Building Agreement and Accountability within an Ekklesia

Most of the things we think of as choices are really consequences:  no one chooses to have a good marriage, for instance, or to be financially stable, or even to enjoy a spiritual lifestyle.  All of these things are the consequences of the choices we make with God, and who we respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 28).  

Our general charge as members of a corporate body is to participate with other saints in what the Lord is building, and we need to have a functional [practical, spiritually defined] agreement that everyone in the local ekklesia supports and upholds as our predominant values, if we are to expect our members to grow in unity with one another and our assemblies to thrive in the Spirit.  

Every day, God gives us 4 choices [values]:   

1.  Our attitude [of thanksgiving], reflected in our daily walk with God

2.  How we treat others [our relationships with one another]

  • Are we considering how our actions affect those in our ekklesia?

  • Are we considering how our actions affect those in the entire body of Christ?

3.  Our acts of service [serving one another and sharing Christ with others]

4.  Our honesty [willingness to be accountable for our actions] 

Notice, the root of every transgression can be traced back to a violation of one of these spiritual choices.  

Also notice, nothing is done by force, but rather, through trusting the work of the Holy Spirit,  and this trust is expressed in the way we communicate with one another.  At all times, our communications with other believers should evidence our concern for and interest in their spiritual well-being:

  • As evidenced by a gentle conversational tone and manner

  • Honest and direct communication

    • To encourage consideration for one another
    • To encourage one another to walk in truth
    • To celebrate individual and corporate joys
    • To share griefs and burdens
  • Adherence to Matthew 18:15-18 in cases of clear transgressions against the brethren

When there is a problem, the tendency of man is to add to what God has ordained, increasing complexity and injecting confusion and controversy to the simplicity of God’s design:  this is never the answer.  The answer is to return to the foundation of what God has ordained by trusting the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer and assembly.  Within the assembly, the responsibility for modeling a spiritual process falls upon the elders who co-labor with the Holy Spirit to facilitate His work among the saints: 

  • Emphasizing what is working and acknowledging past successes

  • Accurately defining and describing the current concern

  • Inviting input from all the saints [which communicates faith in the work of the Holy Spirit in each believer, affirms the gift of God in the saints, and inspires individual accountability and a corporate repentance]

  • Modeling repentance and providing scriptural clarifications, as necessary

  • Provoking the witness of the saints, as one body [as opposed to telling them what to think and do]

  • Summarizing corporate agreements and decisions and clarifying new corporate commitments  

Agreement in what is valued and consistency in how we communicate is essential to the development of trust, love, and unity among the saints.  

Author’s Note

A true, spiritual father affirms the gift of God that he sees in the saints and encourages them in their callings, as men and women who are called to God, and only bound to others through that calling of love and election [it is the work of God].

Therefore, at all times, elders [and the aged women in the Lord] communicate to the saints in a way that emphasizes the deep value that they have to God and their inherent spiritual ability to do the works of God, according to their calling:  and this includes the ability to respond in a way that is Spirit-led to any issue of concern that arises within the assembly.    

2 thoughts on “Building Agreement and Accountability within an Ekklesia

  1. These are the Scripture I have read today that the Lord has put on my heart and seems related to this post:

    1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

    5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

    “God resists the proud,
    But gives grace to the humble.”

    6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

    8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us[e] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (I Peter 5:1-11)

    Also

    5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

    10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (II Peter 1:5-11)

    Focusing on Submitting one to another and not lording over each other. Also verses 5 to 7 in II Peter 1.

    Let us be slow to speak as we search for what the Spirit is speaking to us. There has been a concern for some to speak more, but I think that is the Lord’s gift in slowness to reason out and discern the Truth or lack thereof as we proceed. It’s a simple, humble process of submission before the Lord. Not a rush to pray for all we can pray for or speak all that we can speak. That’s not a cap on lengthy things spoken or written. Just something to consider as we go forward.

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