CHURCH IN CRISIS! (Leadership Today, Pt. 1)

When I say “church in crisis”, I am not being critical or referring to the anointed “body of Christ”, the spiritual remnant of God’s people!  I am crying out to the ones from all walks of life and every religious background who desire to be all that He wants us to be in this hour!  I do believe, however, that even those of us who are seeking His face and turning from our wicked ways, must also humble ourselves and pray that we will not miss the next move of God that He is bringing forth!!

When I refer to the biblical definition of the church, or ecclesia, I am referring to where it starts and that is with relational leadership and authority!  The church can never be the church unless it comes under the rule of God and the kingdom He as committed to Christ’s authority!  The word “church” is mentioned by Jesus only three times, but they are powerful ones.  Let us look at them:

1)  Matt. 16:18,19-  “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;  and the gates of hades (hell) shall not overpower it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;  and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Nasb)

2)  Matt. 18:15-17-  “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private;  if he listens to you, you have won your brother.  But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church;  and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”  (Nasb)

Jesus was telling Peter in Matt.16 that He was building His church, not only on the revelation that He was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, but also on the foundation upon which it would be built!  No other foundation can be laid, than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. ( I. Co. 3:11)  So, all leadership must acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the “living Head” of the body, and we must not substitute His headship, we must represent it!  We only have ‘delegated’ authority!!

In the second passage in Matt. 18, this clearly shows why the church is in deep crisis today.  We very often ignore what should be the basic of all believers and saints in dealing with relational problems.  Yet, most often, when one has a fault with another, instead of going with a spirit of meekness to restore relationships, we usually hold resentment and tell others how much we’ve been hurt.  If we cannot follow these basic guidelines, where “in the mouth of every two or three witnesses shall every word be established, how can we know what to bind or loose?”

In fact, in Mt. 18:18,19, Jesus again gives the resolve in dealing with these things:  “Truly I say to you, whatever you shall bind on earth shall have already been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.  Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth as touching anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.  For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst.”  Can we see this?  When two comes in agreement over their disagreements, He, Jesus, is the third one that comes in between them, and the two can come into agreement with Him!

Of course, in some of our older days, people thought “telling it to the church”, meant telling every body in church!  How ridiculous is that, after Jesus gives the pattern of dealing with offenses, and then we get up in church in testimony meeting and tell everyones sins and faults!  No, He was saying, “Tell it to the church leadership, those that are in authority, so that righteous judgments may be rendered!”  Where the church is, there the elders are, and where the apostles and elders are, there the government of the church is!

I see a correlation between Isaiah 1:26,27 and Acts 1:20b,25:

Isa. 1:26,27-  “Then I will restore your judges (apostles) as at the first, And your counsellors (prophets) as at the beginning;  After that you will be called the city of righteousness, A faithful city.  Zion will be redeemed with justice and her repentant ones with righteousness.”

Acts 1:20b,25-  “Let another take His bishoprick (position of overseer or office)…to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”

What is sad, is when leadership cannot come into agreement, which is a “divine appointment.”

To be continued…

J.B.

 

 

 

 

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Proverbs 16:11 (Amplified Bible)
 
A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights of the bag are His work [established on His eternal principles].
 
Everything in the universe depends upon balance without it we have total destruction.
God in His wisdom gave us two feet, two hands, two eyes, two legs, two ears, two kidneys etc.etc. and Jesus sent out His disciples two by two for the purpose of balance,
and if two of you agree on earth as touching anything  it shall be done for them of my father who is in heaven. Mt.18:18
In the epistles of Paul he spent time writing about our position in Christ, then he would spend time talking about our walk among men. “Jesus is both Son of God and Son of Man”.
 
When we hear wrongly or get distracted from God’s purpose we get out of balance, which causes us to think we are…

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APOSTOLIC COMMISSION AND THE NUMBER “38”!

I have been sharing on our (new) apostolic commission for our assignment concerning this year!  If you remember, I shared last time that this June 7, 2012, is “38” years since my car accident at the age of 17 that ushered me into a brand new life and experience!  I was in a Shreveport, La. for 30 days, and the Lord appeared to me and made known my calling and things that I would experience upon embracing His call of ministry, or service, to the body of Christ!  For many years I could not speak of these things, and only when Pam and I were “set apart” unto our apostolic work in 1998/99, did He begin to reveal the heart of the Father in things He showed me.

Since that time, every July begins an apostolic commission as it relates to the apostolic call, career, campaign, company, and commission for our assignment that overlaps two years, hence ,(NEW) Apostolic Commission 2012/2013!!  Ironically, this past Sunday, June 3, we ministered in a fellowship in Deer Park that was founded in 1974, being “38” years ago.  I was sharing on our apostolic commission going back to my call 38 years ago, and the Lord quickened me to go to Luke 5  to the story of the man who had an infirmity for “38” years!

