Chapter 11

The Question

 

 

As the Spirit of God begins to move upon the hearts of His people to compel them to leave the old, dead, dry, religious systems of this day, a question will arise:

 

What shall I do now?  I can't find a Third Day Church in my area?  And, what about ...

 

Hebrews 10:24  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,

Hebrews 10:25  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

Even though you can't find a Third Day Church, you should be able to find some Third Day Christians with whom you can have fellowship.  Acts 2:46 tells us that the first-century church continued from house to house.  This speaks of home-fellowship groups.

 

The first order of the home-fellowship groups should be prayer for the purpose of seeking God's direction for their group.  Also, pray that God would bring your group into contact with other like-minded, Third Day Christians.

 

As the groups grow, the Holy Spirit will identify and establish leadership within the groups.  Eventually, a glorious, local, Third Day Church will emerge from these home fellowships.

 

Most churches in their present structure will not be willing to be restructured into a Third Day Church.  Third Day churches will be patterned after the book of Acts church.  The book of Acts church didn't have a voting membership, and it didn't have an Elder Board or denominational hierarchy that controlled the set ministry.

 

The Third Day churches will function according to the scriptures.  They will have a five-fold ministry function-ing under the leadership of a man or woman who has been designated and gifted by the Lord.

 

There is a prophetic picture in  John chapter 4 of the harlot church that refuses to embrace the five-fold ministry.

 

John 4:6  Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

John 4:7  A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."

John 4:8  For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

John 4:9  Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

John 4:10  Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

John 4:11  The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?

John 4:12  "Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?"

John 4:13  Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

John 4:14  "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."

John 4:15  The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."

John 4:16  Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."

John 4:17  The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,'

John 4:18  "for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."

 

In verse 6 the sixth hour is the hour of man.  The woman is not of the Jewish faith; she is a Samaritan, and she is a harlot.  She has rejected five husbands, which represent the five-fold ministry.

 

She is not married to her sixth lover; again 6 is the number of man, the number of flesh that isn't in covenant relationship.  She needed the living water that Christ could have provided for her, but she refused to believe and receive it.

 

Verse 25 tells us she even knew the Messiah was to come, and  in verse 26 Jesus said, "I who speak to you am He."  Even though Jesus told her that He was the Christ, she questioned that statement.

 

John 4:29  "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"

 

She referred to a man, a prophet, who told her about her husbands.  But, we have no record that this woman ever believed in Jesus as the Messiah, nor do we have a record in the scriptures that she followed Him.

 

I have witnessed this same kind of a thing in ministry.  I have watched some of those who didn't believe in the five-fold ministry hear a prophetic word, and even though they saw the fulfillment of that word, they still refused to believe that we have prophets today.

 

Ephesians 4:8-11 tells us that He gave gifts to men, and He gave those men to the Body of Christ for the equipping of the saints.

 

1 Corinthians 12:18-28 tells us that He sets these (apostles, prophets, teachers/pastors) in the church as leadership.

 

A position of accountability will be established, but not a position of control.  The present Babylonian church systems are designed to control set ministry or leader-ship.  This was never God's plan; His government is a theocracy, not a democracy.

 

The scriptures reveal that the majority vote is usually wrong.  Seventy disciples voted to leave Jesus; twelve stayed.  Ten of Moses' twelve spies voted to stay in the wilderness.   Only two wanted to possess the Promised Land.  Satan is able to move in most church boards to control the leadership.

 

If the set office is truly of God, everything will function for the good of all.  Plurality of leadership (five-fold offices) will only function in proper order under set ministry, which can be that of an apostle or prophet or teacher/pastor.  Ephesians 4:11 identifies the office of pastor AND teacher as one.

 

The set man will facilitate the other offices of the five-fold ministry in the local church.  To facilitate means to make a place for these ministries.  In other words, he will make it easy for these gifts, which Christ has given, to function within the assembly.

 

In the beginning, the local church may not have all five offices in place.  If that is the case, they should seek some outside input from the offices that are not yet established locally.

 

For instance, let's say the set man/woman has been identified and is a pastor/teacher.  The pastor/teacher should seek the input of an apostle and a prophet from outside the group until those offices are raised up within the group.

 

The Lord is establishing His divine government in this the Third Day.  And, when the church is in proper order, then resurrection power will be found in His house.

 

Many will say, "Is this possible?"  Can a glorious, local

Third Day Church come into being and function as I have described?  The answer to that question is, "Yes!"  That is exactly what has happened here at Faith Tabernacle, Kremmling, Colorado.

 

The Master has used our ministry as a prototype of the Third Day Church.  His blessings and anointing have come as a result of our obedience to follow His plan and not man's.  We are a small, local church mightily blessed by the Lord, and we believe that the Lord wants to establish this kind of dwelling place around the world.

 

Be bold, believe for God's best, step out, and say, "Here I am, Lord.  Use me.  Position me.  Establish me in the habitation that you would have me in."  And, then, launch out into a bright new day...the Third Day!

 

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