Posts Tagged ‘Church Planting’

pretty interesting stuff…

Throughout the apologetic speeches of Paul, as Luke recounts elements of them for us in Acts, it is apparent that Paul is putting into practice his own stated philosophy of ministry, expressed in some detail in his first Letter to the Corinthian Christians:

Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (1 Cor. 1:9:19-23 NIV).

It is clear from these comments that Paul had thought very carefully about his unique calling as the
Apostle to the Gentiles and his role as a loyal son of Israel. To win his own Jewish brothers and sisters to Christ, Paul became as “one under the law”–though he was free in Christ. To the Gentiles who knew not Moses, the law, or Israel’s God, Paul instead became a man subject only to the law of Christ, so that those who were at one time “separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” might be won to Israel’s Messiah (Eph. 2:12).

Let us be careful to note that Paul was no mere pragmatist, adopting in chameleon-like fashion, the ideology of whatever group he happened to be facing at any given moment. Paul was not concerned with demographics or “success” in the modern American sense of church planting. He was concerned with being faithful to the commission given him by Jesus Christ. (more…)

SESSION 1:  WHAT ARE THE RAW MATERIALS OF THE CHURCH? (more…)

EIGHT WEEKS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TRINITY CHURCH

7:15, Thursdays in Gravely Hall

 

Join us over the course of the next eight weeks, to be formed by God’s word and gain a vision for His church.  The course will be led by Robert Sturdy with small group discussion led by nominated facilitators.  Six weeks will focus on God’s desire for His church and the final two weeks will apply this to our unique situation here at Trinity.  The purpose is to shape our future according to God’s word and form a vision to work towards over the next 5, 10, 15 and even 20 years. 

 

WEEK 1 (Sept 4):         What are the raw materials of a church?

WEEK 2 (Sept 11):       What are the raw materials of the message?

WEEK 3 (Sept 25):      Leadership:  Framing a church

WEEK 4 (Oct 2):          Qualities and Commitments of a leader

WEEK 5 (Oct 9):          The call to look inward

WEEK 6 (Oct 16):        The call to look outward

WEEK 7 (Oct. 23):       Moving Forward Part I: What are our essentials?

WEEK 8 (Oct. 30):       Moving Forward Part II: What does Trinity look like in 5, 10, 15 years?

 

Suggested Reading:

Thabiti Anyabwile:  What is a Healthy Church Member?

Mark Dever:  Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

C.J. Mahaney:  The Cross Centered Life