New Testament Church Proliferation Digest


Spreading the Gospel via House Churches


Dec 30, 2001 Vol 01 : 124


NT Church Proliferation Digest Sunday, December 30 2001 Vol 01 : 124


Re: [ntcp] How should the HC relate to the IC?
[ntcp] What to do with kids during worship?
Re: [ntcp] Dietrich Bonhoeffer - BRUDERATH
Re: [ntcp] Dietrich Bonhoeffer - BRUDERRAT
Re: [ntcp] Dietrich Bonhoeffer - BRUDERRAT - Reply 2
Re: [ntcp] How should the HC relate to the IC?
[ntcp] What to do with kids during worship?
[ntcp] What to do with kids during worship? Follow up
[ntcp] Re: How should the HC relate to the IC?
Re: [ntcp] How should the HC relate to the IC?
[ntcp] What to do with kids during worship? [fwd from Link]


Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 08:37:21 +0200
From: "Deborah"
Subject: Re: [ntcp] How should the HC relate to the IC?

Dave Jaggernauth wrote:

> I would like to hear some comments from others
> about this issue of how we should relate to the IC.

Good issue! One small suggestion is to refrain from the us/them
definitions. We are the one body of Christ in its various expressions.
Many of the things Dave wrote about could have happened in a house
fellowship. Such corruption and hatefulness is not spawned from a
particular environment but from the sin which still infects us all-- HCers
or ICers. Therefore it is not profitable to be too polemical in our
expressions.

Michael
Jerusalem

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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 08:38:08 +0200
From: "Deborah"
Subject: [ntcp] What to do with kids during worship?

George Patterson wrote:

> We want the children to participate, so we
> meet together before the worship with the
> kids and practice acting out either the Old
> Testament or New Testament reading
> (whichever is more story-like).

This is such an important issue! At what level do our children feel
like they are contributing to the overall emphasis in the church? I teach a
kids' class every other Shabbat (Sabbath). We're studying the Sermon on the
Mount. The kids are kept in our service for the first half, then "released"
to their teachers for the second-- after the reading of the Torah (Law).
Our service-- including AGAPE feast-- is over three hours long. However,
most Jewish services are very tolerant of children and their ways. In other
words, they are not expected to remain seated throughout the service. Or be
(totally) quiet. This is because the teaching is not based on monologue,
but interaction with the main speaker (including clarification of points
missed during a baby's scream) is encouraged. Interruptions, contributions,
even disagreements from others are all kosher. Therefore the kids don't
have to be perfect. Nor do we.

You (George) mentioned that Scripture passages are picked out which
can be acted by the children. What do they do with sections of the Bible
which do not lend themselves to pure drama? Like, for instance, the book of
Romans. Link brought up the truth that schooling in the time of Christ
began with each boy when he was 5 years old. He is right. And the first
book those little guys studied was ... Leviticus! Yet Judaism at that time
was quite successful at retaining the majority of its adherents. Should we
shy away from the "hard books" of the Bible or seek to teach our children
the whole council of God?

Michael
Jerusalem

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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 07:24:44 -0500
From: AOM Canada
Subject: Re: [ntcp] Dietrich Bonhoeffer - BRUDERATH

Hi David:

You could check under Finklewald, the location where Bonhoeffer was when he
began the Bruderath.

Sam

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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 07:40:55 -0500
From: AOM Canada
Subject: Re: [ntcp] Dietrich Bonhoeffer - BRUDERRAT

Hi David:

Just found a biography of Bonhoeffer, and the author, Mary Bosanquet, THE
LIFE AND DEATH OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER (Hodder Staughton, 1968) has a couple
of chapters (Chapter 11 and 12, pp. 150-182) devoted largely to the
community at Finklewald, and the members of the BRUDERRAT. The previous
spelling I had gleaned from an essay on the movement. Sorry about that.

Another good overview of Bonhoeffer is from the series, Makers of the Modern
Theological Mind, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by Dallas M. Roark, Word Books, 1983.

The Bonhoeffer classic, LIFE TOGETHER, is the fruit of the living out as
community in the Bruderrat.

BTW, I did a search, and here is what I got!

