'Excuse me, But ummm, Is your Church on Inside Out?'

testSmall“Lutheranism restricted itself to an exclusively ecclesiastical and theological character, while Calvinism put its impress in and outside the church upon every aspect of human life.” ~ Abraham Kuyper, Christianity: Total World And Life System

While this quotes speaks specifically to the Lutheran and Calvinistic approaches to church, it can be can also be applied across modern denominational and ecclesiastical distinctives.

 

Should the church be more characteristically disposed to being part of every sphere of human life, or separate itself and focus inward? 

 

0 thoughts on “'Excuse me, But ummm, Is your Church on Inside Out?'

  1. Marshall says:

    Christ is all-encompassing; inward & outward; things seen and things unseen.
    (we must therefore consider the question, “more characteristically disposed to being part of every sphere of human life, or separate itself and focus inward?” as if non sequitur.)

  2. Rob Kampen says:

    I believe the church is one of a number of spheres of influence in a healthy, functioning society. My understanding from the biblical narrative is that the church reveals God as the Great High Priest and
    gets its mandate directly from God (c.f. say government which gets its mandate from the people). It is to demonstrate righteousness and designed to show holiness and mercy. The church contract is that of giving and receiving (c.f. say business which contracts via buying and selling).
    To say it is inside or outside focused kind of misses the point for me. It is a place where I go to get encouraged, built up and equipped to do the work of the ministry. Remember only one tribe was called to the priesthood and functioned as the church, the other 11/12 was in the market place.
    I think it is little different under the new covenant, some are called to minister directly to the body, while the bulk of us are called to use our gifts (yes we all have them) to minister to the world and demonstrate Jesus, the Christ to those who do not know Him.
    Thus I guess in summary approx 4 ~ 8% are inwardly focused and the remainder outwardly focused if one insists upon that distinction.

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