The Children of the Father have been given an incredible priviledge: We can do what only the High Priest under the faded covenant had done, and draw near to Father with a clear conscience (Hebrews 10:19). He now calls us friends (John 15:15). Therefore, unlike the Israelites who were afraid to hear the voice of Father directly, we may commune with Him daily without fear, ask what He desires, and sense His heart through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Over the last couple of weeks, I?ve come to the realization of the first non-negotiable building block that God honors in a church of any size. Like anyone involved in house church, I have argued the case against things like salaries for paid ministry, large buildings with huge mortgages, and carefully scripted worship services. But the truth is, I have seen the Father step right in and use all of these things at one time or another to bring people to himself and accomplish many of His purposes. These things are not specifically spoken against in the Bible even if I think there can be a pretty convincing case made to steer away from them.