Sam
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http://www.bruderrat-online.de/Bruderrat/body_bruderrat.html
http://www.bezirk-duesseldorf-west.de/bruderrat.htm
http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=1&target=http://www.bruderrat-online
.de/&query=bruderrat&rsource=INK
http://www.bruderrat-online.de/
http://www.rp-online.de/news/lokales/moenchengladbach/schuetzen/index.html
http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=2&target=http://www.sirius.com/~pere
grin/KT89f_98.html&query=bruderrat&rsource=INK
http://www.sirius.com/~peregrin/KT89f_98.html
http://www.ub.uni-duisburg.de/volltexte/theologie/a_faber/anmerk.htm
http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=3&target=http://www.abrock.com/Assem
blies.html&query=bruderrat&rsource=INK
http://www.eghn.de/Geschichte/geschichte.html
http://www.sirius.com/~peregrin/kit3c_99.html
http://www.efg-rheinhausen.de/bruederg.htm
http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=4&target=http://www.jcrelations.net/
portugues/rendtorff2p.htm&query=bruderrat&rsource=INK
http://www.abrock.com/Assemblies.html
http://www.staff.fh-vorarlberg.ac.at/wk/w/Kontakte.htm
http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=5&target=http://www.bruderrat.de/gae
stebuch/eintrag.html&query=bruderrat&rsource=INK
http://www.theologe.de/theologe04.htm
http://www.bautz.de/bbkl/h/heitmann_f_c_l.shtml
http://www.abrock.com/Birmingham.html
http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=7&target=http://www.lahoe.de/pages/a
ktu2.html&query=bruderrat&rsource=INK
http://www.rlb.de/hades/1995/had3dat2.html
http://tuga.evangelikale.at/gg01.htm
http://www.jcrelations.net/portugues/rendtorff2p.htm
http://www.bruderrat.de/gaestebuch/eintrag.html
http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=8&target=http://www.bautz.de/bbkl/k/
Knak_s.shtml&query=bruderrat&rsource=INK
http://www.hermann-ehlers.de/ehlers.php3

http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=9&target=http://www.bruderschaft-mg-
waldhausen.de/Links/links.html&query=bruderrat&rsource=INK
http://www.rlb.de/hades/1995/had3dat3.html
http://hotbot.lycos.com/?MT=nick+dimitri
http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=10&target=http://www.dsk.de/rds/0378
3027.htm&query=bruderrat&rsource=INK
http://alf.siegener-zeitung.de/Siegener-Zeitung/rueck/!!051297/lokales/bad_l
aas.htm
http://www.lahoe.de/pages/aktu2.html
http://www.bautz.de/bbkl/k/Knak_s.shtml


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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 07:54:57 -0500
From: AOM Canada
Subject: Re: [ntcp] Dietrich Bonhoeffer - BRUDERRAT - Reply 2

Hi David:

This is what I found under a search for BOTH Bruderrat and Bonhoeffer.

Sam
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http://www.hausarbeiten.de/archiv/geschichte/gesch-text508/gesch-text508.sht
ml
http://click.hotbot.com/director.asp?id=1&target=http://www.etf.cuni.cz/.cs/
~prudky/mptexty/95zahuba.html&query=bruderrat+bonhoeffer&rsource=INK
http://www.transparentonline.de/Nr58/58_6.htm
http://www.etf.cuni.cz/.cs/~prudky/mptexty/95zahuba.html
http://www.transparentonline.de/Nr60/60_9.htm
http://www.theologe.de/theologe04.htm
http://www.etf.cuni.cz/toChurch Planting852.en/~prudky/mptexty/95zahuba.html
http://www.moston.de/phil/writings/widerstand/widerstand01.php3
http://www.strohm.org/studie_albert.htm
http://www.bautz.de/bbkl/v/vogel_h.shtml
http://www.kirchenbote.ch/zuerich/aktuell/ebelinginterview.htm
http://www.glaubenskultur.de/projekte/zeitlauf.html
http://www.ekir.de/aktuell/lka21-03-00.stm
http://www.ekd.de/vortraege/154_huber-v3.html
http://www.bautz.de/bbkl/h/hellbardt_h.shtml
http://www.mohr.de/rgg4/lemma_b.htm


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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 15:46:34
From: "David Jaggernauth"
Subject: Re: [ntcp] How should the HC relate to the IC?

