Talk:Tips on forming a CORE
Are they congregating to ride bicycles together? Are they congregating in a sewing circle? Are they gathering to play bridge, pinochle, or some other card game? Are they congregating to share a meal, like a dinner party? Are they congregating to watch the big game on TV? Are they congregating to help someone or another family in need, like painting a house or cleaning up after a terrible storm or fire? Are they congregating to hear someone speak? Are they members of a civil nation, registered to vote, and are assembling to cast their votes on their nation's election day? Are they congregating around a common custom and tradition like a festival or holiday gathering? Are they gathering because they shared some common experience, like war veterans, widows, widowers or cancer survivors who gather together? A Congregation of Record is simply a gathering of Elders that share a common choice for “minister” (public servant). The Congregation of Record is an assembly of elders who are gathering around a "sacred purpose trust". The Elders common purpose for gathering together in a free will assembly or congregation is because they are all striving to repent and to seek the Kingdom of God at hand and His righteousness. Its a kingdom government gathering of Elders around their His Church office of service and trust. It is like when voters freely choose to assemble at a city council meeting. Their His Church covers the individual they all independently were led in their own hearts to "call out" as their family's minister servant, just like an elected official for a civil government office, like mayor, county attorney, state legislator, county treasurer, etc. If you're led to seek the kingdom of God then you will need to choose, elect, call out, by your charitable act of giving to Jesus the Christ, a minister trustee to administer the offerings according to the doctrines and ordinances of Jesus the Christ. If other Elders of families are led to make the same choice of whom they elect to be their minister trustee, then the Elders have a shared "sacred purpose" for choosing to freely assemble together. Their "His Church" office of service and trust, is not gathering to play bridge, ride bikes, meet as widows, or because they were veterans of foreign wars, The reason is because they all freely chose to repent and seek God's kingdom government and form of law as their government.
All ministers also elect a minister to serve them and their family. Just like elected officials in civil governments also participate in elections. A minister cannot use for his own or his family's benefit what he was entrusted with by the Elders who elected him. If a minister or his family is in need, then he should seek to get help from God's altar by talking to his elected minister. Is it not one of the big gripes people have about their ministers in the civil governments of men that their elected ministers can vote for themselves benefits from the public trust? Well in the kingdom a minister cannot really make those decisions for himself with what he has been entrusted to use for the Messiah's purposes. Which is as it should be. That temptation is just too tempting for most fallen men (male or female). This is a good way to keep corruption out of the Kingdom or any government.
- 1 2. Distance is not critical
- 2 3. “Ministers” are not what you’ve been trained to think they are
- 3 4. “Elders” are natural
- 4 5. There is no need to abandon your current “church”
- 5 6. Offerings are given entirely to the minister (burnt up)
- 6 7. Every day is “election day” in the kingdom
- 7 8. Give as you are led by the Holy Spirit
- 8 9. Chemistry of Congregating
- 9 Current Kingdom Government Offices of Service and Trust that serve Congregations of Record
- 10 Footnotes
2. Distance is not critical
How far away is the office of US government public servant that serves your area? In a similar way, your His Church minister may be quite a distance from where you live. We have numerous technologies we can use to connect as if we were in the same room. While it is true that additional opportunities avail themselves if we are “local”, if we start now with what we have, we can better prepare to “hit the ground running” as we discover others nearby willing to share our journey. Congregations will form and re-form as we reach more people who are closer together. Don’t let distance be a stumbling block to getting involved.
3. “Ministers” are not what you’ve been trained to think they are
We are all familiar with how a “minister” looks and functions in the modern church. Remove that model from your mind. In a “His Church” Congregation, the “Minister” is simply who the families in congregation think might be the best capable of serving the needs of the congregation, and also being a communication point with the other congregations. He does not need to be the smartest person in the room, or the one who knows the most about the bible. He is not there to be a go-between between you and God. Think of a minister as someone who will take on the responsibility of making sure nobody in your congregation get left behind in a time of need. It is someone who can take the time to know the 2 – 10 families who have chosen him/her well enough to know when they need assistance and discern what kind of assistance will help the needy become strong again.
It is worth stating again that the His Church minister is in a position of service, not power. In the Kingdom, the ultimate position of power rests with the Elders (see below). The Elders determine the purpose, direction and flavor of the congregation. The minister is there only to aid with that task, to help keep the Elders connected, and to maintain communication with other congregations through their ministers.
4. “Elders” are natural
Every family has an “Elder” – someone who is the decider or provider or even the eldest. “Elder” is a family office, and families may have different ways of determining who is the Elder. Today’s broken families can blur this concept quite a bit, but let’s say that we can find agreement among at least part of your family on who can be considered the “Elder”. The elder of your family would be the one who can make time to interact with the other families and the minister in congregation. Contrast that image to many of the modern churches who “elect” elders to sit on a board and handle the funds of the church. Now remove that from your mind. The “Elder” of your family presents offerings to be used by the minister as he is guided by the Holy Spirit for Christ’s purposes.
