Tuesday, May 05, 2009

church is now in session

"God needs a body so that..all of humanity will know this is how God acts in the world."
"Jesus Came to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile," p. 29.

Last night in Romans class, we noted that Romans 12:1 
( "Offer your bodies...this is your service of worship") 
is the only time the phrase "worship service" shows up in the Bible.

What is a 'worship service' there?

Wherever you take your human body!

to a church building,
     to the bathroom, 
           to Wal-Mart, to the bar.
"Church buildings are sacred..." Mark Driscoll quips, 
adding a pregnant pause,
"...like everything else."

"'Ekklesia' comes from the word 'ek' (out of) and klesis (a calling, kaleo means to call)...Note the church is not the enklesia-those called in..called away from the world to huddle together in a survivalist mode....By its very definition, the church does most of its work outside the four walls of the building and scattered throughout the world..

The church does not have to be physically together to be in session."

-Tom Fuller, "Let's Grow Up! Seriously Following Jesus in an Extreme and Compromising World," pp. 142-3

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