Restoring Christ's Church
Restoring the One True Church established by Christ
When looking at God's perspective of what church is, there is a huge disconnect between God's perspective and the 21st century churches.
For one thing, church as established by Christ was never meant to be a primary place or building. The church is made up of people who have been born again in Christ. The people make the church, not the building, or for that matter, the pastor or leader.
Ephesians 5:27, "That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but it should be holy and without blemish."
Second, the church is a gathering of born again saved church people. Nowhere in the New Testament is there a mention of an official church building as a separate entity. When the apostles started churches, they went from house to house and town to town, starting churches in the homes of other like-minded, born again, saved believers in Jesus Christ. This is the same church model followed by Bay Area Outreach Ministries, building individual Bible study and worship groups in the homes of other like-minded, born again believers in Christ. Not only does this present a path for a more intimate and personal relationship with Christ, but it also prevents all manner of corruption, greed, avarice and power struggles associated with present churches today. When Christ established His church, He never intended it to go to where churches of today have taken it. Most churches today have lost all personal time and contact with Christ and are now focused on building the church as a business. Furthermore, they have all registered their Individual church or ministry with the government as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that presents them the opportunity to dodge paying taxes, something that is against the Doctrine of God. Bay Area Outreach is not now, nor will it ever be a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit. Any money made or raised by the ministry has taxes paid out of it.
According to the Bible, the greatest Christian that ever lived, Pastor Paul, provided for his own needs and necessities by working with his own hands and then preaching on the weekends. This is how God intended the church to be run and operated, not as a business with salaried employees. There is no command to New Testament Christians to give a set amount, say, 10% as is pressed in today's churches. Yes, the Bible says "the Lord loves a cheerful giver", as is also pressed to church congregates, the Lord does love a cheerful giver, but one that gives because he or she wants to, not because of some man-made church doctrine that forces them to give. Tithing is not required at Bay Area Outreach. Yes, we do receive and accept gifts or offerings, and yes, we do pay taxes on these gifts and offerings presented to our ministry. Christ never intended the church to be run out of a church building, that is pure Laodicean hogwash.
Jesus prophesied that the last church age, the time we are in right now, would be a wealth-infused mega-corporation focused on keeping the money flowing all while locking Jesus out.
Phillipians 3:17, "Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample."
Serve and Share Ministry
Bay Area Outreach Share Events are a way to invite friends and family who don't attend your Fellowship Group to hang out with your Bay Area Outreach family. These events are organized as fun outings, such as movie night, laser tag, miniature golf outing, game night, etc. Whatever fun things your Fellowship Group likes to do, set it up and invite others. The goal is to show them that people who study the Bible can be fun to hang out with. There is no spiritual emphasis other than praying over food if that is part of the outings, but the #1 ingredient should be fun! As your Fellowship Group gets bigger, you may choose someone to be your fun captain – a person who attracts people because of their outgoing personality. This type of person might be a good person to put in charge of share events, scheduling them every other month or so.
We Experience God's Fulfillment by Helping Others
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Most people feel good when they are able to help others. God created us this way.
Even in this self-centered secular society, there is an awakening to the needs of a hurting society and a greater intention in addressing those needs; a movement to help the disenfranchised and innocent victims of a broken world. Outsiders seem to know Jesus wants people to serve the poor, sick, disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and needy people in the world. However sin and selfishness often rob us of the joy and satisfaction that come from contributing to the well-being of others -- especially when it becomes a way of life.