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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    The Organization of Church

    Since these are issues close to my heart, I thought I’d repost the links of previous posts in one, succinctly named post for convenience.


    The purposeful uniqueness of Christianity:



    The ineffectiveness of typical church services to minister to, educate, and mature Christians stems (I think) from the church’s set-up. It is my belief that a church should be less of an organization, and much more of a family. The focus, the stated goal should be to build lasting relationships with other Christians, rather than try to get new people in the door:





    I imagine Christians coming into some building, be it a private home or private building, possibly even a public space, circumstances depending and singing hymns/songs to God together, gathering together, sharing a meal (the original communion), praying for and with one another, sharing experiences, and teaching each other:



    Pastors become the spiritual, emotional, and physical “father” to hundreds. One person basically controls everything-the time, the topic, the scripture to be studied. Most churches do have elders, but they hang out in the background:    


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