How It Works/Division is the Key
If you have 50 people in your group (church)
1. test them
How many of those people meet the qualifications presented in 1Timothy 3--these are the "deacons" (Greek: "diakonos") The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers of the church.
"Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given
to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith
in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them
use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives
be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons
be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses
well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves
a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus."
(1 Timothy 3:8-13, KJV).
1. Are they drunkards?
2. Are they married to more than one husband or wife?
3. Are they greedy--do they want to make money by serving God?
4. Is their home disorderly--do they have unsaved family members who are very worldly and would rebel against God openly?
5. Are they liars?
How many of the people meet the requirements (the test) to be a deacon found in 1Timothy 3?
Probably most of them will.
Every one of them should be ordained a deacon.
Next, we should find out specifically what ministry each one has --which anointing they function under.
If you have 5 people in your church--God has placed all five folds of ministry in your church!
If there are only 2 or 3 Christians, Christ is "in the midst"---all of His ministry is present--if we will only have faith in Him---and one another!
The people with similar anointings should work and function together--especially those who have the apostolic anointing--this is the most valuable anointing to God--it will grow the church the fastest.
Each member of your church who meets the requirements to be a deacon, should be given all they need to make their house into a church. The requirements listed above are qualifications to make a Christian homeinto the new covenant church...
"But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." (1Timothy 3:15)
They should be given money to carry out their ministry. Those that are in need should receive from those who have to give--as the Spirit leads. They should be given materials as needed--they should be organized together and coordinated.
It will be immediately possible for there to be an active church meeting/Bible study/prayer meeting going on in your church 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But not just prayer! These meetings are for real activity in the Lord. They are for real witnessing--outreach to go into the world and pray for the sick, pray for those in need of deliverance, to feed the poor within the community---all to carry the Gospel of salvation in the name of Jesus Christ out to the world--in every way possible--by every gift possible. Every seed should be sown!
People must be encouraged to go from house to house, eat together, work together, plan together. In order to grow God's kingdom, and destroy the works of the devil--heal the sick, cast out devils, preach and teach the Gospel. The poor and homeless should be brought into these houses of God. Someone must be willing to prepare meals for them, and someone must be sent out into the world to bring them in.
"From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by
that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in
the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying
of itself in love." (Ephesians 4:16, KJV).
What we have done in this example is to effectively utilize each part that is given--(see Ephesians 4:16)
God grows by division.
This above is the illustration of how the early church of the Bible grew so quickly, even under severe persecution by the Roman government.
They had a better system for growth than the Roman government--it was God's system--division.
We have been taught to be afraid of division within the church--but it is by dividing that God grows things.
When God sends a living human spirit into a newly fertilized egg cell in a woman, the very first thing it does is to divide. The reaction of God's creative force into every form of life is to divide--and continue to divide--and thus multiply itself.
Cells divide and then they specialize--they become specific to the needs that are present.
The body of Christ is meant to be made up of cells that continually divide, specialize into the anointings that the Lord has provided (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher), all fixed upon the purposes of Christ...
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because
he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he
hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance
to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
them that are bruised," (Luke 4:18, KJV).
There is a thing in the Bible called the living church. The church, the Christians within a given area, are called to be alive unto God, to serve God, in the ways His word commands--with the authority which He gives His servants. Authority which is commanded to be used to destroy the works of the devil, and not to be used to rule over one another. Authority which is to be used to heal, save, deliver, feed and release----not to rule over others.