Michael wrote:

"Good issue! One small suggestion is to refrain from the us/them
definitions. We are the one body of Christ in its various expressions."
There are some specicific issues on this matter that contributes to the
problem. One of the main reasons I cannot relate to the people from my old
Church is because of key doctrinal issues they are taught. Below are listed
a few:

1. Covering doctrine- this imputes spiritual power to the pastor over the
flock and gives him an authority that says that whatever he says is the word
of God.

2. Tithing- They believe that if you do not believe in tithing you are
deceived by the devil.

3. They think that they are right and if you disagree with them you are of
the devil.

4. If you leave, you have fallen away.

5. They think that their material prosperity is an indication of their
spiritual maturity.
These issues presents some problems for me. They would reject our philosophy
on the above issues and call us dangerous. How can we invite someone from an
IC to minister in an HC if they do not have the understanding we do on these
issues.

I would like to communicate our ideas to them but this fear barrier has to
be broken.

David Jaggernauth


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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 09:31:19 -0800
From: "George Patterson"
Subject: [ntcp] What to do with kids during worship?

Michael,

I appreciate your interest in childrens' participation.
You ask how they would act out Bible passages that do not have dialogue or
do not lend themselves to dramatizing. The message came from our daughter
Anne, but I'll try to answer you from my own experience. Good Bible teaching
will seek the historical bases for the abstract doctrinal passages, not only
to illustrate the doctrine, but to lay the legal or historical foundation
for it. For example, for the 'trial by fire' of a Christians works before
Christ's judgment seat, to make sure we don't carry any evil 'contraband'
into heaven. The Mosaic law in Num. 31 sets the legal precedent, where Moses
made the victorious soldiers pass the booty through the fire, so that only
precious stones, etc. which had withstood the fire, could enter into the
holy camp. All religions in the world except Christianity (and OT Judaism)
are built on some dreamer's philosophical or metaphysical systems. But
Christianity is unique; all its theology grows out of the great redemptive
historical events. Not one major Christian belief originated from purely
philosophical musing. Therefore, we can always find a historical passage in
Scripture that children can act out for any doctrine. But not only children.
Such visual "sermons" are more powerful when adults also participate. Also,
it works far better when you get the older children to do most of the
preparation, and discipling, of the younger.

George Patterson


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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 10:12:36 -0800
From: "George Patterson"
Subject: [ntcp] What to do with kids during worship? Follow up

Hi Michael,

I appreciate your interest in children's participation. You ask how children
can dramatize those Bible passages that do not lend themselves to it. The
message came from my daughter Anne in Mexico but I'll try to answer from my
experience. Good Bible teaching will use historical passages that illustrate
or give the legal basis for an abstract doctrinal passage, as Paul did in
Romans. Christianity (and OT Judaism) is unique among religions in that all
of its major doctrines grow out of the great redemptive events of history.
All other religions started with some dreamer's philosophical musings on
metaphysics and ethics. An example is the 'trial by fire' before Jesus'
judgment seat (1 Cor. 3:11-15, to make sure we don't sneak any evil
contraband into heaven. The legal and historical basis is found in Num. 31,
where Moses confronted the victorious soldiers who were bringing booty into
the holy camp that didn't belong there. They had to build a fire and pass
the object through it. Whatever was purified by fire was allowed to enter.
Silver idols would have been melted down. All Christian doctrines have some
historical basis, so you should be able to find a historical passage that
gives the a prophetic or legal basis for it, that kids can act out. It also
adds seriousness if adults also participate in such dramatized 'sermons.'
They don't have to be long. Also, it's triply edifying when you have the
older kids prepare and disciple the younger.


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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 12:28:40 -0800
From: Dan Snyder
Subject: [ntcp] Re: How should the HC relate to the IC?

Dear David,

I appreciated Michael's reminder to us that the Lord only has one Body.
Amen!

It seems like the enemy uses two main factors to divide the believers -
doctrines and practices.

On the other hand, it's the Lord's LIFE in us that makes us one. He who has
the Son has the life. Enjoying Him as life with another believer can break
that barrier of fear.

If we can come together with other believers and leave our doctrinal and
church practice "guns" at the door... then we can really enter into the
mutual enjoyment of Christ as life - and bear the testimony of His one Body
that issues from that kind of enjoyment.