Luke 5:1-5-  After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now there is in Jerusalen by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.  In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.  For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water;  then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.  Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

You know the story, Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be made whole, or well?”  It would seem like an obvious question, except the answer reveals his mindset of being there thirty-eight years!  He begins to explain that he had no one to put him in the water when the angel came and stirred the waters, that everytime, someone would get in to the pool just before him.  But in verse 5, Jesus said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”  And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.  And that day was the Sabbath.

The key to the question and answer was, that he did not need any man to help him into the pool, because THE MAN, the Man Christ Jesus, had showed up to heal him.  There was no need any longer for an angel to come down and stir up the waters!   Now, verse 2 is interesting, because that the pool was by the “Sheep Gate” in Jerusalem, or the gate that pertains to sheep!  Jesus was once again showing that He had compassion on those who were like “sheep without a shepherd!”  It is a day for the sheep, or the saints, to be made whole, or well, healed, delivered, and totally set free from their past bondages and mindsets.

The pool was called “Bethesda”, which means “Place of Outpouring”, or “House of Grace.”  The number “38” itself has connotations for “an opportunity for the glory of God, His glorious grace, to manifest!”  The pool itself had “five porches”, five being the number for grace and representing the “fivefold ministry”, or five facets of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher of Eph. 4:11.  As we shared this message, the Father began to reveal what He was doing in that fellowship, the pastor, who is the founder of the church, has been in the hospital for several weeks, and the elders and church have been continuing on, believing the Lord to fulfill their destiny in Him!

I believe the Father is desiring for us to have understanding of what is happening in this hour!  It is important that we see that He is opening up a “door” or an opportunity for the word!  He is ready to close the doors behind us, and bring about this ‘apostolic’ shift in those that can continue in Him.  We are joining our hearts in agreement with all those who are coming into alignment with heaven and who are embracing the “heavenly vision” to reclaim full apostolic power and authority in the earth realm today.  This is our commission for this new assignment and new alignment for what is coming forth!  Are you ready to let go of all that is behind you, and press onward unto the “high calling of God in Christ Jesus?”

Rev. 3:8-  “I know your works.  See, I have this day set before you an open door, and no one can shut it;  for you have a little strength, have kept my word, and have not denied by name.”

BLESSINGS,

JIM & PAM BECTON

 

 

 

New Apostolic Commission 2012/2013! (Grace & Apostleship)

GRACE AND APOSTLESHIP!

We are into our month of preparation of ending the old and embracing the new administration and new order that the Father has set before us!  This June 7 will mark “38” years since the car accident at the age of 17 that brought about an awareness and beginning of a brand new season in my life!!  The next 30 days I would be in a Shreveport, La. hospital recovering from my injuries.  Hence, since being set apart unto our apostolic calling and ministry in 1998/99, we have begun each July with what Pam and I call our (New) Apostolic Campaign.

In the last ten years or so since we have been in the greater Houston region, we have seen the progression of the apostolic calling and ministry!  In fact, there are several words that go with continuing in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship:  They are 1) The Call, 2) The Career, 3) The Campaign, 4) The Commission, 5) The Company, 6) The Congress, and 7) The Culture!  This year will be emphasizing the apostolic commission because there is a sense that the “com-mission” is coming together with a “sub-mission” to the alignment of Jesus the Christ in the lives of His people!

We also sense that this year of 2012 reflects so much change in bringing divine administration and divine order in the household of God through the restoration, present day truth of apostles and prophets!  It is not about the apostles and prophets, it is about Christ Jesus The Apostle and High Priest of our confession taking His rightful place in His church!  He is the Head of the body, the church, and He is the King of His Kingdom!  He must have the preeminence, or sovereign domain over His people, thereby bringing us into alignment and accordance with His plan in the earth.  We must still pray, THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN…”

The theme four our (new) apostolic commission is “Repairing the Breach, Restoring the Streets.”  Is. 58:12 is our theme verse in alignment with the Father’s Heart Family, but we are using Is. 61:4 for this year:  “And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, and they repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations!  Between Isa. 58:12 and 61:4, there are several R words:  1) Raise up, 2) Rebuild, 3) Repair, 4) Restore;  We can add to that, 5) Renew, 6) Redeem, and 7) Refresh!!

We will be preparing the month of June as we continue in the vision and focus in on the beginning of this new season!  We will be announcing some meetings soon, and looking forward to seeing certain cities in the region impacted with divine impartation and infusion!  So, join with us in prayer and participation in seeing this new apostolic commission kicked off with a fervor that will ignite the apostolic company, that is, those who are connecting to our grace and apostleship for kingdom advancement, the apostolic congress, that is, apostles and prophets from various streams and assignments coming together to see apostolic councils and counsels for cities and churches that need repairing and restoring, and possibly, most importantly, the apostolic culture, the environment, the climate and the atmosphere being charged with a kingdom mandate!!  It is with this that will truly bring about the church as a “Kingdom of Priests!”

