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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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Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (4/4)

Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (4/4)

Section 4: Conclusion Most of these principles are good but a few had drawbacks.  Zinzendorf’s assumption that everyone has a concept of God is not a safe assumption.  While there is merit in preaching Christ first and foremost, it is only natural to include the message of the kingdom of God and salvation history, which would include the nature of who God is.  The Moravians tended to over emphasize the blood and wounds of Christ to such an extent that…

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Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (3/4)

Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (3/4)

Section 3: Moravian Thought, Continued The Moravians introduced the idea of a whole church on mission.   It was not up to missionary societies to reach the lost, but churches themselves need to raise up missionaries to go, devoting themselves to prayer.[1]  Most Moravian missionaries were not highly educated, but were lay people from the church.  They used their skills to support themselves as missionaries, following the tent making strategy of Paul.  Zinzendorf believed that those involved in commerce and trade,…

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Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (4/4)

Evangelism vs. Social Action: A Brief History (4/4)

Section 4: Contemporary Views [In these series of posts, doctoral candidate, Jay Flinn, underscores the the history of the evangelical holistic mission debate.] In the ensuing decades, much has been written on the topic of holistic mission. Most of what has been written can be summarized into three primary positions related to the relationship of evangelism and social action in mission. One position retains the emphasis on evangelism and church planting with little regard to social action. A second position…

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evangelism vs. social action: a brief history (3/4)

evangelism vs. social action: a brief history (3/4)

Section 3: Evolution of the Evangelical Position [In these series of posts, doctoral candidate, Jay Flinn, underscores the the history of the evangelical holistic mission debate.] In the aftermath of two world wars, and as technology began to bring the needs of the world into living rooms, Christians could no longer claim ignorance to the issues of the world. Evangelicals began questioning evangelism only mission and began to reach back into the Scriptures for biblical support for social action and…

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