touch my heart so I can give. Whatever you say to them must be confirmed by the Lord as being of the Lord by them before they can receive it.
2) He enjoys the benefits of salvation but refuses the responsibility of salvation
“Come and everyone will receive a prophesy”, and they will come. They are interested in what they can get out of it. They think about whatever they will benefit from and that is the basis for their guidance and direction.
3) His perspective and interpretation of the Bible is personal
Many of the promises in the Bible are collective body and refer to the church or a collective community versus an individual. No gates of the enemy will prevail against the church. I give you the keys of the Kingdom – God is talking about a collective community. He is talking to the church. God cannot give all the keys to an individual. The outpouring is not on an individual but on the 120. All of them were filled with the Spirit. If you are a 44-gallon then you received 44 gallons and you are full. If you add greed into the creed then you cannot see clearly for your eyes are filled with yourself. In OT you are looking from outside to the Holy of Holies but in the NT you are looking from the place where you are sitting with Him in the heavenly place from inside out. Traditions are formed because of mindset. We must be in the spirit all the time and not with opening prayer and closing prayer. Can we give God without thinking of being blessed? Many people focus on self-perspective. Giving is always taught about receiving in return. Can we give because we love? We add our greed into the creed. God is looking outward and for the future but our perspective is always inward and for the now and for self.
4) All his prayers and efforts center around his own personal breakthroughs
He lives in a survival mentality. All he prays is for his own safety and protection. e.g. when he gives thanks for the food. More than half of the prayer is re-cooking the food or for the homeless and the hungry. He is adding religion. Everything is about themselves.
5) His mentality is established on personal edification and personal achievement
He does not see how the whole church can be established. He listens and draws out only what he wants and needs, or hears with an ear of offense. Everything is personalized and he takes everything subjective. Churches are full of believers. That’s why we don’t have church. You don’t have a church if you don’t have disciples.
2. THE MEMBER
1) He has discovered that the church is his home and not just God’s house
He now has an address. He can go anywhere but will come “home” on Sunday. He is no longer an individual but has come home into a family. He is no longer alone with God. He is not a street kid. God, him and the church. The mentality has changed from a believer to a member of the “house”. Many don’t emphasize on local church but only emphasize on salvation. All babies are born into family. You are born into a family. Many few evangelists emphasize this. This earth is where we are supposed to live out His will.
2) He understands that he must embrace corporate lifestyle and he is prepared to make adjustments to fit into it
He comes early from work to join the meetings. He reschedules his life around the activities of the house. Realizes that the need inside the church is his need and the corporate life affects his personal life and he is willing to make adjustments. Some have risen up into ministry in great measure and still struggle with greed and covetousness and lust inside the heart. The system in the church is not accurate.
3) He is prepared to make sacrifices to fulfill a common destiny
He is prepared to agree and walk together making the necessary sacrifices and commitment to go on the journey of the church together. Their minds are in agreement to stay on the same course as the house. Church life begins to take more prominence than his personal life.
4) He learns to respect authority in the house and is prepared to live a life with accountability
For the first time they understand that someone is “above” them. They ask for counsel and advice. There is now a proper spiritual covering over their lives. A believer mentality is he decides and then tells you to bless his decision. Laying on of hands is not a style of ministry but a doctrine. Who is laying hands on you? Apostolic ministry will provide spiritual covering when we come under the covering. It’s a personal relationship. You can never sleep together if you don’t ask for the hand of marriage. Spiritual covering is an official thing and not an assumed thing. So many people in church but not covered. It’s something that you desire and allow to happen in your life. Make very clear communication and response.
5) He has chosen a common identity with the people he’s associating with
This is called family characteristics. They talk a certain way, they dress a certain way, they sing a certain way. They have a certain kind of music e.g. Hosanna Integrity or the Hillsongs. We must carry the message of God whether we dress in 3-piece suit or dress casual. A family flavor. The words, the language becomes normal for them and anything outside of this is abnormal. This becomes a trademark. They have certain distinctives. Disciple is the minimum starting point where church starts.
3. THE DISCIPLE
This is the minimum starting point.
1) The disciple is willing to embrace doctrine (truth) and live it out as a lifestyle
1) The disciple is willing to embrace doctrine (truth) and live it out as a lifestyle
He is a doer of the word and not just a hearer. One of the strongest characteristics of a disciple is embracing the truth and lives according to it. Most members in the church fail because they obey whatever benefited them. He will want to pattern everything you’re teaching in his life. One of the strongest examples is from the field of Chinese martial arts like Shaolin. He learns and practices everything so that he can be like the master. The western mindset has very little understanding on discipleship – they only have coaching and mentoring program.
2) He is willing to change his thinking patterns according to the fresh truth he is receiving
There is a difference between a devotee and a disciple. A devotee learns once and practices it to the dot e.g. in fasting once a week. A devotee fights anything new. The teachers, the Scribes and the Pharisees in Jesus’ days were devotees. They made law out of the existed law. Many teachings today add on to what is not there to accommodate what is there. There are many theories, which are not there. You have added weight to the people. A disciple is able to hear the new and follow progressive revelation quickly. His mind is not locked to the past. His mind is opened for anything new. He is willing to change and move on. A devotee is stuck with the old and produces rituals and traditions. A disciple doesn’t follow traditions but follow progressive revelations. He is willing to discard everything for something new that God is revealing in the now. A devotee has trouble Moses spoke about this Abraham spoke about that and when Jesus arrived he has problem. In Acts 2 it was a loud noise like a mighty rushing wind. It was not a mighty rushing wind. If you teach anything new people react. You teach about apostles people react. Because they are not disciples. You have to convince them with many sermons.
