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Check out the latest video from The Bible Project:
Our church worship gatherings ought to be welcoming and comprehensible to unbelievers who are present, but many churches actually structure the entire worship service around them. There is no real biblical precedent for this, and furthermore, it’s not the most effective way for your church to reach lost people, anyway. If your church orients its weekend gathering around “reaching seekers,” it’s quite possible it has adopted some of the working assumptions outlined below, programmatic arrangements that I want to argue actually turn the biblical shape of evangelism and mission upside down.
The Old Testament tabernacle was but a shadow of things that were to come. What it foreshadowed was fulfilled in the perfect sacrifice of the incarnate Christ, who was, during His first advent, God “tabernacling” among us. Since the essence of the foreshadowing of the tabernacle was fulfilled in Christ, many have come to the conclusion that we have nothing further to learn from its construction. They say we are not to look at it as a model for New Testament churches, as it has no further significance since Jesus altogether fulfilled its function. Upon taking a second glance however, the question is raised: Are there transferable principles found in the construction of the tabernacle that may be useful for the construction of houses of worship in the New Testament? I believe there are.
As a child I was taught to pray, “God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for this food. By his hands we all are fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen.”
That prayer is deceptively simple. It is easy to say, yet it says so much.
Here’s the deal: in the past people were really disciplined, read a ton, and worked out the details. What’s more, they really loved God and his word while endeavoring to serve their generation and the ones that would come after. As a result, they codified key doctrines, crafted confessions, and created catechisms to train people in the faith. And if you haven’t noticed: they did a pretty good job.
In the 2016 presidential race, evangelicals are facing some very hard questions we have not had to face before. We’re looking at a very different political equation in this election than we have ever faced in terms of the lifetimes of those who will be voting in 2016, in particular those evangelicals who can look back at previous election cycles — especially since 1980 — and understand that we have not faced this kind of difficult decision.
“Tooken” is commonly used in our home by our two boys who, for all their intelligence, cannot seem to recall the proper conjugation of the verb “take.” They can conjugate countless Latin verbs that I cannot, but their grasp of “taken” hasn’t … well … tooken. I’ve corrected them hundreds of times mid-sentence. I want to seer it into their noggins (along with about a thousand other things, now that I think about it).