Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Restoration of Biblical Culture - Morris Ruddick




Morris Ruddick

The Restoration of Biblical Culture

Over the centuries, the church has been inundated by the precepts of men, draining the power of the first-century church. Even today, Christian culture reflects an intertwining of pure biblical truth with doctrinal precepts which serve as simplifications and sometimes props that stymie a mature grasp of the truth.

Yet, progressively over the centuries and even more in our day, there has been a remnant and a restoration in grasping and applying the truth and culture that operated in the early church. We live in a time of turbulence when more is needed.

A key part of this restoration of biblical culture today is found in the foundations in the biblical, Jewish roots to the faith. In 1967 there emerged a movement capturing and restoring an old dimension to the identity of Jewish believers. With that has come a growing recognition in the church of the Jewish foundations that were at the heart of the early church. Jesus' Kingdom message is culturally very Jewish.

"In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew saying," Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you." Zech. 8:23

This restoration now has extended to where Jew and Gentile, as "one new man" are recapturing dynamics of worship that were at the heart of the vibrancy of the first-century church.

"So that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace." Eph. 2:15

In conclusion, there is a culture war taking place all around us; but it's also happening within the ranks of our organizations. God never intended those known by His Name to be like everyone else. Our identity is to be distinctive, in Him. The response demands true leadership. That means a mature, strategic leadership in which we serve, like Joseph and Daniel, as ambassadors in the culture war within, as well as the one with which we are surrounded (2 Cor 5:20).

There's no perfect organization, just as there is no perfect believer. However, what is involved is a pure heart. What is required is in the reach for the higher standard. That holds great potential when it comes from the parallel between the poise of the soul and the culture. And THAT is an issue for leadership by anointing.

"Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind." Phil.
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Morris Ruddick has been a forerunner and spokesman for the call of God in the marketplace since the mid-90s. As founder of Global Initiatives Foundation and designer of the God's Economy Entrepreneurial Equippers Program, Mr. Ruddick imparts hope and equips economic community builders where God's light is dim in both the Western and non-Western world.

He is author of "The Joseph-Daniel Calling;" "Gods Economy, Israel and the Nations;" "The Heart of a King;" "Something More;" and "Righteous Power in a Corrupt World," which address the mobilization of business and governmental leaders called to impact their communities with God's blessings. They are available in print and e-versions from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other popular outlets.

Global Initiatives Foundation (www.strategic-initiatives.org) is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 non-profit whose efforts are enabled by the generosity of a remnant of faithful friends and contributors whose vision aligns with God's heart to mobilize the least of these our brethren. Checks on US banks should be made out to Global Initiatives and mailed to PO Box 370291, Denver CO 80237 or email us at sign@strategicintercession.org for access information on our secure web-site.

2013 Copyright Morris Ruddick - sign@strategicintercession.org

Reproduction is prohibited unless permission is given by a SIGN adviser. Since 1996, the Strategic Intercession Global Network (SIGN) has mobilized prophetic intercessors committed to targeting strategic-level issues impacting the Body on a global basis. For previous posts or more information on SIGN, check: http://www.strategicintercession.org


Morris Ruddick
Global Initiatives Foundation
www.strategic-initiatives.org
www.strategicintercession.org 


Editor's Note: I love Morris! He is a great example in doing what it takes to get it done. I have read all his books, and highly recommend that you do too!

Steve Martin


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