The key may be our willingness to not turn things into "issues". Once we
begin to insist on something or oppose something we make it an issue.

I appreciate Paul's word in Rom. 14:3 and 15:7. We need to receive those
whom God has received - without insisting or opposing. If someone has
believed into Christ (even if he's still weak in the faith) he's still my
brother.

This may not be so easy in practice. But if we see the Lord's heart in this
matter, at least we know how to pray. "Lord, get through in me... don't let
me be a factor of division in your Body."

Others may not be willing to receive us. There's not much we can do about
that. But if we are willing to receive them that gives us the right standing
for the Lord to pour Himself upon us.

Just like Psalm 133 - It's upon the believers meeting in oneness (in other
words realizing the Body... not just their "group") that the Lord delights
to pour out His commanded blessing.

Praise Him!!!

Dan S.

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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 15:46:43 -0500
From: AOM Canada
Subject: Re: [ntcp] How should the HC relate to the IC?

Wow! A good thread here!

> From: "David Jaggernauth"
> Subject: Re: [ntcp] How should the HC relate to the IC?
>
> Michael wrote:
>
> "Good issue! One small suggestion is to refrain from the us/them
> definitions. We are the one body of Christ in its various expressions."

Aaah! Yes, we are the Body of Christ, but I only wish the people in the IC
saw it beyond their "four walls" and beyond their denominational noses. I
just got invited to a Church Planting Canada, Ontario Chapter gathering in
Toronto in January. The main discussion topic, "The Ethics of Recruiting
Church Planters in a Denomination-Lite Age." Yuk! But, this is what I
always get from the IC and all the churches that are built within the
denominational wineskin. To make matters even worse, there is a weekend
workshop in February for church planters and coaches and it is $400
(Canadian $) per person to be a part of it! Ouch!

Yes, we are all part of the Body of Christ, but some of us just don't have
the same mindset, not only on doctrine, but the practical application of
what we believe, such as views on church planting, and training, and
releasing church planters, and so important, the proper use of finances.
When I read what I just read in the above paragraph, I wonder if I am a part
of what the IC thinks is the Body of Christ or not.

I tend to see a divide coming, and it is a very large divide. It is one
which is based on propagating and expanding the IC religious system through
the multiplication of their own brand of IC church plants, or the one that
will and is breaking completely away for the IC in its mindsets, attitudes,
beliefs, and frugal attitude about wealth and stewardship.

Dissect the above for a moment:

1. Michael asserts we are all the Body of Christ. Well, yes and no. There
will always be wheat and tares in the church, but these tares are not of His
Body. And, as Jesus said to the brothers who freaked out about others
casting out demons in His name, He told His own disciples to leave them
alone. There are many expressions in the Kingdom, and even though we are
all part of the Body as His believers, we all have different callings and
ministries individually and function differently in fulfilling these
destinies.

2. Everyone who advocates the HC as the closest model to the NT "pattern"
does so in a very limited fashion. The issue is twofold. One is the
reality that Jesus is the head of the Body. The IC sees other "shepherds"
in submission to Jesus, but still leading the Body. I reject this IC model
as being completely at odds with Jesus actually being the head every time
the saints gather as in what the typical HC would hope to gather under.
Just because people are in an HC does not mean that it is having Jesus as
the head of the gathering. There are many HC settings that are just as
dominated with "clergy" and top driven as any other IC gathering. The
bottom line is the pattern of NT gatherings is the guidance of the Spirit in
the gathering and Jesus being the head of the Body life in the gathering.
This is the NT pattern, Jesus being the head effectively in the body life of
the saints gathered together. The IC as an organization cannot effectively
have Jesus as the head, and it is therefore not a NT pattern church
gathering. The IC would cease to function if it even tried to have Jesus as
the head!

We are at loggerheads from square one with the IC over this very issue.
Also inviting someone to come and share from and IC would mean several
things to those of us in the HC.

I for one will be having several people from an IC background coming to
share what the Lord is doing through their ministry, and they have been
advised that there will be interaction through their presentation/testimony.
There will be much interactive dialogue taking place. This is not taking
away from their testimony or teaching, but rather showing them the full
nature of participatory Body life and interaction and the mutual edification
of one another when we gather. They have been warned, and they still want
to come and be a part of us. This kind of interaction I welcome. But, if a
prototypical (if such a beast ;-) exists!) IC person comes to share and
expects it be like an IC, then I would discourage his coming to share, but
rather would simply invite him to come and see and interact with the Body as
we sit at the feet of Jesus together. Depending on how he would interact,
that would depend if he would be invited to share.