BLESSINGS BE UPON THE ISRAEL OF GOD!

Jim and Pam Becton

 

Obedience Leading to Faith…

Romans 1:5-  Through Him (Christ) we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; (Nasb)

Romans 16:25-27-  Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, leading to obedience of faith, to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever.  Amen!

Apostle Paul begins and ends his letter to those in Rome concerning His calling and ministry having to do with the obedience of faith, or “obedience leading to faith!”  He opens the letter by saying, “Paul, a bondservant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart unto the gospel of God…”  This “grace and apostleship” was by the authority of Christ setting him apart from his mother’s womb and calling him through His grace, or His empowering ability by His own sovereign act!  He set him to be the “apostle to the Gentiles.”  (Gal. 1:15,16a; Romans 11:13)

How could he have obedience for or leading to faith?
He has three “accordings” found in Romans 16:27:

1)  according to my gospel (given him by Christ Jesus) and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (testifying to the gospel of the grace of God- Acts 20:24)

2)  according to the ‘revelation of the mystery’ , (That which has been hidden, but now made known, or manifested by the prophetic scriptures- Col. 1:26)

3)  according to the commandment of the eternal God.  (who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,- 2 Tim. 1:9,10)

May the Father lead you in obedience of faith…

JB

 

SANCTIFICATION LEADING TO OBEDIENCE!

I. Sam. 15:22-  And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”

We’ve all heard the term, “Obedience is better than sacrifice!”  Of course, it’s a lot easier said than done, because we’re so programmed to doing the things that we think will earn God’s blessing or favor.  The above passage has to do with King Saul concerning the Amalakites and the instruction from the prophet Samuel to utterly destroy them. 

Then the LORD sent Samuel down to the house of Jesse to anoint a new king over Israel.  Saul was tall and handsome, head and shoulders above all the people.  When Samuel started going through his sons, the LORD spoke to him and said, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him;  For God does not see what man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

The New Testament counterpart to King Saul in Israel is Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul!  This turns out much difference because of the calling and setting apart of Paul.  In his recounting of his encounter with the Lord on the way to Damascus, Acts 26:16-18 says, And I said, Who art thou, Lord?  And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.  But arise, and stand upon your feet;  for this purpose I have appeared unto you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;  delivering you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”

To be sanctified means to be “set apart”.  In Paul’s journey to Jerusalem, he stopped by Ephesus and called fro the elders of the church.  In his exhortation to them, he said in Acts 20:32- “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” To receive the inheritance, one must be sanctified by His grace.

Next time we will talk about his obedience leading to faith through grace…

I. Peter 1:2-  according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood:  May grace and peace be yours in fullest measure.

Blessings,

JB

Back in my Hometown!

Pam and I came to my home town of Magnolia, Ar. today for the long Memorial Day weekend to be with my parents while my sister and family are out of town.  Many of you know, my mom has been ill and homebound for over four years now since breaking her hip on Nov. 1, 2007.  My Dad and my sister, along with other help, take extremely good care of her, and we are glad to be able to come and help when my sister is on vacation.  My mom will be 87 years old on Sept. 7 and all the memories I have of her are pleasant and rewarding.  My dad and mom will also be married an unheard of “69″ years on Sept. 17, 2012!!  My dad, although not a preacher, has raised three sons, all ministers of the gospel.  He was an accountant who worked for the same company, Alan White Furniture Co., for almost 40 years!  One of my best friends growing up in Stamps, Ar. was Robin White, the youngest son of the founder of the company, Alan White!  My Dad trained Robin when he graduated from college, and later worked for him part-time for almost 16 years.

I’m so thankful for my parents, and although Pam and I stay very busy in our ministry, we do not regret the time we’ve been able to come and help support and strengthen them in their time of need.  Yes, admittedly, we get tired and sometimes the extra travel and strain wears on us, but when we saw the relief on my Dad’s face late this afternoon when we finally got here (smile), we felt refreshed.  He was so anxious to share with us some things going on at his church, hurtful things, but the role he was playing to help heal hurts and bring unity among sheep without a shepherd right now.  He took a stand for “what is right” and for my entire life, his goal was always to do the “right thing!”  I’ve never known anyone with more integrity and character than my Dad.

In closing, my sweet little mom doesn’t know us or say anything anymore, and I so miss the ways I could her make her laugh or sing.  The first three years or so into this time since she fell, we would put in a Gaither video, and when I would start singing with them and encourage her, she would pick right up on and could still sing her alto!  Our favorite was, O what a Savior!  When I would act funny or sing off key to tease her, I can still see that smile on her face and hear her little laugh.  Now, we get her up and do everything for her, and I guess my main job is feeding her.  And I enjoy that, because she still eats pretty good, most of the time with her eyes closed.  But she is still precious to me, and just when I think I wish she knew how much I love her, she’ll give me a sweet look or mumble something, that will tell me, she knows that that is her Jimmy!

That’s life back in my home town…

JB