In this episode Kirk and Dan continue their series on the concept of a “Church Theology” by digging into God’s Biblical vision for the church. In the last two episodes we saw how God views the church, how he sees it. But now, what is God’s vision for the church — his desire for it and plan as it were to embody its calling and live out its mission?
The below is a Gospel Life Course taught during May 2018 at CrossWay Community Church.
Week 1 — Introduction, Identity, & Mission
May 6th, 2018
Week 2 — Cultivation, pt. 1
May 13th, 2018
Week 3 — Cultivation, pt. 2
May 20th, 2018
Week 4 — Cultivation, pt. 3
May 27th, 2018
The Church: Myths and Misconceptions (Part 1)
South City Church
July 30, 2017
The Church: Myths and Misconceptions (Part 2)
South City Church
August 6, 2017
These sermons are a part of a series on the foundational principles of South City Church’s philosophy of ministry. See all sermons from this series.
Saying you’re a part of the Church (universal) without being a member of a specific local church is like saying you’re in the NFL without actually being on the roster of any of the NFL’s teams.
The NFL is made up of its 32 teams. The Church — the universal body of believers from across space and time — is manifested through the multitude of concrete, local churches.
Some may point to exceptions: “But what about…?” “But if you say this, doesn’t that mean…?” But there’s a reason these are exceptions — they are exceptional; they are not the norm.
The Bible both states and assumes that those who are identified with Christ by trusting in him are also those who are identified with him in baptism and identified with his community of believers — the church — through inclusion/membership among their ranks.
To abstain from regularly assembling with and committing oneself to a church community, placing oneself under its leadership and discipline, is to break away from the Biblical pattern of the Christian life — a life lived out in community, with mutual-accountability and encouragement.
To speak of “regular attenders” as some secondary class of pseudo-members is to blur these lines. We are better off to speak of such folks in truer terms, of what they are — perpetual visitors.