Our Vision

The End-Time Reformation
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The Bible foretells a reformation that will occur in the church of the Last Days, to be centered on the Person of Jesus Christ. As such, it will be the great defining event of church history and of the ages. This reformation will spring from a hermeneutic called ‘The knowledge of the Son of God’ or, ‘the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord’ (Ephesians 4:13; 2 Peter 1:2).
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A ‘hermeneutic’ is a method for interpreting the Bible. The end time herme- neutic, first of all, will seek the testimony of who Jesus is: His heart, mind and Divine nature, as shown to us through the Scriptures; and secondly, it will apply those concepts to us as we abide in Him. The entire concept is highly relational as opposed to being merely religious. For a fuller description of this reformation, please click on the break-out module for the The End Time Church.
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But how does a reformation begin?
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Berry’s Vision
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.... Berry Alvis is my work fellow and a major inspiration behind this site. He envisions blogging as a catalyst for the end time reformation, and uses an interesting example to explain his concept:

.... "Who created the Linux software?" He asks, "Or who created Mozilla Firefox?" These are the popular OS and browser softwares that are available free online.
.... The answer is that nobody created them - and everybody! Both programs were the product of an online, relatively open collaboration. Someone began with a basic template and other software engineers added new capabilities as their contributions.
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. .... In a similar way, the basic lessons of this course should be viewed as a template, and each lesson remains open for discussion in the ‘comments’ section. Through thoughtful insights, challenges, questions and the examples of sincere Christians everywhere, a better ‘feel’ for each lesson will emerge. This will make them far more effective for discipling new believers. Also, through the best of these comments, the basic course itself will be subject to future revision.
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.... (note: the entire basic discipleship course has now been posted online, and we are currently on our third round of revisions. These lessions can be viewed under the Table of Contents, and we will be updating these articles as future insights warrant.)
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Rules for Participation
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In the same passage that foretells the end-time reformation, the rules for participation are given:

.... "but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-- Christ."
(Ephesians 4:15)
.... The discipleship course on this blog is open for the suggestions of authors, editors, theologians, evangelists, psalmists, pure-hearted zealots, and most importantly, for new Christians who tend to ask the most piercing and pertinent questions of all. Questions, in fact, are completely open, and no subject is off limits as long as it’s not too much of a rabbit path. There is no such thing as a stupid question if sincerely asked. But making comments, suggestions or other insights requires special consideration:

.... First, any comments or suggested revisions must be based on Biblical truth. This is not a course in worldly philosophy, medieval church tradition or new age liberalism, but in who Jesus is, as the Scriptures portray Him.

.... Second, everything in the basic template was authored for the purpose of pointing us to Jesus more clearly, and the aim of each comment and suggested revision must always be the same. So if you want to suggest a change, let’s think about this. If it already points to Jesus, why would you want to change it? So we are looking for a clearer perspective than we have seen, an improved explanation, correction where necessary, or viable alternate perspectives. These entries will be very earnestly considered, for the truth is in Jesus and in our heart-of-hearts we are seeking to learn of Him (Ephesians 4:20-21)

.... Third, the truth must be spoken in love. Even in disagreements, our love and respect must be shown to others so a bond of good will, and a basis for a new consensus, can be promoted.
.... Finally, if you wish to participate, you may comment on the main postings or in relation to the comments of other participants. But in the event of a disagreement, please site Scriptures to explain why you think a point that was offered was wrong. Then offer in it’s place what you believe to be the true perspective, again supported by Scriptures, and explain how it points us to Jesus more clearly. If this is done in love, no one should have a problem considering it fairly.
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.... Through comments, and possibly through additional break-out modules, help from other sincere Christians is needed and appreciated. Please pray about joining us and tell a friend who may also be interested. And if you lead someone to the Lord, please think about sending them here for their most basic lessons.
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Yours in Christ,
Loren D. Bishop
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For further information on the structure and use of this basic discipleship course, please click here.

6 Comments:

  • It really makes me wonder if this will indeed come about, but we must have faith. What is inhibiting everyone right now is the need to anchor in with their group and rally behind their spokesperson and representative of Christ, rather than yeilding to truth and seeking first the kingdom of God. It should be our prayer that men will look to Jesus and Believe on Him and those who have become hindered by reflections, remember their first love and look only to Him.

    I know your focus will continue to be on him.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 6/28/2006 6:29 PM  

  • I guess Rome actually set the backdrop and pattern for this in Popery. Have you noticed that it has followed itself into the protestant realm? Even converts who have looked to Christ, have turned back to this rudimetary element. I mean one of the main factors of the New Covenant, was that no longer would you need some higher person to tell you how to know the Lord. This is the Holy Spirit's job.

    The convert that comes directly out of the Roman Catholic Church seems to always go back to this and draw their truth from another man. They are trained to look up to men. This has followed its way into Protestant Churches. The trouble is none of us can see it. We seem so prone to head in this direction. I really am burdened that this is the major inhibitor. I thought at one time that I was immune to it. God had to teach me that I was no differant. We must remind ourselves everyday to look only to Christ and to receive direction from the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit understands what we do not fully know about our Lord.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 6/28/2006 6:41 PM  

  • Hi Brian,

    Excellent, piercing, insightful observations, as usual, since I know you are led by the Holy Spirit. His voice, not just yours.

    I'm afraid there is a course of disillusionment in store for our fellow believers, who have placed too much confidence in their leaders, that the Lord may turn their hearts more directly to Himself. A correction that begins with those leaders and produces a ripple effect, whether through confrontation, fall, or humble correction. Let us be found among the latter by yielding to the truth that is in Christ and seeking him, as you have said.

    Your second comment strikes very close to a deep concern I've had for some time. The Jewish leaders loved to be called "Rabbi, Rabbi" and the Catholics outdid even them. And now, it seems like so many Protestant leaders are heading down the same path, who knows? Perhaps to something still worse. And why are so many Christians still deceived in this way, after such a long time? Jesus Himself came, not be served, but to serve, and in like manner His servants conduct themselves. But one day the anti-christ will sit in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Is that the outcome of this present trend as well?

    I really appreciate your input because of your closing statements. We've talked about things often, and we've both made some break throughs in finding the Lord; but He alone knows how much we have yet to learn, and the areas in which we may still be deceived. But just maybe, He'll use us to help point them out to each other.

    Thanks for your thoughts and encouragement, may He bless you with further insights.

    By Blogger Cleopas, at 6/29/2006 9:53 AM  

  • Your an encouragement brother.

    Lets pray for one another. Our desire and goal should be to be in constant communion with Christ. Satan is a mastermind with distractions of every form.

    The Holy Spirit is our friend and comforter. We must let him into every area of our lives daily. When we shut him out...it hurts him and we only suffer in agony for it. How blessed it is to be in communion with him.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 6/30/2006 12:21 AM  

  • Hi Loren,

    Happy thanksgiving.

    Elizabeth, the kids and I will be passing through to the "one thing" conference at the end of the year. We would love to stop and spend some time with you guys. I'll try and get you some dates.

    Berry

    By Blogger berry, at 11/27/2006 12:17 AM  

  • sounds great Berry, we'll try to keep our schedule open.

    By Blogger Cleopas, at 11/27/2006 12:40 AM  



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