THE DISCIPLINE OF DIVINE GUIDANCE
Welcome to the discipline of Divine guidance. As I look at the almost daily news reports of another Middle Eastern country in rebellion against its dictatorial leadership and observe the reactions in our own country to what many see as a failure to govern with the greater interests of the people in mind, I am amazed at the pattern so visible in the Scriptures.
With that in mind, let’s walk through the biblical record to see for ourselves the identification and development of the Discipline of Divine Guidance.
AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISCIPLINE.
Divine guidance is the process by which the church is led forward, balancing the needs of individuals, leadership and the Chief Shepard, keeping in mind our calling,
commitment and care for the flock
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISCIPLINE.
Who guided them and what did that look like?
Why was Moses necessary?
What changed? Ex.20:19
Moses and others:
What changed? Hint: We want….
The prophet was now an….
Jesus in advance of the Church
The kingdom life with Jesus resembled…
The church unfolds
A place of togetherness: Acts 4:32,33
A place for corporate decision: Acts 15
"A shot heard far and wide that declared the corporate community over the individual."
Paul’s corporate teaching on the Body, The Spirit and the gifts.
The Ebb and the flow
By the John was receiving his message on Patmos it was all
starting to unravel
THE DANGERS AND BLESSINGS OF OUR MODERN WAY OF LIFE.
To few in "The Body" have too much control.
The answer: competent leadership with clear expectations and regular accountability.
Too many in the church resist the clear direction of the Lord.
The answer: competent leadership are encouraged, equipped, and empowered to lead in ways that cause us to want to follow. We surrender our own "stuff" and respond to good leadership.
Too much insistance on our own thinking for numerical or marketing growth.
The answer: consistent teaching and application to remain relevant while connected to the priority of Biblical truth.
Too "rosy" a picture in the reality of life.
The answer: challenges occur, sin happens, and at time disagreements develop. How we address them keeps the Body growing and vibrant.
The aim of God in history is the creation of an all inclusive community of loving persons, with Himself included in that community as its prime sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.
Richard Foster adds,
Such a community lives under the immediate and total ruler ship of the Holy Spirit. They are a people blinded to all other loyalties by the splendor of God, a compassionate community embodying the law of love as seen by Jesus Christ. They are an obedient army of the lamb of God living under the spiritual disciplines, a community in the process of total transformation from the inside out, a people determined to live out the demands of the gospel in a secular world.