Luke’s description of the church in Antioch in Acts 13 presents Antioch as the prototype church in the nations and Paul and Barnabas’ sending from Antioch as the biblical pattern for formation and sending in the church. This chapter is foundational for our understanding of church, formation, and sending.
In the ascension of Jesus, mankind was put positionally over the powers of this age. This is why we are now in a great wrestle – not with men – but with the powers. Redeemed humanity is their greatest enemy because the only thing that empowers them is fallen humanity’s humanity’s submission to the powers and agreement with them is what has enabled them to stay in their place of authority.
One thing that is consistent in Paul’s life is his willingness to use his own strength and ability for the sake of others. Paul’s body, his rights, and his privileges were simply tools and resources that he willingly used to advance the church. Paul’s suffering in the city of Philippi provides one of the best examples of how Paul functioned in this way an apostle.
In Corinthians 2, Paul states that he has intentionally decided to limit himself to one topic: “Jesus and Him crucified.” Paul explains in that chapter that this single, determined pursuit is what forms the essential element of his preaching. It is what produces a demonstration of the gospel before the people.
Now it is time for me to bring things into balance. Morality is significant as is an outward indicator of inward realities. The morality of a culture is significant because it can be used as a barometer of the people. Yes, there are times and places where we have to
Let’s take one last look at the Pharisees. Do not forget that they were the conservative evangelicals of the day. They were not out of the mainstream, nor were they theological liberals. They were fighting with everything they had for the supremacy of the Scriptures in Jewish life and practice.
We must note to that this lack of expression of the Kingdom of God has had a dreadful effect on our evangelism. Could it be that some of the intense opposition to the gospel that we see is a result of cultural clashes that are merely based in morality? Is
So if the primary battleground is not morality in the public sphere, what is it? I want to present that the current battleground for the health of the nation might quite possible be, not the Castro district, but the church. Now this is not to suggest we ignore the issues