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Saturday, September 11, 2010

A different view of the church ... !

From Total Church, pp. 109-110:

"[Christians] are not to think of themselves, first and foremost, as citizens of the Empire. They are 'citizens of the gospel.' They are to ask themselves: How do citizens of the gospel live? How can our ordinary lives and mundane decisions express the gospel? The net result will be a gospel identity and lifestyle in which they are 'contending as one man for the faith of the gospel' (Philippians 1:27).
"At present the military and economic might of Western nations is struggling to counter the threat of international terrorism. It is proving difficult to defeat an enemy made up of local cells working toward a common vision with high autonomy but shared values. They are flexible, responsive, opportunistic, influential, and effective. Together they seem to have an impact on our world far beyond what they would if they formed themselves into a structured, identifiable organization. Churches can and should adopt the same model with a greater impact as we 'wage peace' on the world."

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