Our Generation 7 Church Ministry
CRISIS IN MINISTRY
We have a crisis in Church Ministry today which becomes a major aspect of the centers of our generation. It has only been in the last century is not less that churches have become much more like street fairs been anchors and society was peoples pointing to a transcendent Lord over all of reality wherein the past the cathedral is in the center of the city. Because late in the to the to him to him to him at Him
1. REDEMPTIVE COMMUNITY
a. Unity in the fulness of salvation
b. Living on this side of the cross
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
It is difficult to see why Christians in one body, indwelt by one Spirit, motivated by one hope, submitting to one Lord, confessing one faith, washed by one baptism, who all have the same Father, cannot walk together in unity.
This is very optimist. Doug Wilson says, “The epic has not yet been written which tells of the greatest conquest in history, a conquest of history and all it contains, including that which is beautiful. When the devil offer our Lord the kingdoms of this world, and the glory of them, the Lord refused him. But this was done, not because he didn’t want these kingdoms, but because he did not want them as a gift from the devil. His intention was to bind the strongman and take the beautiful plunder” (Angels in the Architecture, 29).
How does this relate to the state of the modern church? The church is a redemptive community means that the centrality of the church is dependent upon God’s purpose and plan for salvation. If we are not thinking about salvation and fully Biblical terms that is the summing up of all things and Christ the basket to logical plan of King them advancement overcoming all enemies and finally death itself then. This redemption comes through the restoration of a right relationship to God by the essence of the gospel by resting in Christ work alone. By taking God at his word. This in no way is a momentary events that happens when you are 17 years old and walk down the aisle of a church. Whenever you made such commitments, if you can remember when, the critical of matter is to each day once again take hold of the promises of Christ redemptive work for you.
2. REVELATORY COMMUNITY
a. Gives Word-Gifts to the Church
b. Naming the World as God Says
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
8 Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."
9 (Now this, "He ascended" -- what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
How does the fact that the church is a revelatory community affect us?
For us this puts in first place the Word of God. There is no room to deny or limit the Authority of God’s word. Today this denial comes overtly in the form of church is denying he Authority of Scripture and relegating it to a mere a literary source. There is the kind of blatant denial and high-handed rejection of the moral standards for bishops. I had one person in such a church tell me that the Bible is equally clear that you cannot be a black man and hold office, as it is that you cannot be a homosexual and hold office (!). And so we see another problem in rejection of the Bible it reduces people to the position where they cannot even read. But there is a more subtle denial of the principal that the church is a revelatory community created and sustained by the breath of God in his word, especially among those who have a high view of the Bible or claim to, we invent very crafty way is to delet
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more