In a blog post by Alan Knox entitled, “Tweaking the particulars without confronting the core assumptions,” he says that “Simply tweaking the particulars without confronting the core assumptions (about what it means to be the church and to gather together as the church) does not help.” I’d encourage you to read that post in full here.
I replied this way in the comment section “If there’s one question that has taken up most of my thinking about “church” in the past year, this post approaches it. There is such a strong compulsion to “get back to the way church used to be.” It seems though, that as much energy is being devoted toward that end, the church simply can not shed its modern-day assumptions. We bring all this stuff with us into the past and contaminate the timeline. It’s like going “back to the future” with the book and messing it all up over and over.
Alan then asked me “What do you think is the answer to this problem?” I’ve been in somewhat of a mental stutter until now. Here’s my answer:
If the Church wants to return to its New Testament model, it must first recapture the New Testament’s mode of mission.
In that answer, I have made couple of assumptions:
1. A right relationship with the triune God and your neighbor.
2. That the mission of the Church is Making Disciples by Preaching the Gospel
Am I correct is saying that “If the Church wants to return to its New Testament model, it must first recapture the New Testament’s mode of mission?”
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