Vision Of The Mountain

THE VISION OF MOUNTAIN OF WORSHIP

1. HISTORY OF THE CHURCH

The Church that Jesus Christ established has historically moved into the new things of God by thinking “outside the box” .. Whether that be Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Wesley, Whitefield, Finney, Moody, Omar Cabrera, Wimber, Hybels, Cesar Castellanos, Rolland & Heidi Baker, Bill Johnson… the problem is that most of the church wants to copy an existing approach that is working. and no-one wants to find out what God wants for them specifically.. Because that is hard work.. constant listening. and VERY RISKY.

The Disciples had NO model to reach their world.. The book wasn’t written, and interestingly enough NOT ONE of the New Testament books was written as a “how to” for planting churches, reaching people, or methodology for church growth or church development. What the New Testament does teach simply directs us in matters related to character and functioning within the “RELATIONAL ORGANISM” of the church..

THE REASON:

The Church is meant to be established through an ONGOING, DYNAMIC relationship with God. it is never to be a formula or program. it has always been forged out of the crucible of a relationship with Holy Spirit! When we begin “formulating” and “programming” all the how to’s.. we end up with simply another denominational structure that may bear some fruit. but not “much fruit!”

(John 15:5-8) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. {6} If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. {7} If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. {8} This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

MUCH FRUIT can only be produced through relationship. through listening and through hearing!

Often we will start in this way. we will start on the streets “listening to God” .. the relationship during those days with Him is vibrant and dynamic. the stories are always fresh. then we “come into our own”. we are accepted by the religious community. and forms can take the place of that hearing! Not that everything is bad. we just learn how to figure out some formulas that worked in gathering a crowd.

The early stories become places we remember and where we point to as things God has done to validate our existence. but we often have a hard time seeing those same realities occurring in our daily life! We can actually reminisce and worship at the idols of those stories, but fail to continue to hear and listen and respond and grow. we become a part of an accepted community of believers. just like so many . we simply have a different set of traditions that we hold onto. we are in the process of developing yet another denominational structure that will again become antiquated and have to subject itself to “updates” and “revisions” to stay somewhat current with the world. rather than an organism that was intended to grow and change and mature and develop and produce ongoing fruit because of the connectivity to the source.. Jesus .. who said so clearly ….”My sheep hear my voice!”

2. THE FOCUS

WORSHIP IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT part of what we do… That is the Vision God gave me in the 80’s with the Volcano that erupted here … Worship went from here to the nations and throughout the area, region, and country…

Where we lived became a “Mountain of Worship”. an event of worship that resulted in exaltation, magnification, and praise of God in spirit and truth! Rather than “Mountain of Worship” being a noun, it became a “perpetual event of spirit and truth worship”. The focus was on the activity and lifestyle of worship, not on establishing an organization! (In other words the goal became to “do” and “be” and not to “become” an organizational structure that becomes yet another form of inadequate expression of Jesus on the earth.

(John 4:21-24 NIV) Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. {22} You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. {23} Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. {24} God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

I see “churches” developing in café’s… in business districts … in parks and in restaurants. and it will look like an organism… A people… on a journey… a “dynamic” relational journey … with ups, and downs, but with His Presence… and carrying His Love and Power.

I see worship leaders, worship teams, both traveling and local… I see God providing the ability to reproduce and multiply fresh worship throughout the world. that touches both the saved and those who have a destiny to meet their maker… so that the whole earth worship Him! It’s a bold vision.. But it’s what I am meant for..

But it will go further than that. because worship involves so much more than simply music.. Worship involves music, and song, and poetry, and art, and writing, and media productions, and everything creative that can be done “to Glorify God”.. Lifestyle itself can reflect worship. Not every lifestyle reflects worship… but every life should!

I see a team of those whom God has called to establish this Mountain… those with various giftings and callings, walking together in absolute dependence on Him. My Goal, it’s very small.. I simply want to be a part of accomplishing the greatest vision that has every been placed before a man.

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(Philippians 2:9-11)

I want to see the whole earth bow down in Worship. I want to see the lost worship Him and the found adore Him. I want to see the lost saved and brought to freedom … I want to see the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead rise again.. Not just in the future resurrection.. But here and now.. Because His Power is on us.. I believe it’s time for a people to rise that will absolutely astound the world and the “religious” community.. Because God is on us.. And His power is being released through us. because just like the early disciples.. “We have been with Him!”

