For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, but when in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. 2 Chronicles 15:3–4 As we conclude 2021 and contemplate the way forward it is imperative we clarify the core issues of the current cultural crisis—"Where there is no … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores the nature of the ecclesia (church) as a Covenant Community.
Because the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – are within themselves a covenantal community, and because we are made in his image, the ground for all human community is found in him—we are hardwired for it. Significantly, the Godhead is a relational unity-in-diversity. This demands a re-formation from institutional to relational and denominational to apostolical paradigms of church—a return to ‘apostolic architecture’.
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Eschatologies of defeat for Christ’s victory in history Fifth, she must reject eschatologies of defeat for Christ’s victory in history. Christ’s command to his church is to occupy until he comes (Lk 19:13 KJV). Through his ascension to the Father and enthronement at his right hand the Kingdom has already been inaugurated and is advancinguntil fully realized in history. … [Read more...]
Tribalism and sectarianism for apostolic unity Fourth, she must reject her tribalism and sectarianism for apostolic unity. This is not to deny that God sets the solitary within families (Ps 68). God has ordained that his people dwell together as families, and as tribes, and as an entire holy nation. Nevertheless, where the more basic configurations degenerate into schisms and … [Read more...]
Experientialism and false prophecy for the Scriptures Third, she must reject experientialism and false prophecy for the Scriptures. This is not to deny the subjective experience of the living God and the biblical exercise of the charismata. But it is to discern between this and absolutizing subjective experience above him and, thus, false dependence on prophets and prophecy. … [Read more...]
The myth of neutrality for a cultural gospel Second, she must reject the myth of neutrality for a cultural gospel. This demands an entire world-and-life-view grounded in the sovereignty of God. Without it we are not able to develop the politics of the Kingdom of God. God’s sovereignty as both Creator and Redeemer over the totality of human existence necessarily includes … [Read more...]