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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Which Doctrines Have You Grown In Most? - A Response to Christian Education

Which doctrine is the most developed in your own thinking (in other words, which do you know the most about?)

1. The doctrine I have most developed my theological understanding about has to be a fuller doctrine of the Church (after taking classes on Baptist Thought and Church History with Dr. Chute, and Pastoral Ministry with Dr. Dunavant recently). The church (Gk. ekklesia) is the congregation of believers who profess and embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and God. Therefore, the fact that the body of believers congregated together is called a church significantly identifies them as an assembly and gathering of believers only. The church is called to be comprised of believers because that is how the church was established on the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord (Matt. 16:18) and figuratively based on the template in Acts 2:42-47. The basis logic goes forth in that people get regenerated, and then are added to the church. To be added to the church, you must be regenerated first. The church should then be the outlet to the world which the waters of love flow out of into the community for the cause of Christ. Churches must reach out and help others to make a difference in their local and national environments.

Secondly, I would said I have a fuller understanding of Christ (you could write 5 pages on this doctine!). Knowing his purpose, mission, teachings, death and resurrection has developed my faith to new heights, as I have been studying Jesus more than ever before. His Sovereign Lordship, substitutionary death, sin-and-Death defeating resurrection, and ascension have become very unique elements to the person of Christ pertaining to why he came to the world, why he will to return once again!

What do you think the relationship between the Church and the World should look like?
2. The church should never become like the world, and the world will never become like the church. They are contrary to each other in the spiritual and physical realms. Christ is head of the church; Satan is over of the earth (for now). The church is under the authority of Christ; the world is under the allusion of Satan. To make these two different proximities collide is essential in the process of making relevant social collaboration to do good on the earth. The Church should be socially involved in events and engagements to an extent. The church is apart of a society and should be extending service to communities in order to better the welfare of people both spiritually and physically. They should be the prime example to the world of how to love and serve others through radiating Christ-likeness.

The world, however, should respect the church and there desires to help causes for the greater good of others. They should want churches to help in important issues rather cultural or civil. Eliminating one group from another is partiality, and organizing politics, social activity, and community development without the inclusion of the church giving their opinion (not them ruling or making the policy), is not make the relationship closer but separates with division.

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