The Church & the Mediatorial Rule
05 Aug 2014 Leader’s Meeting – Dr A.R Bernard
Whenever you are dealing with anyone in power, you always put your concerns in the form of a question. It makes it less confrontational.
Crisis is a turning point for better. It moves you from one level of life to another. Just enough pressure on you to cause you to reach inside of you levels of courage and strength you never imagined you had. Problems force you to the next level.
We arrive in stages, and each stage takes us to a new level of knowledge, understanding, relationship and authority, and it requires a deepening of our character.
Our character is the sum total of those attributes, that determine how you act and react to crisis and to change.
As leaders, we need to know how to respond quickly to change, because change is the only constant. Crisis reveals those things that you need to change in your life. It begins with your thinking.
Intimacy of your relationship must change because everyone is not moving at the same time as you are. Not to cut ties but to change the space they occupy in your heart. A narrowing of activities because you are more focused. You now move from quantity of relationships to quality of relationships.
In times of crisis, you can be surprised where your opposition comes from.
The dove is a symbol of peace. We must maintain peace, even when we are being shrewd and wise.
The 4 Agents of modern day Mediatorial Rule:
Labour (all activity that engages in the production of goods and services that feed the economy)
The top 3 are pressured by popular culture. But the church is the same yesterday today and forever on the principles she believes.
Home is the first place of socialisation. It affirms parental authority and responsibility for children. In a godly home, it is where they find:
D. Sense of belonging
Then we introduce God to them and they develop:
2. Philosophy of life
Norms vs Extreme
Norms change when they are pressured by special interest groups who begin to lobby to change things. They will gather money and power to influence decisions in the society. For example, LGBT rights.
And that’s why no matter what changes happen externally due to pop culture, the church must stand by its beliefs and not change.
People naturally will look for what’s stable, and church is the place of stability!
Collapse of the society is also opportunity for God to come back and reveal the church to society.
Don’t lose sight of who we are in society, don’t be distracted! People who are not focused spend their whole lives dealing with distractions and never reaching their goals.