Ha! Been a while since I have written anything. However, I start where I first left off. Thinking of body life, Christian leadership, New Covenant Theology and how these things fit together.
Lately I have been reading a bunch on Body Life and how the church “should” function. The problem is if the “should” should be a “can”. In other words does it really matter? And if doesn’t matter how should we proceed and interact.
So I start with this question. Can a group of believers meet together for the duration of their natural life and never, ever establish “leadership” and/or “hierarchy” and still be considered an ekklesia? Can we meet together for the sake of mutual edification, admonishment, bearing one another burdens, exhortation, caring, loving and serving? If we meet those and are centered on the risen Savior, can we then be qualified as an ekklesia blessed by Jesus? If we cannot be considered an ekklesia why not? If we can, wouldn’t this be the best expression of maturity and mutual edification for a local ekklesia?
Just some thoughts for this Sunday.
Well…..it seems I get asked this question rather directly or indirectly so here just a few overarching positions that I would probably take.
1. From a Biblical Systems perspective I would be labeled New Covenant
2. From an Ecclesiological perspective I would be labeled simple/participatory
3. From a Polity perspective I would be Elder Led (not ruled as Christ rules) and the plurality (fully plural as in leadership and multiple elders as soon as possible)
4. My position on women in the body would be Egalitarian (and at home for that matter)
5. My eschatological position would most likely be Amillennialism
6. My Soteriological would be that of a 5 Point Calvinist
7. Baptism would be full immersion
8. I would hold to Continuationism (as the bible does also) as it relates to the work of the Spirit today.
9. I would fully embrace the First Council of Constantinople (381) (depending on the last few sentences)
10. Finally I would probably hold on to the imputated righteousness of Christ, but am currently working through that issues. To explore a little more, we are saved by grace through faith in the Finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. That God placed our sin upon Him and crushed Him and this crushing satisfied God’s wrath to all who place their faith solely in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection consequently embracing our inability to earn (in any way) God’s love and forgiveness by any of our own works.
I think that would be it….any thoughts?
Well it has been a while since I have written anything. Sort of been around thinking, wrestling through life and theology. Fighting the currents of Corporate American and its many temptations. Child rearing and church searching. I guess its no better time than to jump back in with both feet in. I have missed writing and struggling and thinking and even.. well just a little debating. Can’t wait to interact with some of my old internet friends.