Developing a Biblically-Consistent, Evangelical Understanding of Church Structure and Leadership for the 21st Century.
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Monday January 14, 2019
Topic: Understanding relevant biblical principles regarding church structure and leadership.
Discussion will include; key principles of knowing God’s will, understanding Jesus message of the kingdom, looking at how the creation mandate and the redemptive mandate intersect, and the significance of the two great commandments to guide kingdom life.
Monday January 21, 2019
Topic: Understanding the issue of “authority” in church communities.
Discussion will include: looking at the principles of congregational authority and priesthood of all believers and their implications; what values Jesus wants his Messianic assemble to express when it comes to God’s rule and human agency/authority (Mark 10:43-45, John 13, Matthew 18 &23); and the appointment of leaders in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 and 1 Peter 5:1-7.
Tuesday January 29, 2019
Topic: Implications of gospel principles for church structure and leadership titles.
Discussion will include: looking at the NT use of titles (Matthew 23, Mark 10:43-35, 1 Corinthians 1 &4); the concept of deacon ‘ministry’ in the NT; the gifting of the Holy Spirit; use of ‘leader titles’ in our context; implications of Romans 16 and Colossians 4 for leadership structures in the congregation; and the problem of rogue ‘leaders’ (3 John) and false teachers (1 & 2 Timothy).
Tuesday February 5, 2019
Topic: Implications of gospel principles for discerning who can serve in church leadership roles, including the role of women in the Christian community.
Discussion will include: looking at the creation and redemptive mandates; the principle of the priesthood of all believers and the residence of the Holy Spirt in the believer (Galatians 3:25-29); the effects of the fall (Genesis 3) and working to restore the new creation; and 1 Timothy 2, 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 16, and Colossians 4 in the context of this discussion.