3. A HOUSE WITH MANY ROOMS

Although the focal point and foundation of this “Mountain” is worship… the shape, the walls, that will undergird what we are doing are, Worship, The Word, Authentic Power, and Relational Lifestyle. These walls provide rooms that contain 24/7 Worship and Prayer. These walls bring the poor into authentic reason and destiny to worship. These walls release a prophetic people to declare to the Lost and the Found destiny that releases worship and praise in the hearts of a grateful people. These walls will release the artistic, the creative to express with deep gratitude their affection and love for for the One whom they Worship with their hands, and hearts, and minds! These walls cause us to look at the lost and release the full power of His Kingdom Authority… one life at a time. These walls absolutely provide for a people with a heart to see this Volcano… this Mountain of Worship explode to the nations. These walls are only limited to the vision in people’s hearts!

4. THE FURNISHINGS ARE US!

Because this vision of “Mountain of Worship” is dynamic. every aspect of the vision is alive. There is nothing in it that should ever reflect death or an inanimate object. The furnishings are “alive” they are you, they are me… they are us.. “the living stones”.. The pieces that reflect a prism of God and that evokes worship from others. As we are brought together we form a greater “living organism” that flows and moves with the purposes of God.

The only thing constant is His Word… His Voice!

His Gifts, including office gifts, are fluid. they are alive and moving and reflect the nature of this house as long as they function to perpetuate the “verb” of Worship in all aspects . those gifted will also lose credibility and authority the moment they try to turn the “verb” of Worship into a “noun” of an organization.

His people, you and I are the showbread. the lampstand. the altars..

We are the couches & chairs, the tables and appliances. it is His People that God uses, God rests in , God arranges.

And without His People the foundation exists without meaning. because worship exists for people to do it, not for people to watch it. not for people to simply know that it exists.

VISION STATEMENT

The formation of the house and the goal of the house is perpetual, sustained worship through lifestyle and power living out and reflecting the evidence of the Word.

5. HOW DO RELATIONSHIPS HAPPEN IN THE HOUSE!

Whereas in a natural house we would see the role of the “Father” as a natural man. In my “Father’s House”, He legitimately leads and directs. that was the reason for the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit were never given to make “spiritual fathers” but rather were given to cause the “body” to grow up in all respects into “HIM” . He is the actual, legitimate, very real “Father”. Gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher don’t reflect leadership. they reflect Servanthood and function. Those called as “Elders” have simply been those who have served the sheep of HIS FOLD with abandoned love and as such are those given with the corporate aspect of tending the sheep.

These are merely a collective gathering for those who desire to hear the voice of the Father and follow His leading. because there can be no leading without His Voice.

So the leading must truly come from the Spirit. the goal is not to develop a “structure” . but encouraging a people . releasing a people. bringing people from the “promise” to the “fulfillment” of God’s purposes for their life. Mountain of Worship is not simply another church choice, but rather a corporate, living organism that chooses to seek God’s Heart collectively and individually… and living a lifestyle of Worship in all respects.

Authority has always resulted as a process of servanthood. Those who serve. have authority in the lives of those they have served. As a gathering that aspect would be central for all of us maturing in Jesus. Authority is not about “position” it’s about love . Those who allow themselves to be served will one day serve and then again be served to serve again. that is how the organism functions. Every heart needs blood. but every heart gives it too! So the goal would not be to “establish a leadership”, but rather to release servants to serve. the process must begin there. Jesus said so!

“But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. {27} For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.”

(Luke 22:26-27)

7. WHAT PART DO YOU PLAY IN THE MOUNTAIN OF WORSHIP?

  1. Some of you have this same seed in you… Some of what was imparted to me or through me was given to you as well… everything in you is crying out for more.. Everything in you wants to see the Power of God released in full measure, as you have heard, but not yet seen. You are the seed for the foundation of this Mountain of Worship.
  1. Some of you have in you the arts, music, media, gifts and other creative aspects in your life. that which God called you to usually sits at home in obscurity waiting for the day when God will fulfill His promises to step into that fulfillment. You are seed for this Mountain too!
  1. Others of you would give it all for the Kingdom but you feel as if you don’t have much to give. Just remember, the widows mite was “worth more” than what the wealthy could give, because her gift was born out of faith. There are some of you who are adventurers of faith who see it, though not yet, and who get excited about trusting God for all that is needed. You are seed for the Mountain.
  1. Still others know that God has called them into community. not to church. but to a lifestyle of loving others and walking together through the journey of life towards the promises of God. You are the core of the seed. You will feel like this is “family” before you ever jump in. As you have read this… Your Spirit has stirred and you have said… I belong there! You will know you are home!

Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth.

(Psalms 110:3)

 

IT IS TIME!

Isaiah 55:5