A Church that Files:
A New Call to Restoration

Synopsis:

A Church that FliesThe earliest pioneers of flight imagined that they would fly with the birds when they learned to fly like the birds. So, slavishly copying the bird’s form (flapping wings), they tried to achieve the bird’s function (flight).

We all want a church that flies. What we long for is a church today that soars with the same power and effectiveness as the church of the first century. But we don’t need to build a better “flapper”—more accurate, more true to scale, more meticulously imitative of the early church model. Rather, we need to build a church for today that is sensitive to the same “aerodynamic principles” that lifted the church in the first century world, whether we end up looking like that church or not.

The church that results will not be dressed in first-century culture and attitudes. It will not meet in catacombs or adopt the worship patterns of the synagogue. It will not insist on recreating every facet of ancient church life and practice.

But maybe, just maybe, it will fly. 

Suggested Schedule:

Day

Session

Time

Title

Fri pm

1

7:00-8:00

A Church that Flies

 

 

8:00-8:30

Group Discussion

Sat am

2

8:30-9:00

Form and Function

 

3

9:00-10:00

The Seven Functions of God’s Church

 

 

10:00-10:30

Group Discussion

 

 

10:30-10:45

Break

 

4

10:45-11:15

First Things First

 

 

11:15-11:45

Group Discussion

Sat pm

 

11:45-1:00

Lunch Break

 

5

1:00-1:30

The Problem with Forms

 

 

1:30-2:00

Group Discussion

Sun am

6

Class

Change and Faithfulness

 

7

Sermon

A God for All Generations


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