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Category: Mission

Making disciples of those in plain sight

I love this video from Rebuild Net­work.

Mak­ing dis­ci­ples of all nations includes the nation — the peo­ple group — where you live.

Fulfilling the Law of Christ: Applying NCT in church life

burdenOver the past sev­eral years, I’ve seen, read, and par­tic­i­pated in a lot of dis­cus­sions about what laws or com­mand­ments we need to fol­low in the New Covenant, what a Bib­li­cal The­ol­ogy of the New Covenant should be, or what the escha­tol­ogy of NCT adher­ents should be. (That last one is a par­tic­u­larly volatile one at the moment, with some amills want­ing to kick out the premills.)

In other words, there’s a lot of con­ver­sa­tion about NCT orthodoxy.

But what about NCT orthopraxy?

What should a church that teaches New Covenant The­ol­ogy look like? What are its hall­marks? Con­tinue reading

Context, not compromise

bullhorn guy

Not a good exam­ple of contextualization.

At his blog, It Is Writ­ten, Dr. Bob Gon­za­les has put together an excel­lent series on con­tex­tu­al­iza­tion – a manda­tory tenet of mis­sional churches and the bête noire of John MacArthur — or what can bet­ter be described as “accommodation.”

In his lat­est install­ment, Gon­za­les help­fully reminds us:

[W]e need to accom­mo­date our com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the peo­ple we’re try­ing to reach, to the peo­ple we’re try­ing to edify because God accom­mo­dates him­self to us in his rev­e­la­tion and because the ser­vants of God, like Jesus and like Paul the apos­tle, accom­mo­dated their com­mu­ni­ca­tion to their audi­ence. Broth­ers, if we want to win souls, if we want to see our churches grow, if we want to increase the edi­fi­ca­tion of our cur­rent mem­ber­ship, then we must become all things to all men. We must accom­mo­date (not com­pro­mise) in the area of communication.

Indeed, con­tex­tu­al­iza­tion prop­erly defined and prop­erly done doesn’t water down the gospel; it makes the offense of the gospel as clear as possible.

Chan: How not to make disciples

Some­times there’s an awfully long dis­tance between the head and the heart. Fran­cis Chan shows us the dif­fer­ence between know­ing and doing:

Rebuild where you live, live where you rebuild

I’m very moved and moti­vated by what I see the Rebuild Net­work ( doing to plant churches in urban areas. But there’s more to them than plant­ing, and there’s some­thing to learn from them in all churches who want to focus on dis­ci­ple­ship and mission.

Here’s a video that tells the story of the first church they planted. I just love this.

On Decem­ber 15, 2007, 25 fam­i­lies made the com­mit­ment to move from Den­ton, TX to Atlanta, GA to plant a church that was in the city, for the city, and looked like the city. It became the Rebuild Network’s first church plant—Blueprint Church.

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