5. There is no need to abandon your current “church”
Many fear that if they choose to freely assemble in a His Church Congregation that they will be choosing to leave the “church” they currently fellowship with. That is not the case. Assembling with others in a His Church Congregation is making known your choice to help your brothers in need by free will offerings so they will not need to pray to those who will provide assistance by forcing neighbors to contribute. It is turning around from the way men who lack faith have provided for the needy since Cain created his first city-state and instead of pursuing a Godly inspired caring for their neighbors by free will offerings. It is a life direction. It is repentance. You may even become an example to follow for those in that “church” if they are given eyes to see what you are doing.
6. Offerings are given entirely to the minister (burnt up)
You choose your minister as someone you trust to best perform the wishes of Christ as guided by the Holy Spirit. As part of that “trust”, any offerings you make to him to accomplish that goal are given entirely. You give up all control of your offering trusting that the minister will use it as Christ would. You do not get to direct how those offerings are applied. It is casting your bread upon the water in hopes that they may return should you become the one in need some day. You may “suggest” to the minister your intent, but it is his to decide. This relationship allows you to retain your freedom in all other aspects of life besides what you have given as a gift.
7. Every day is “election day” in the kingdom
The “check” or “balance” to the trust you place in your minister is that you, as an “Elder”, keep watch over how the resources given to him are used. If your minister begins to use offerings in a way you think is not led by the Holy Spirit, you should approach him for an explanation. In the case where a resolution cannot be arrived at, you have the option, and perhaps even the responsibility to choose another minister to give to. Just remember we’re all figuring this out and forgiveness will be necessary by all so that we may be forgiven.
8. Give as you are led by the Holy Spirit
When we give to those whom we trust will make the best use of our offering, we create a flow of life for the body of Messiah. Without blood flow a body dies. Giving is proactive. We give to strengthen our society. We give to draw near to our heavenly Father. Giving exercises spiritual muscles that we may have neglected. Being thankful for the opportunity to give, molds us into the cheerful givers spoken of in scripture.
What I’m trying to convey by all this is not to be afraid of creating or becoming part of a Congregation of record. We learn by doing. We will make mistakes. That presents opportunity for forgiveness. As we work at this together, we will realize better and more effective ways to cooperate and strengthen our society. The more we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, the more opportunities will be presented to us. None of this can become reality for you if you don’t take the first step. Nobody else can do that for you. There are ministers and elders willing to give you a hand up. Reach out to them. If you are unsure, ask – seek – knock. Serving an infinite God means it is an infinite journey. It’s time to take the next step – together.
There are people all over the world looking to get started on the path back to our Father’s ways. Use these e-mail groups as a tool to find each other. That’s why you are here after all. Right?
9. Chemistry of Congregating
There is a lot of talk about relationships in the forming of congregations. There is a natural chemical secreted in the mind that draws us to an addiction to fellowship. These learned behaviors are backed up by generations of gregarious social unions through interactive affirmations. They will always be important in forming the bonds of a congregation.
The hormone oxytocin is stored in the posterior pituitary gland. It plays a role in intimacy, sexual reproduction of both sexes, during and after childbirth, and social bonding. It has been referred to as the “hug hormone” and the “cuddle chemical” because of its reported role in promoting positive affirmation of social virtues like trust, empathy, intimacy, and generosity. While oxytocin may play a physical role in encouraging behavior, it is not the only factor affecting these higher order social attributes.
Social Virtues complement one another. It is important to develop natural social friendships when gathering as well as to forgive the differences in other people because of their upbringing and life conditions.
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- Where do you find the Daily ministration of the early Church, the Pure Religion of James and the Corban of Jesus?
- Are you following The Way through Love of one another or the way of the world and the Fathers of the earth?
- Do you seek the benefits of bankrupt nations, or do you forgive and seek the benefits of Christ's appointed Kingdom?
- Do you only gather for the comfort it gives you, or do you gather to benefit others?
- Christ came to serve, not be served. Do you desire to be served or are you coming in His name and according to His character to serve others?
If we do not Repent of our Covetous Practices and are not diligently gathering together in Free Assemblies of Love for all to provide for one another in Charity according to the Perfect law of liberty then we have nothing according to Paul. According to Luke 6:32 if we only love those who love us there is no "Grace". Christ also said if you do not Forgive neither will the Father forgive you.
It is not enough to hate the deeds of the workers of iniquity, but we must return to Thy first love and thy first work. To break the yoke we need to return to the ways of righteousness spoken of in Isaiah 58 which are the ways of Christ and the early Church. And His yoke is light for it is carried by our love of one another.
Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Christ all created Networks of charity to care for the true needy of society without force which is how they were able to help set people free. Do you gather with His Church to attend to the Weightier matters as Christ said?
- Are you gathering in a Network of righteousness?
- Do you come to love others or just be loved?
- Are your Congregations' gatherings fruitful enough so that no one has to pray to Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other?
- Does anyone in your Free Assemblies have to apply to the Fathers of the earth, or seek their many benefits?
Early Christians found themselves in conflict with these systems of social welfare because they made the word of God to none effect. Christians had repented of their covetous nature when they received the Baptism of Christ. They heard and became Doers of the word not hearers only.
We know that liberty under God is not for the covetous who are Biting one another but it is also not for the slothful. If we are not congregating together in free assemblies bound together in a broad network by faith, hope, and charity alone according to the perfect law of liberty then we are not truly seeking the Kingdom of God nor His righteousness.
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