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A Biblical Perspective on Refugees (2/3)

A Biblical Perspective on Refugees (2/3)

Part 2: Appropriate Biblical Responses to Refugees After considering the scope of Old Testament law protections applied to foreigners, some principles can be gathered which may have application to the church’s current response to refugees.  There is evidence that refugees should not be mistreated or oppressed (Exod. 22:21, Lev. 19:33), there should be fair administration of justice to refugees (Deut. 1:16-17, 24:17), refugees should be included under the protection of employment regulations including the timely payment of wages (Deut. 5:14,…

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The Theological Roots of the Regional Church (5/6)

The Theological Roots of the Regional Church (5/6)

There are sound theological motivations for pursuing an attitude of shared identification and mission collaboration as regional churches. As stated in the introduction to this study, the regional church concept in the New Testament has been discussed far less than the universal and local expressions of the church. One possible result of this is that local churches and local church leaders experience isolationism and sectarianism. They become content with the unity they have within the local congregation and see little…

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The Regional Church & Strategic Collaboration (4/6)

The Regional Church & Strategic Collaboration (4/6)

Church Planting Strategies & the Regional Church So far, we have established the biblical basis of the regional church. We have also discussed strategic benefits that result when churches in a particular geographic area identify as the regional church, and collaborate for mission. At this point it is important to discuss some practical ways the regional church can engage in the work of church planting today. In my research the most helpful literature on this subject came from a book…

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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)

Moving on from Acts, we have noted in the previous article in this series that 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 on the notion of the regional church, revealing insights about the nature and dynamics of a particular regional church from the early church era. Paul’s Passion for Galatia The narrative in Acts explains that Paul spent considerable time evangelizing, church…

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