> There are some specicific issues on this matter that contributes to the
> problem. One of the main reasons I cannot relate to the people from my old
> Church is because of key doctrinal issues they are taught. Below are listed
> a few:

The issues cannot be left simply as doctrinal or theological, for to be
doctrinal and theological in the purest sense also means that what we
believe must be consistently practiced. So I believe here the issue is more
to the point, that you do not adhere to the doctrine and practice of the IC,
and then you go on to name them.

> 1. Covering doctrine- this imputes spiritual power to the pastor over the
> flock and gives him an authority that says that whatever he says is the word
> of God.

This doctrine of covering is such a sham! It is the way in which the IC
controls the lives and finances of the people who have placed their own
spiritual well being in their hands. This doctrine protects and propagates
the control over people's lives which was never intended in the Scripture.

> 2. Tithing- They believe that if you do not believe in tithing you are
> deceived by the devil.

Another doctrine from the dark side (the law). It is abysmal that this
teaching on tithing is so rampant in the Body of Christ. The NT pattern was
to raise offerings for the saints in need and for the poor, and to raise
funds for apostolic ministry trips. Nothing else, nothing more. No
building committees, no special funds, no professional salaries, etc. OK,
for those who want to be biblical, how about we pay the professionals just
as they did in the Scriptures. How about some barley and wheat, and a side
of beef? That was the pay of the professional ministers at the Temple. Oh,
yeah, almost forgot. BTW, we don't have a Temple to upkeep anymore, well,
because We, you and I, the Body of Christ, we are the living stones in the
Temple of God! Oh, yeah, before I forget to mention it, there are no more
special priests, we are a Kingdom of Priests, all of us together! No tithing
either! BTW, for those who think they should not give now, think again! If
we are truly under grace and not under the law, we should in the words of
Paul, "give liberally", and that means our giving should not be limited to
10% but should liberal and extravagant! But, I believe most of us would
rather limit ourselves to what the law requires rather than to give
according to grace and God's abundance!

> 3. They think that they are right and if you disagree with them you are of
> the devil.

Anyone who defends a system without truly knowing what it is they are
defending and have never wrestled through what they believe and why, they
usually get around disagreements with others by belittling the others and
demonizing them! Happens all the time!

> 4. If you leave, you have fallen away.

Paul speaks of those who leave as "never being a part of us." That doesn't
mean they have fallen away, as much as it means that they were not knit
together as a body. They did not hold to the same things and cherish the
same things.

Hey, it has happened to me. Recently a couple who had shared about wanting
to plant an HC in their town just outside our city, they asked for our
blessing to go ahead. We prayed and sensed that there were other issues,
but that we needed to release them and bless them. On the Friday night
gathering, they shared with everyone, "Hey we are going to have a baby!"
You need to understand, this couple had just gotten married in early July,
so everyone was thinking you know, the natural kind of baby! Anyway, they
explained their vision and desire to plant an HC. We gathered around them
and anointed them with oil and prayed and released them. We understood that
it would be in the new year. That was six weeks ago. I have kept in touch
with them by phone and email, and he had never initiated any of the contact.
It is like they just wanted to go and do their own thing. We met with them
for a meal several weeks ago, and they haven't really done much, and they
have gotten in touch with some other people of the area, but nothing has
really materialized. The only fellowship they had was with us, and yet they
cut themselves completely from us. They could not tell us if they wanted to
continue in relationship. So, I left a bit confused, and as I drove home
the Lord reminded me of the words of Paul in Corinthians, "the departed and
they were not part of us." Then the Lord reminded me of the varying
differences we had in beliefs and doctrine and just how much that brother
wanted to lead something, anything. As much as he had been a part of us for
a year and a half, he still had not embraced Jesus being the head and all
the body ministering to the Lord and to one another. So, I released my
brother, and he is my brother. I released him, and I pray when the
difficulties come, he will remember us, so that then, we can gather around
him and minister to him. Until that happens, he will be consumed to do his
own thing. But neither this brother, nor myself are deceived of the devil
or his minions. We are trying to hear the Lord, and we are trying to be
obedient in walking out what we hear. Just simply because another brother
doesn't hear what I hear, that does not put me in error or in a fallen
state. I may deceive myself if I abandon the body and the collective
witness of the Spirit within the body, but I willingly submit to the body
and to the Spirit.

