Category Archives: The Future of the Churches of Christ

The Future of the Churches of Christ: Ancient-Future Assembly, Part 5

God is a creative being. Indeed, he first introduces himself to readers of the Bible as the Creator. One of God’s redemptive purposes is to restore mankind to the image of God — a creative image. And yet the modern church … Continue reading

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: Ancient-Future Assembly, Part 4

I need to, at last, turn to Robert E. Webber’s Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative, in which he proposes a fresh direction for the Christian assembly. He writes (p. 40), Worship–daily, weekly, yearly–is rooted in the gospel. And when worship … Continue reading

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: Ancient-Future Assembly, Part 3

Story What is the message that the assembly should communicate to the members and to visitors? There are, of course, countless good things that one might teach, but what is the over-arching goal? Sometimes we approach the assembly microscopically, that … Continue reading

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: Ancient-Future Assembly, Part 2

Encouragement Continuing in the instruction of the author of the Hebrews, we read – (Heb 10:24-25 ESV)  24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  25 not neglecting to meet together, as … Continue reading

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: Ancient-Future Assembly, Part 1

We’ve been so caught up in the worship wars over style that we’ve nearly forgotten that worship should be built on a theology of the assembly. And one of the colossal errors that many churches make is to overlook what … Continue reading

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: On Congregational Autonomy, Part 2

As Americans, the idea of valuing accountability and submission is entirely foreign. We are strong believers in self-determination, independence, and freedom — defining “freedom” as freedom from anyone else’s control. But this is not the New Testament concept of freedom. … Continue reading

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: On Congregational Autonomy, Part 1

Historically, the Churches of Christ have confused autonomy with isolation. Indeed, the thought of a congregation being accountable to another congregation in any meaningful sense is considered heresy. And I must say, I find little appeal in the Methodist model, … Continue reading

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: Generic Evangelicalism

Most readers will know this, but I need to explain this for those who aren’t familiar with the Christian world outside the Churches of Christ. “Evangelistic” means “tries to convert the lost to Jesus.” You knew that, of course. “Evangelical” … Continue reading

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: Dealing with the Numbers

Let’s think about the statistics we discussed a couple of posts ago. At the current rate of decline — assuming no acceleration — the Churches of Christ will hit zero members in 121 years. But, of course, for at least … Continue reading

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: Core Values of a Church in Decline

Appropriate to the last post opf this series, Perry Noble has posted an article on the core values of a church in decline. Here are the first three – #1 – Laziness – Most people/churches are not “stuck” or in … Continue reading

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