When we think of the Church as followers of Christ we think of the Church of Christ. The Church which is from the Kingdom of God. That we serve in and are to minister in. It is also the same Church that Jesus told Peter that he will be the rock of His Church which He will build on. “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church;…” (New American Standard Bible, Matthew 16.9) Over time the Church has grown and developed many different forms of government. However, the three major forms of church government is Episcopal Government, Congregational Government and Presbyterian Government. Each government of the church has played an important role within the church and in its history.
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God called upon Moses to free the Israelite people and despite his vulnerabilities, Moses still conducted the task. We can all relate to how Moses persevered and he succeeded in freeing the Israelite people. The events that led up to God’s call to Moses begin with him killing the slave driver in Egypt. One day when Moses witnessed a slave driver beating an Israelite slave, Moses kills the driver because he was fed up with the treatment of his original people. After he had killed the slave driver, he realized what the consequences for his crime would be so he ran away to Midian in order to avoid prosecution.
Evangelism throughout the ages has been met with resistance and struggle, however it generally always advances the kingdom of God. Evangelicals sometimes take up causes, such as slavery, human rights, or freedom of religion. During the age of progress that seemed to be the chief theme. Righting the wrongs of those that came before, or undoing things that were done in the name of God. The campaign for abolition was spearheaded by devout Christians, and it stands to this day as perhaps the finest political achievement of what would now be called faith-based activism.
Several Christianity rooted religions (Methodists, Baptists, etc.) helped the public embark on the new religious movement. The men were pulled by their wives and mothers to join and played a smaller part in the movement then women, Women created missionary groups that would distribute the word of the Bibles (and Bibles in general.) A man in the ministry by the name of Charles Finney brought his movement to New York. His message was primarily focused on the wealthy business class. Evangelicals like Finney advocated for a Sabbath Sunday, and wanted to end working and mail delivery on Sundays. They also fought to rid alcohol to prevent alcoholism (alcohol abuse), as well as prostitution. This temperance movement caused the peak of alcoholism to drop, and was considered a huge
Global Christianity is expanding at an alarming rate, “by 2025 there will be as many Pentecostals as there are Hindus, and twice as many Pentecostals as Buddhists” according to Philip Jenkins in The Next Christendom (Pg29). Such statistics are staggering, Pentecostals are only one branch of Christianity, yet they alone will have more adherents than some of the world’s largest religions. What’s surprising, is that most of the growth in Christianity is happening in places that we have not associated with Christianity and now these places have larger church communities than that of Historically Christian nations (Pg. 29). The Church of England is now a misleading title for the entire Anglican Church, for there are fifteen times more Anglicans
Yes! Through an understanding of Christian Principles, we can repair what's wrong with America's Health Care System. True Christianity teaches us that every person, male or female of every race and nationality is an image bearer of God and in the eyes of God, all humans are equal. Here we believe that God is the government and every person is a citizen. So the government of The United States of America should understand that all its citizens are equal and all of them have equal fundamental rights as citizens of The United States of America. Paul speaks of this very thing in the Bible saying, the body of Christ is one but has many members/working parts (New James Version 1Corinthians 12:27-31). God has entrusted the body with gifts used to bring Him glory.
As we reside in an Evangelistic community we all hope to see Christians rise up and take their rightful place in the community, however this hope is largely fractured by the sin of mankind. Instead of viewing every aspect of the community ( people, establishments, health-care and justice system) as an unit created to function as one, we precipitate division and disregard issues of the community.
Whether it was as a six-year-old pretending to be a church worship leader with play microphones or last summer begging God for energy to finish scooping ice cream for the ever expanding line at the eatery, Jesus has always been a part of my life. From the beginning, the Lord began a good work in me, and I fully believe he will one day bring it to perfect completion.
There are an abundance of factors that best explain the changes in evangelicalism between the periods 1920-1960 and 1960-2000. One of the most prominent of these factors is the continuous change and development of technological advances in the twentieth century. Evangelicals utilized forms of industrial communication such as radio, television, motion pictures, and contemporary music to promote and spread the word of Christianity. With the success of creative outlets for religious teachings, evangelicals and evangelical Protestants adapted to American social, political, economic, and cultural life that was rapidly transforming across the nation and would continue to transform well into the twenty-first century.
Nevertheless, if the focus and function statements are to be strictly functional to the preacher in the maturation of the sermon, they should meet the following three regulations. Actually, these three principals are growing directly from the exegesis of the biblical text, they should relate to each other, and finally, they should be clear, unified, and relatively simple. “Bearing witness to the claim of the gospel upon the lives of the congregation requires discernment about the way that claim will be heard and received. Refining the form of a sermon is the process of thinking through in very nuanced ways how to present that claim in such a way that people can truly hear it and respond to it. This is a question of clarity,