Presentation on theme: "Plato has influenced the church. He believed that there was a sacred and a secular, and that distinction still lives in the church today. The building."— Presentation transcript:
Plato has influenced the church. He believed that there was a sacred and a secular, and that distinction still lives in the church today. The building and the church Sunday services are the sacred things of life. Dualism of thinking allows for the great divide between the world and the church. The New Testament was written in Greek with a Hebrew mindset. For a full understanding, we need to appreciate Hebrew thought.
Large buildings Committees and rotas Stone and Steeples Pews and hymnals Bells and candles Structure (leadership) Meetings Organs and pipes Silence Men and women in robes
‘Ekklesia’ ‘the called out ones’. People who are called out by God to live according to His principles, to live as a community. The Greek compartmentalised mindset is in direct opposition to the Hebrew holistic mindset, which considers life as a whole, and the concepts of who you are and to whom you belong as the starting point and driving force.
HEBREW THINKING Starts with FATHER AND FAMILY Deals with verbs – ACTION Deals with REALITY Deals with the CONCRETE Deals with EXPERIENTIAL Deals with FAMILY AS A UNIT Deals with PROSPERITY – Biblical prosperity GREEK THINKING Courts, handling things in a LEGAL WAY Nouns – CONCEPTS Deals with PHILOSOPHY Deals with ABSTRACT Deals with THEORY Deals with CITY GOVERNMENT Deals with DUALISM
ETHOSNew Today’s Church LOCATIONMoved from house to house; met for combined celebrations Meeting in church buildings SIZE OF GROUPSSmall, intimate groups combining for celebrations Large impersonal groups ACTIVITIESDaily fellowshipProgramme driven services SUPPORT SYSTEMBuilding up one anotherProblem? See the pastor RELATIONSHIPSIntimate: helping one another Remote: little transparency DISCIPLINGMouth-to-ear modelling; personal values shaped Classes, theory: little modelling; values taught not shaped PRIMARY TASKS OF LEADERS Every believer equipped to do the work of the ministry Directing the programme based design
ETHOSNewToday’s Church PRAYER LIFEHours daily: heavy emphasisIndividual choice: limited PASTOR’S DUTYModel the life of a believerPreach good sermons EXPECTATIONS OF MEMBERSMinistering to others; total servant hood and stewardship Attendance; tithing; working in the ‘programmes’ PERSPECTIVECell groups the focal pointCongregation the focal point KEY WORDS“Go and make disciples”“Come and be” TEACHINGSApply the Scriptures to needs and relationships Subscribe to the distinctive beliefs of the church SPIRITUAL GIFTSRegularly exercised by all believers to build others in the small group gathers Either downplayed or often used as a “crowd pleaser” in public services
ETHOSNewToday’s Church COMMITMENTTo increase the Kingdom; unity, body life To enlarge the institution; uniformity EVALUATION TEST“How you serve”“What you know” SOURCE OF SECURING STAFF Servant workers developed within (Sonship); tested before being set apart Trained, professional clergy