An Overview of the Church as Community

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equip1Its been a few months since I wrote a blog and its good to be back writing with these guys on ParkingSpace23. As I return to the joys of blogging, I need to finish a series I started last year on the Church as Community.

The Church is not a cult. The Church does not use devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents, consider 1 Thessalonians 2:5-11. The Church is not an isolated commune, consider 1 Corinthians 5:9-10.  Rather the Church functions as the Covenant Community through the local church in local communities.

We have to understand first the essence of the Covenant Community and secondly the endeavor of the Covenant Community so that we can engage in the expansion of the Covenant Community.… Continue reading

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TCAC: Established by the Gospel

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As we begin the new year (I know I’m 12 days behind, close enough) we must consider our role within the local body of believers, our role in the Covenant Community. (This blog could have/should have been the first in my series on The Church as Community). As Christians we are each called to a local body of believers. We are called to submit to elders (1 Pet 5:5; Heb 13:17), to pray for our elders (Heb 13:18), and to gather regularly as a local church (Heb 10:24-25). Parachurch organizations are not what we as Christians are called to (there are several great parachurch organizations and a plethora of bad parachurch organizations).… Continue reading

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TCAC: Exalting God Together in Song

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filtering-songs Growing up I remember my dad singing a simple song called A Song Holy Angels Cannot Sing. The lyrics were as follows:

Angels never knew the joy that is mine
For the blood has never washed their sins away,
tho they sing in Heaven there will come a time,
when silently they’ll listen to me sing “Amazing Grace.”

It’s a song Holy Angels cannot sing,
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound!”
It’s a song Holy Angels cannot sing,
“I once was lost, but now I’m found!”

Holy is the LORD, the angels sing,
All around the throne of GOD continually;
For me to join their song will be a natural thing,
But they just won’t know the words to “Love Lifted Me”.                Continue reading

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The Church as Community: Experienced through Discipleship

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discipleshipThe local church functions as a community. As the Covenant Community: (1) we excel for the glory of God; (2) we express the gospel through the ordinances; (3) we edify each other through spiritual gifts; and (4) we are equipped through godly leaders. But the Covenant Community is experienced through discipleship.

Discipleship involves integrating others into the Covenant Community, teaching others how to live within the Covenant Community, relating to each other as family within the Covenant Community, guarding what has been entrusted to the Covenant Community, and preserving the purity of the Covenant Community. Our mission within the Covenant Community is making disciples of King Jesus (Matt 28:18-20).… Continue reading

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The Church as Community: Equipped by Godly Men (Part 2)

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equip2Good morning! How did you actively take part in and enjoy the Covenant Community yesterday as we celebrated the Lord’s Day? How will you participate in the Covenant Community today?

Last Friday we began looking at the leadership of the local church and the significance of the stewardship/household theme within the Pastorals Epistles. So today, we consider the role of deacons and women within the Covenant Community.

Deacons: Godly Men who are Servants in the Household of God

I understand that this is an area where Christians can have disagreement in fact here is a great blog on a different view written by Karl Heitman.… Continue reading

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