> 5. They think that their material prosperity is an indication of their
> spiritual maturity.

Isn't that the truth! They do indeed! Well, the riches of this world come
to the just and the unjust! We need to be mindful to not confuse material
blessing with spiritual blessing. Financial wealth has a way of crippling
spiritual people. We tend to become dependent on the self rather than on
the Lord. He is our Jehovah Jireh, our provider for all things, material
and spiritual and physical!

Look at the wealth and abundance in the North American church. The church
has never been more wealthy than now, and yet, the church has never been
more spiritually bankrupt and desolate than now!

> These issues presents some problems for me. They would reject our philosophy
> on the above issues and call us dangerous.

You are viewed as dangerous because you are a threat to their IC system!
You are a threat, and yes, you are a brother in the Lord, but you are a
threat! Never forget that, you are perceived as a threat!

I was told already, that I am a threat to the IC's here in our city. They
view me as an extremist and an outsider, yet I am the only one who actually
welcomes all the Lord is doing in the city, and I encourage our people to
fully participate in what is happening across the city. I welcome other
believers from across the city to come and be ministered to. The door is
open... but I am viewed as a threat! I am a threat... because I constantly
expose the fallacy of religion and the religious system that is rampant in
our city. We need to call religion what it is...vain and empty. It is all
about big budgets, big buildings, big ministries, and who has brought in the
latest religious big shot! This is vain and empty and has nothing to do
with the Kingdom of God in the city! Nothing at all!

> How can we invite someone from an
> IC to minister in an HC if they do not have the understanding we do on these
> issues.

Brother, I already told you... You can't invite them. If they do not
understand what they are walking into, and that you are following the voice
and vision of God for you and those gathered with you, and that you will not
be straying off that path, then do not invite them. But, hey invite them to
taste and see what the HC is about, but pray the Lord's protection over your
gathering. Be careful what you expose yourself to.
>
> I would like to communicate our ideas to them but this fear barrier has to
> be broken.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We deliberately leave our
Friday gathering open to the public. But we pray for the Lord's protection,
and we ask that He only allow those of His own choosing to come to the
gatherings. He has protected us for over two years and we are more open
than ever to people from the IC coming, and many come, and they consider us
a "watering hole for their souls" which I find ironic. They get their needs
met here amongst us, but they feel a ring of safety in the institutional
church. Really ironic!

Blessings,

Sammy

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Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 15:32:02 -0500
From: forwarded
Subject: [ntcp] What to do with kids during worship? [fwd from Link]

Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 16:08:45
From: Link Hudson

>can be acted by the children. What do they do with sections of the Bible
>which do not lend themselves to pure drama? Like, for instance, the book of
>Romans. Link brought up the truth that schooling in the time of Christ
>began with each boy when he was 5 years old. He is right. And the first
>book those little guys studied was ... Leviticus! Yet Judaism at that time
>was quite successful at retaining the majority of its adherents. Should we
>shy away from the "hard books" of the Bible or seek to teach our children
>the whole council of God?

I can imagine kids acting out sections of Leviticus, pretinding to cut
open a goat, pull out the gall bladder, and burn it on the altar. If they
are really into srtsy drama stuff they can try to 'be a gall bladder' for
this part.

Seriously though, Romans would be hard to act out. I don't think anyone
would suggest that drama works for every passage of scripture. There are
some good narratives where it might work.

I didn't know that the Jews used to start five year olds off with
Leviticus. that is one of those books a lot of adults just skip these
days. I can't imagine how hard it would be to teach this to
five-year-olds.

Once a Sunday school teacher for the middle school class at my church was
absent. My class had a lot of teachers, and someone else was assigned the
lesson that week. I wasn't familiar with their book, so I opened up to a
passage of scripture that I was familiar with, Romans 3, and tried to
have them read through it and discuss it. They found it very difficult.
Paul's sentences are so long. But I'm still a believer in teaching kids
to read the hard passages. In addition to the spiritual benefits, it
teaches them to think.

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