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Life in God’s Family

There’s a true story from Columbus about a middle-aged couple named John and Beth.

One day at work, John had a heart attack and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery.  Later, as John was recovering in the ICU, a nurse came out to talk with Beth and saw about 20 people filling the small waiting room and spilling out into the hallway.  The nurse saw Beth speaking with some of them and asked Beth if they were her family.  Beth said, yes, they’re my church family, and there’s more in the cafeteria, because we can’t all fit in here.  The nurse said that in all her years of work, she’d never seen a church that responded with …

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Why is the American Church Declining? – #4

OUR PRESENT MODEL IS PRIMARILY NOT BIBLICAL

This is the fourth of a series of five posts that explain why our traditional model of doing church has failed us, and that calls us to return to Jesus’ New Testament model, that was abandoned during the 3rd and 4th centuries, A.D.

The first post looked at the U.S. Church in transition and provided two basic reasons why the Church isn’t growing, and the second post examined how we came by the traditional model we have today. The third post listed many of the ways that the traditional model has failed.

Instead of following God’s New Testament model for being the Church, most denominations and congregations have shaped their lives based …

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Why Is the American Church Declining? #2

HOW WE GOT OUR TRADITIONAL CHURCH MODEL

This is the second of a series of five posts that explain why our traditional model of doing church has failed us, and that calls us to return to Jesus’ New Testament model, that was abandoned during the 3rd and 4th centuries, A.D.

The first post looked at the U.S. Church in transition and provided two basic reasons why the Church isn’t growing.

THE HISTORY OF THE TRADITIONAL CHURCH MODEL MOST OF US USE

Jesus’ Model for the Church

When Jesus appointed the apostles, he created a model of a congregation led by a group of the most spiritually mature members (elders), which later would be replicated in each town’s or city’s …

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