New Testament Church Proliferation Digest


Spreading the Gospel via House Churches


July 26, 2001 Vol 01 : 039
 
[New Testament Church Proliferation] Robert Banks book on missions

Re: [New Testament Church Proliferation] Robert Banks book on missions

[New Testament Church Proliferation] Cultural Christianity and expression

 

Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 18:47:00 -0400 From: David Anderson

Subject: [New Testament Church Proliferation] Banks book on missions

Reenvisioning Theological Education: Exploring a Missional Alternative to Current Models

Robert J. Banks

Anyone seen this. The Banks' (husband and wife) have provided so much for the house church community.

Anyone got his email address. He left Fuller, I believe.

David Anderson

 

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 16:54:01 -0400 From: David Anderson

Subject: Re: [New Testament Church Proliferation] Banks book on missions

Reenvisioning Theological Education: Exploring a Missional Alternative to Current Models

Robert J. Banks

This item, though doubtlessly valuable, is not what I had in mind. I am thinking of of a paper written Banks or possibly Del Birkey on the subject of missions.

Let me know if you may have encountered it. Thanks.

David Anderson

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Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 17:25:57 -0400 From: The Dwelling Place

Subject: [New Testament Church Proliferation] Cultural Christianity and expression

Greetings Everyone!

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about the context of our Christian expression. I was reflecting on the following as it relates to body life:

1. All expressions of family relate around the table (meal times). It does not matter where you go, people gather and eat and fellowship around the main meal of the day. That is usually the evening meal. At that time exchanges and dialogue about the day takes place. It is a time to vent, reflect, and express how the day went. It is a time where relationships are strengthened and deepened. It is an intimate family moment that is shared over a meal. Everyone in the family feels the connection and interaction with each other.

So too it is with the whole idea of the Lord's table. The disciples shared a full meal with Jesus and the "Last Supper" was formed out of that intimate meal together. The Apostle Paul in 1 Cor. 11 alludes to the full meal when he decries people not sharing and not waiting for the others to eat with in fellowship and harmony.

I believe if we truly sought to culturally reflect the reality of the church in the New Testament we would: a. Make the Lord's supper exactly that, a supper where everyone in a "non-religious" fashion participates in the meal and expresses the fullness that Jesus came to bring. b. We would have the meal on a regular basis (at least weekly).

I must confess here that we have only had communion as part of the meal together where is was quite "religious" in its expression. I would love to have it as a low key interactive meal celebration.

2. Cultural context in how and where we meet. If family is the essence of body life, so too should be the size and type of gathering we have together in expressing body life.

I think that most of what is described as church life in the New Testament is in fact body life, which is the edification of believers. If a patter at all exists it is that the family unity is the crucible of the outworking of God's grace in society at large, and the church in particular. As such, the extended family, the church/body of Christ, should likewise bear the marks of that same kind of body life. I believe that the basic size of gathering for mutual edification is such a unit.

This by no means eliminates the need for larger meetings or gatherings, but simply put, instruction to large groups can and ought to take place regularly across our cities to take maximum use for the teaching and equipping of the local body of Christ. But this is not the weekly body life, this is simply grand scale equipping and releasing.

Anyone have any thoughts to share?

Sam

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