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What if…?


What if… we have totally missed God’s heart and design?


What ifALL the gifts  and callings of God in Eph. 4:11 were intended to be shared and used for the body of Christ in general and not for individual assemblies of saints (a.k.a. local churches)? 

What if…
the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors/teachers (Eph. 4:11) were intended to be itinerant servants to the body of Christ and not locally limited, determined or ordained?


What if… God set them in the body, not locally, but the body of Christ (universally) to serve, equip and build up the body of Christ UNTIL we ALL become unified in faith and maturity in Christ (Eph. 4:12-14) to the glory of God?


What if… those gifted servants (above), trusted the Lord as their provider and if need be, worked with there own hands to carry out their particular ministry of service to the body (Acts 18:3)?


What if… when saints gathered together in the Lord’s name, there were no apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastor/teachers present that day?  Could all the members function together and build one another up in love as mentioned in Eph. 4:15 & Col. 2:2?


What if… God gave these gifts and callings (Eph. 4:11) to serve the body of Christ in general so the local saints would not become dependent upon just these few gifted servants but rather encourage and build themselves up in love (Eph. 4:16)?


What if… visits of apostles or prophets, evangelists, pastor/teachers were a rare treat and great cause of celebration and thanksgiving to all when they arrived (Acts 21:17, 20)?


What if.. the practice of “laying by in store” (ICor. 16:2) was mainly to meet the needs of the saints in Christ’s body as well as local saints and friends in need within the community (IICor. 8:3-4)?


What if… when these called of God servants moved on, they carried with them the gifts and offerings of the saints to share elsewhere in the body of Christ as needed (II Cor. 8:3-4)?


What if… God intended for ALL members of Christ’s body to function and exercise their individual gifts and love for one another each time they gathered in the Lord’s name where ever and when ever that may be (ICor. 14:23, 24, 26, 31)?


What if… The Spirit of the Lord was at liberty to flow and touch individual saints and each member allowed the Spirit to minister through them?  Would not the unlearned and unbelievers fall on their faces and testify, “surely God is here?!!” (IICor. 3:17; ICor. 14:24-25)


What if… worship was intended to be personal and spontaneous as each is drawn into the Spirit: bringing a psalm, hymn, spiritual song, prophesying, testifying, etc. as the presence of the Lord is manifested in their midst (ICor. 12:7, 14:20; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16)?


Last but not least, WHAT IF…God loves His children so much that He is willing to allow the testing and purifying fire of persecution to come to America to unite and draw us closer to the desires of His heart so that He might complete that for which He purposed and began (Phil. 1:6)?



December 15, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. OMgosh! I believe, from understanding so little of Scripture, that this was God’s intention from the very “get go!” Permit me to be so poignant: “to him who has an ear, let him hear………….”
    Maranatha! <

    Comment by ben | December 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the comment Ben. I wish we could sit down with folks and just go over each of these “What ifs” one at time and search the scriptures together about this.


    Comment by Charlie | December 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. It is amazing the confirmation that I have been given through reading What if?…My husband and I just discussed the night before last the topic of going to “church” and he expressed to me that in his heart he didn’t feel it was necessary to follow a “cult”…I was very upset because I want to have fellowship and the only way I’ve ever been taught to have that is by going to church. I prayed about it and told him that we could have bible study at home and we love to share God with all of the lives that we touch whether it be friends, family or people just passing through and I do know that I strive to have a heart that will be pleasing to God. This blog said everything to me that my husband didn’t but I really think just couldn’t find the words to express. I honestly believe that I have been given the confirmation needed so that we can be in agreement and have more understanding of what kind of fellowship we should have…I don’t have all of the answers but I know that life is about learning…

    Comment by Veronica | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. Thanks for sharing the “What if?” I sincerely believe that the God of Scripture is longing for man to be in “covenant relationship” with Himself. We are bound by covenant love from the Father, as believers. He will not abandon or leave us, never forsaking us, for He is faithful. In the Old Testament we see Moses as being faithful to God, and in the New Testament we see Christ faithful as more than a servant, but faithful as a Son. He has a vested interest in those He redeems, for they are His body, His Bride, the Church. Hebrews Ch. 3 says Moses was faithful as a servant, but Jesus was faithful as a Son. How important and how often we forget how perfectly faithful the Son was to carry our the work of the Father! In regards to What if #3… I believe that God has set members in the body Universally, to help any and all fellow believers. How narrow minded to think that we have no use by God in the Universal Body of Christ! Not that we have value, for we have none… the ONLY value we have is what He has placed within us. Our value is found in a RELATIONSHIP with Him! Not what He gives (and He is so generous!), but rather sweet and redemptive relationship as only He can bring out in believers. This is what the disciples missed for some time with Jesus. They were so busy wanting to “do” for the Lord, to impress Him at times I think, but the Son was interested in a relationship with them. The outflow and obvious expression of that relationship is what would drive the apostles to go out and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom into the world. God bless you my friend, and thank you for this encouraging word!

    Comment by Charles Cavnor | March 25, 2009 | Reply

  5. Wow Veronica, I am so sorry that I missed your comment until now. I have put this same “What If” article on several other blogs (MyChurch & Facebook) and referred to it several other places. I had no idea Facebook would record the comments that came here and not notify me.

    I hope you come check in here again and read this. I’d love to talk more with you and your husband and hear what has happened since Feb.

    Thank You for making my day 🙂

    send me email at: charlie@fellership.com

    Comment by Charlie Lafferty | March 28, 2009 | Reply

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