3) He has a leader from whom he is drawing as his source of truth
He doesn’t draw from anywhere or anyone. He is clear who his leader is. He is a disciple of one. We draw from the primary source. We got to be committed for life. This is what marriage is. Trusting each other to such an extent that you only live for one another – covenant walk. Acts 19 – disciples of Apollos – he was reproduced into his disciples.
4) A disciple observes and duplicates the life of the master while he is still a disciple
In martial arts, he observes his master and practices because he wants to be like him. He wants to imitate and become like him. There is an innate nature in us to be like Christ.
5) He enters into the same ministry and primary task that God has given to the leader
Joshua took over where Moses left off. Elisha took over where Elijah left off. Timothy took over where Paul left off. The apostles took over where Jesus left off. Every major discipleship movement became a reproduction of the generation who started it. There is no discipleship if there is no continuity to the legacy. If you have believers and members you only have bricks but you don’t have a house. You only have a construction site.
4. THE MINISTER
1) A minister is one who functions and contributes his grace and gifts to the overall edification of the church
He uses all that God has given to him to make certain that everyone is blessed. He who prophesies edifies the whole body. Others turn it around for self-elevation and self-promotion. If someone is given ministry without having been a disciple it becomes destructive and gets used for self or self-promotion. They will use the position against one another to consolidate their place. They are not accountable. They are not following anybody whom they can pattern after. If you give a believer a ministry he will turn the ministry for himself. If you give a member a ministry he will rise in the ministry and discover he can do better in another church and he will leave. But a disciple is connected to you and to the house.
2) He is defined by his function and not by his position
Song leading is not a position but a function. We can change song leader but you are not demoted. Singers, musicians, ushers are not a position but function. We have problems when we make it a position and we cannot move the people. There are only few permanent positions in the house. The Senior Pastors, the elders and the deacons – these are appointed positions. All other positions are dissolvable. The stage is not a marketable position. The whole team of musicians is only a ministry of help. But we make it a main ministry of the church. Imagine the Senior Pastor is a prophet and apostle and submits himself and the church to the song leader who is of lower level of anointing. And then the Senior Pastor has to bring it up to where he is to start all over again. A true ministry must be functional.
3) He is required to move in a spirit of excellence to provide maximum contribution
If he is a minister of the word then he must be sharp and accurate. If he is minister in singing then he must learn to tune himself and his voice to sing accurate. A minister must be one step above the rest. They must do well in whatever they are doing. They must excel in every good thing. If they are average train them until they excel.
4) He functions under authority and lives in total accountability to the leaders whom he represents
They must be accountable to the leader above them. Should freely be able to receive without defensiveness. It’s dangerous to raise up people who want to do anything without answer to the leader above them. There must be freedom but within the boundary.
5) He desires to capture the heart of the owner of the ministry and he will be given an opportunity to inherit the ministry in the future
“And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:12) The translation is that if you have not been faithful in the use of what is another’s ministry who will give you the ownership of it. Charismatic translation is if you have been faithful to another man’s ministry God will give you a ministry of your own. If you are faithful in another man’s ministry, God will give you power to own what you served. Elisha owned what he served in Elijah. Timothy owned what he served in Paul. Joshua owned what he served in Moses. The apostles owned what they served in Jesus. You serve a man’s ministry faithfully, one day God will give you power to own it and handle it as though it is your own. Don’t add your greed into your creed. Many are serving the Pastor with the motive of having a ministry of their own and leave the church to start their own ministry like hyenas.
5. SONS IN THE HOUSE
Sons have inheritance and the Son is living in them, both male and female.
1) Sons are connected to the father of the house and not just to the meetings
He enjoys the relationship and not just the sharing of responsibilities. The strength of your ministry is in proportionate to the strength of your relationship with the father. You are connected to his heart. You are not doing things for him. Personal relationship with the father. You are not representing him in responsibility. You are representing him as a person. Many don’t have relationship with the father. They don’t know the father. They don’t communicate with the father. Loose connection will have short circuit. Most of our leaders don’t know us they only share our work. Sons must be directly connected to your heart.
2) Sons connect to the people of the house, knowing they are their father’s other sons
The way I love the church is how my sons need to love the church. How to have true sons when they hate other sons? There will be sibling rivalry in the church. True son will love the other sons as the father loves them or else the son will misrepresent the father.
3) Sons are connected to the purpose and vision of the house
He doesn’t have a vision of his own. He discovers the vision and walks in the vision that is already there. A son continues the vision of the father and doesn’t hijack the vision. The son pursues exactly what the father pursues. It’s dangerous to have leaders who move the church into another direction. Every message you preach you must preach as though it is the only last message and God will know how to balance it. Some leaders try to balance it and they will divide the congregation and create confusion and chaos. All leaders must be so one with the father as Peter stood up the rest stood with him.
4) Sons provide for the vision of the house
Servants labor for wages or rewards but sons labor for inheritance. Servants do whatever they can. The sons do more than they should. Their giving capacity toward the house and the vision is superb because they are investing that one day they will have a future and an inheritance in the house. They will go beyond measure. They see the house as their future. This is my father’s house. I must be about my father’s business. Their heart is attached to the work.
5) Sons become fathers and carry the legacy to new heights
You can sit back and listen to your words and heart coming through another human life. They say what you want to say. They do what you want to do. They carry the heart of yours. This is the old man’s dream becoming a reality. The father captured the dreams of heaven and the sons will carry the dreams into the nations of the world. Sons and daughters can carry on your dreams