The church is a Covenant Community. God’s nature, as the God of love, is demonstrated through covenant relationships. With the triune God as the ground of all community, Christ’s high priestly prayer “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (Jn 17:21) shows that … [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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The Reformation of the 1500s was a watershed of gargantuan proportions, reshaping the religious and geo-political landscape of Europe and indeed the world to this day, nonetheless, it was only the beginning—reformation is still in process and coming to maturity. The historic Reformation recovered the doctrine of salvation (soteriology) through Justification by Faith, but … [Read more...]
The nature of the Redeemed Community is as ‘ called out ones’, the ecclesia (church). Because the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – are within themselves a covenantal community, the ground for all human community is found in him. Humankind, made in his image, cannot help but be relational and communal—we are hardwired for it. Accordingly, only authentic community … [Read more...]
Apostolic Architecture is a free resource paper developed in 2009 for an apostolic round table in Charlotte, USA. Building a Prototype Model of City-Church God is restoring to the church an authentic apostolic Christianity by re-laying the foundations of the apostolic message, apostolic ministry, and apostolic mode. These foundations will provide the spiritual technology to … [Read more...]
Introduction Throughout the history of the Christian movement the approach to Tithing (one tenth) has been far from unanimous, demonstrating many diverse views (see below). To find clarity on this contended and sensitive issue we must go back to some foundational theological and interpretative principles to discover, with some measure of accuracy, what the Bible … [Read more...]