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The Regional Church & Strategic Collaboration (3/6)

The Regional Church & Strategic Collaboration (3/6)

When churches in a geographical region choose to affirm a shared identity and strategically collaborate for gospel mission, there are many benefits that may result. In this article, we consider a few of the most foundational benefits: Collaborative Resourcing One the one hand, regional groups of churches can greatly benefit from sharing resources of all kinds, as Paul instructed the Galatians to do. (Gal. 6:10) The kinds of support that existed between churches in the New Testament is articulated well…

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The Regional Church in the New Testament: A Case Study (2/6)

The Regional Church in the New Testament: A Case Study (2/6)

AMoving on from Acts, themes related to the regional church strongly emerge in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. The letter to the Galatians serves as a compelling case study in the concept of the regional church, revealing insights about the nature and dynamics of a particular regional church. Paul’s Passion for Galatia The narrative in Acts explains that Paul spent considerable time evangelizing, church planting, and maturing disciples in Galatia, over the course of multiple missionary journeys. (13:14, 49-50, 51;…

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What is the Regional Church? (1/6)

What is the Regional Church? (1/6)

In the development of doctrine over the course of church history much has been written and taught regarding the New Testament portrait of the church. Typically, a heavy emphasis has been put on categorizing the church in two ways: First, there is the New Testament concept of the universal church. Second, there is the New Testament concept of the local church. The universal church consists of all people, living or dead, who have been reconciled to God through faith in…

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Book Review: What is the Mission of the Church?

Book Review: What is the Mission of the Church?

[Editor’s Note]: Kellen Criswell, student in the MAGL program at Western Seminary, has contributed a thoughtful and well-reasoned review of What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. It is imperative that the people of God discern the church’s God-given purpose. That noble and essential task is why Kevin Deyoung and Greg Gilbert wrote, What is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. This review will summarize the…

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