Recognize the four hallmarks of the historic Church. (Sect. 12)
- 1. Unified ("one")
- 2. Distinctly the Lord's ("holy")
- 3. Inclusive ("catholic")
- 4. Gospel-centered ("apostolic")
Match the biblical models for being and growing God’s people (Old Testament tabernacle/temple) with their aspects. (Sect. 13)
- Meeting Place/House for- God
- Symbol of- God's national presence
- Emphasis on- God's holiness
- Experience of- Spiritual distance
- Function/Centered on- Sacrifice
- Orientated toward- Preparation (to be God's people, to follow and have relationship with him)
- Led and Served by- Hierarchy of priesthood
- Churches that use the model- Formal, liturgical churches, or evangelical, Pentecostal or charistmatic churches elevate their leaders
Match the biblical models for being and growing God’s people (post-exilic synagogue) with their aspects. (Sect. 13)
- Meeting Place/House for- Believers
- Symbol of- God's local presence
- Emphasis on- God's law
- Experience of- Spiritual discipline
- Function/Centered on- Sabbath observance
- Orientated toward- Preservation (life boat)
- Led and Served by- Rabbi/teacher
- Churches that use the model- Many fundamentalist and evangelical churches today
Match the biblical models for being and growing God’s people (the New Testament church) with their aspects. (Sect. 13)
- Meeting Place/House for- God, believers, and searching hearts
- Symbol of- God's personal presence
- Emphasis on- God's grace
- Experience of- Spiritual discovery
- Function/Centered on- Salvation
- Orientated toward- Proclamation (of salvation to all who will listen
- Led and Served by- Team of ministries (a body, a community)
- Churches that use the model- The ideal model for the church today
Recognize the components of Jesus’ model and heart for ministry (which is the NT model for the church).
- 1. Passtion and compassion of Jesus:
- Jesus had passionate priority for the lost, the sick, and the sinner.
3. The patience of Jesus: he was and is incredibly patient with broken and sinful people. We need such patience for others.
4. The perseverance of Jesus: it's safer and easier to be the lifeboat for ourselves. The church that is really the church perseveres in seeking the lost.
- 2. The process of Jesus:
- Following Jesus' process takes energetic commitment: Proclamation, demonstation, explanation, invitation, and sacrifice.
Recognize the spiritual principles that form the foundation of a growing church. (Sect. 16)
- 1. The primary need of every person is to reconnect with God.
- 2. Jesus is God's outstretched hand to humanity to reconnect wth us in a right way.
- 3. The message of the gospel is the key to people taking hold of God's outstretched hand.
- 4. The church is the people, place, and plan of God searching for people to hear the message of Jeus and meet the ministry of Jesus.
- 5. The church's primary mission is to be the appealing flavor of God and the illuminated path of Jesus in a perishing world.
- 6. The historic failure of the church has always had to do with a confused or abandoned sense of purpose.
- 7. It is not possible to love God without turning outward to love those with whome we have the opportunity and access.
- 8. Living to love others is the most redemptive, difficult and risky way to live.
Recognize the cultural principles that inform how we pursue outward growth. (Sect. 17)
- 1. People are in an extended process of deciding what they believe.
- 2. If the local church is to be part of that proces, we must earn a place in the discussion and invite people on our journey.
- 3. We are now entering a post-Christian, post-modern era that demands outreach-oriented churches.
- 4. The church can either be a pleasant surprise or a painful stumbling block on people's ourney back to God.
- 5. A sense of belonging precedes believing for most in our culture.
Recognize the sacrificial choices of becoming an outwardly-growing church. (Sect. 19)
- 1. Choosing to live with limitations
- 2. Embracing an over-the-top emphasis on evangelism
- 3. Continualy investing for others
- 4. Resisting the inward inertia
- 5. Welcoming growth and change
- 6. Pursuing excellence
- 7. Accepting the challenge of the future