Christ, Church and Community .... Spirituality from Jesus Christ or Christian Religion
By Ken Aitken 25.1.03
In this blog, I wish to share with you some reflections on Christ, Church and Community. Jesus calls us into a new community with Himself initially as a vertical spirituality ..... He gives us a new identity as children in the Kingdom of Heaven. Through this new identity, we can then be in relationship with others of like mind in a horizontal spirituality. Jesus set out a basic ground of verbal teaching in the Sermon the Mount (Matt 5), for His new Kingdom Order where he taught His disciples principles like:
A few points in Jesus's prayer:
The present Christian is caught between the historical legacy of two alternatives, that of the early Christian Church and the influence of later centuries. There is a tension between Church as relationships and Church as a rigid organisation. The first leads to a warm, open and communal approach but not necessarily with organised corporate direction. The second leads to a more corporate approach, more formal but not so communal.
'1Cor 12: 1-31: Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one, is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues. But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the, body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore, not of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore, not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body?
But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot, say unto the hand, I have no need of thee nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary. And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need but God hath tempered the body together , having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care, , one for another, And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Ø Who are we as a people?
Diagram of a Spirituality from Jesus Christ:
Ongoing Life ____________________________
1. THE HEBREW WORLDVIEW OF LIFE ..... Unified Worldview with a Spiritual Realm and Created Realm
Ruins of Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley, Wales
It was one of the first religious houses to suffer dissolution under Henry Vlll in 1536 >>> given to Sir Thomas Dacre in 1542 … converted into a part of the monastic buildings into a house for himself … North aisle used as a parish church and rest falls into decay.
See the following websites for more detail:
3. Tintern Abbey, Tintern, England
POSTMODERN PERIOD: Acceptance of non-rational side of our being ....…experiences are valid.
1. Postmodern Period .... which leads to ....
2. The New Age Movement .... which leads to ....
Reference: Gray, Ben F. February 2000 ‘The 21st Century Church …. Out There ….. 19 Australian Leaders Help You Rediscover The Apostolic Dimension of Church‘ City Harvest Publications.
I write further in another blog on Community and Corporation a few years later at: