I do need to begin seeking the heart of God more about how these truths are to be applied to our church in such a brief window of time. I need to appeal to Him for a clarity, conviction, and power of delivery that will make His message impact the lives of His people. I need to pray over every point to be sure I'm wording it in a way that He wants. I must pray for the coming worship services and for those the Lord would have to be there. Often, I preach a message, then realize that someone who really needed it wasn't even present to hear.
During these sessions, we would explore what it means to call people our neighbors. We would explore instances in the scriptures that show us ho... ... middle of paper ... ...nd experiences. This experience has confirmed my belief that there is a need for local churches to be engaged in dialogue with people who do not believe as they do. Whether it be with other denominations or other religions, it is vital for churches to begin learning about them and interacting with them. If Christians really want to live into the Gospels and become Christ-like, we need to begin by reconciling with those who do not believe like we do.
Prayer meetings are all about sharing problems, recognizing the needs of others and praying together as a church or group to help each other. For example, when a group of Christians gather for prayer meeting, one of them might share the struggles he is facing of attending prayer meetings with the disagreement of his family. Prayer meetings are to encourage, strengthen the faith of one another and to help individuals know God more. According to Ziglar (1998), emotions can cause us grief ... ... middle of paper ... ... Christ is our savior. It is by sin that we face difficulties in being faithful Christians but only through Christ that we grow spiritually.
These are questions for many students of the Bible. How do I represent God and still reach the lost souls of our generation and at the same time feed the Believers of Christ so they won’t starve to death? Either way we must trust what we have learned to impact everyone who God has given to us to reach. Students of the Word must believe that God has given them a sermon to impact the lives of many. The main factor is we must learn to understand the basic principles of Expository, Topical and Textual preaching.
This has given rise to the Emerging Church Movement. The churches in this new movement seek to be proactive in this post modern culture. They believe that they will have reach out to people if they want them to become part of the Church. They believe that they are going to have to understand the postmodern mind set if they want to be able to relate to this new generation. They will have to know how to live out their faith through their worship and they will have to know how to keep their worship centered on God.
They have taught me many things about evangelism and how to properly share the faith. Patience is certainly a big part of that. I have also discovered that understanding opposing views is key. If I was not aware of the Lutheran faith or post-modernism, I would have been totally lost. We need to make a concerted effort to study these other views in our congregations so that we can boldly counter them with the Scriptures.
However, I think Mead explains it best when he says that the future church must be more intentional in the spiritual formation of its laity (Mead, location 919). According to Mead, the church is moving towards becoming a more missional institution that cares for the needs of the community. Therefore, oftentimes laity will be the ones on the front lines and will need the capacity to minister to people on their own without the help of clergy. In order to do this they will need more directed and intensive training to deal with... ... middle of paper ... ...t. Now I realize that the entire universal church is going through a change and that God is doing a new thing. It appears right now, in this post modern time, that God is showing us that he is more concerned with transforming lives and making his people whole.
Contemporary Music-Driven model, at its core, is about a relationship with God. It desires to connect people with God, to avoid disengagement by seeking to create authenticity in its methods. The way in which it goes about doing this is to adopt the current styles of music and the instruments that go along with it in order to give the current generation a mouthpiece to come before God with. Unfortunately, tradition has created in the Church today, as it did among the people of Isr... ... middle of paper ... ...music do not negate their ability at being a theologian. Why can a person not be equally trained in both musically arts and biblical scholarship?
The hope of these meetings was to bring a new and committed strength to the church. Although these meetings brought agreement among the different factions on such policies as what would be involved in someone becoming a member of the church and the punishment (excommunication) of those that chose to leave they didn’t fully resolve all of the issues. These disagreements in policy finally resulted in the formation of distinct Amish groups: the highly conservative Old Order Amish and the... ... middle of paper ... ...ger Diener with preaching and teaching the tenants of the Bible. 3. Volliger Armendiener – or Full Deacon helps assists in baptisms and preachings.
Discipline is essential to everything and especially to churches. In order to better understand the significance of discipline, I have interviewed a clergywoman from my church and will compare her answers to my questions to John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. I asked Naomi Passarelli, an assistant pastor of my church, many question regarding discipline and have decided to center this paper on three of them: Does your church apply discipline when needed? How treacherous must a person's sin be in order for the church to consider intervening? Would you allow a member of your church to live in open public sin?