12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power
[making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than
any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life
(soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest
parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very
thoughts and purposes of the heart.AMP
I am going to share briefly an incident that happened after
our Glory to Glory conference this Spring with Katie Souza, Kathryn Marquis and
Since Kathryn Marquis and her band were around for an extra
day after the conference, we put on a post conference debriefing. Here is how
the day progressed.
We assembled w/band and some guests at a home in rural River
Falls. There were some formalities and we exchanged gifts and cards and the
host fired up the grill and we all fellowshipped and just enjoyed the beautiful
sunny day. I made a brief announcement and thanked some key personnel and the
Spirit of God began to move. At some point, a couple of members of the band
were sharing with some of the locals about how this area had needed something
like the conference and that we had prayed for quite some time. A vision was
shared that had happened in the late 1980's about a bible falling from heaven
on its binding and landing on the college campus where the conference was held.
When it opened up, all the saints came out of the book and began to walk around
on the grounds of the university. One couple got up and testified that they had
prayed over 35 years earlier and saw a move of God happen and they felt very
strongly that this was the manifestation of those prayers so long ago. A couple
of other folks shared some things that God had put on their hearts. Then there
was a time of prophecy as a number of people were ministered to by members of
the band. About this time, a man pulled up on a motorcycle that he had just
purchased and was going to show it to the host. He did not know we were having
a "BBQ" with out of town guests. Long story short, the power of God
was present to heal and he was ministered to by whole group. The host of the
get together called later and left a message on my phone about how the man on
the motorcycle was changed. His wife had called and asked what we did to her
husband. She declared, "He's a changed man, he is helping around the
house, he is being good to the whole family, he is peaceful. What
happened?" This man is still changed as of this writing. PTL
I had no clue what God was up to, but looking back, this
study on the "First Century Church" was also birthed on that day in
June. This was just going to be a time of fellowship but ended up being a
demonstration of the operation of God's Spirit under the first century model.
The clue here is, these were "Feasts" celebrated in the first
century. Nothing new under the sun.(Da
Da Dahhh Da Da Dahhh)
Homework (Acts 6 & 7) We discussed the reading
assignment. Compared it to our "BBQ".
Where do we go from here?
The first century church and well into the balance of the
first millennium, the God ordained form of worship was being eradicated from
the "Christian" church and being systematically replaced with pagan
holidays, worship forms and buildings. By the fourth century, Roman citizens
were mandated into Christianity and in the process, the gentile Christians
dragged a lot of pagan practices into the worship services. Emperor Diocletian
had pretty much eradicated the leadership of the early church during his reign
of terror from 287 - 305 AD, which allowed for a lot of deception to creep in
and take over the overtly Messianic "Ekklesia". In part 2, we looked
at the highlights of this move to remove anything Jewish from worship services.
This is changing right before our eyes here in the last days.
Over the next few sessions, we will look at just what
exactly was removed from the church and how to restore the power of God into
the form of worship that was originally intended by God for His people.
In our next session, we will take a look at the writers of
the "New Testament" lives in a snapshot sense to get a feel for first
century Messianic Jewish meetings and how the scriptures were incorporated by
so many. Thenwe will look at the
"Feasts" or Moeds. Here is a list of the "God appointed meeting
times" that were practiced for many centuries in the first millennium.
Listed below are the main feasts and their components for your reference so you
know where we are headed.
Sabbath - Friday 6 pm evening to Saturday 6 pm evening which
is also part of the 10 Commandments
The cycles are
The feasts correspond to the three courts in Moses'
DO NOT TELL ANYONE "Bob Berning said to leave your church."
That is not what this is about!
oAm I telling you to convert to Judaism? Absolutely not!
oAm I suggesting leaving your current fellowship?Absolutely not!
oAm I suggesting maybe looking into the
scriptures to learn for yourself and seek the fellowship of like minded