By Neil Cole
A professional practitioner solutions to questions on the burgeoning natural church movementNeil Cole's best-selling ebook natural Church defined the quickest starting to be phase of up to date Christianity-the so-called natural church. Now during this next-step booklet, he solutions questions about tips on how to care for theological and organizational matters that arise. He talks approximately matters such has what to do with funds, childrens, heresy, chief education, and rituals and ordinances. with no the top-down constitution of a denomination, even those people who are proponents of this small, house-church version fear that they're no longer doing it correct. deals a major source for someone concerned with or deliberating beginning an natural or condo churchAddresses useful problems with theology, rituals, doctrinal heresy, the way to deal with young children, funds, and different vital questionsWritten through an said specialist who's now and has been for over two decades an natural church planter and practitionerA new management community identify and follow-up to natural Church Church 3.0 bargains stable information regarding natural church buildings in response to Cole's large adventure in beginning, nurturing, and mentoring within the natural church move.
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Even though many see this time as dark and not valuing truth, I see some values undergirding the relativism that are actually encouraging. Perhaps another reason the church in the West may be threatened by the postmodern shift is because in many ways it is really a product of modernism. We have valued a linear and logical approach to truth, which is quite modern. We have tended to think education is our salvation and the more we teach people the better the world will be, which is also a modern assumption.
We need to take the Christian life out of the library and back into the streets, where the Spirit of God can demonstrate His fruitfulness and allow people to encounter real spiritual life. Jesus didn’t die so that we can win philosophical arguments and remain stuck in the pastor’s study or the Sunday pulpit. Our lives should be experienced in the crucible of the real world. If our spiritual life is not real, then it is not worth keeping; if it is real it should shine brightly for the world in darkness to see.
Church is no longer an event to be at, but a family to be a part of. Church is not a program to reach out to the world, but a people that bring the kingdom of God with them into a lost world, with a contagious spirit. In a sense, I am hoping to encourage us to open our eyes, look at a problem from another angle, and ask: If the Bible does not prescribe our current methods, can we do this better in another way? After doing just that for more than a decade now, and testing the process and ironing out the kinks, I am now putting forward some of what we have discovered.