Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Church as a Body [Part 4]

In their book Vintage Church Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears define the church: “The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord.  In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for … Continue reading

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The Church as a Body [Part 3]

The church is a body. Here on 2thesource in the last few days we’ve seen this metaphor played out in places like 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4. Here are two examples from Paul’s letter to the Colossians: Colossians 1:18 … Continue reading

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The Church as a Body [Part 2]

One of the most common metaphors used in the New Testament to identify the church is the church as a body. As such, the church is recognized as a place of unity in the midst of diversity, of complement in … Continue reading

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The Church as a Body [Part 1]

The New Testament describes the church as a family, a structure being built by God, a holy temple where God dwells, and God’s field. All of these metaphors identify different aspects of the church’s makeup, but perhaps no metaphor is … Continue reading

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Preachers: Are You Digging in the Wrong Place?

Raiders of the Lost Ark has been one of my favorite movies since I first watched it when I was about 10 years old. My older brother and I used to love watching the Indiana Jones Trilogy together (and yes, we … Continue reading

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The Church is God’s Field

I grew up in a small town in Oregon called Silverton. I don’t know if it is totally accurate to refer to Silverton as a “farming community,” but the town is certainly surrounded by farms. No matter what direction you … Continue reading

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The Church is a People Called “A Holy Temple”

What do you think of when you hear the word “temple?” For most people the word probably evokes an image like this: It is very unlikely that the first image that comes to mind when you hear “temple” looks something … Continue reading

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The Church is a Structure

I have always gotten a kick out of Christian bumper stickers. Ever seen this one?  Growing up, my boss was actually a Gentile carpenter. He was also my dad. I grew up in the home of a carpenter. Well, a … Continue reading

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The Church is a Family

To begin our week of ecclesiology blogs, we’re going to look at the church as a “family” or “members of a household.” I love this descriptive metaphor from the New Testament. Just think of your family for a minute. We’ve … Continue reading

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What is the church?

We have just launched a new website at LifePoint. One of our major goals with this site is to serve as a resource for the local church. There are a number of ways we are working to accomplish this goal. … Continue reading

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