Thursday, March 25, 2010

Simplifying church pt 3

In regards to simplifying the church, we should seek and expect to 'have our cake AND eat it too!'
Far too many churches seem split between those who seek theological purity and those who seek a loving community. Indeed it is the opinion of some that you can have one or the other but to attempt to have both would be ridiculous.
Granted human nature is prone to extremes and is quite reckless when it comes to balancing fragile items, but the local church must NOT be conformed to this world, it must be transformed by the word of God!
Considering the example of the early church (not to mention churches throughout history) it is quite possible to have:
Truth and community
Love and correction
Reconciliation and church discipline
Relationship and rebuke
Accountability and grace
Leadership and mutual submission

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