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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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Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (2/4)

Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (2/4)

Section 2: Moravian Thought The central though of Zinzendorf and the Moravians was Christ and His suffering.  Zinzendorf stressed that instead of giving elaborate proofs for God’s existence, the missionary should cut to the chase and simply tell the story of Jesus.[1]  Christ is the only way to personally experience the love of God in an intimate relationship; therefore it is of utmost importance to make Him known.  Zinzendorf emphasized the blood and wounds of Christ since this is how…

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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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