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Making known the manifold wisdom of God…

Posted by on Mar 26, 2007 in definition, fellowship, gathering | 18 comments

According to Paul, the way the Jews and Gentiles lived together as one new family with God as their father would demonstrate the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10). My good friend, Maël, from “The Adventures of Maël & Cindy“, asks some important questions concerning this is his post called “Does our philosophy on the church matter?” He says:

Here we see how the observance of a healthy meeting of believers can clearly convey the gospel message to unbelievers. But it should not stop with the gathering. Scripture states that we are the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27). Doesn’t it make sense that we, the church, therefore represent Christ? Since that is the case, I would say that our philosophy on the church matters. It is not a matter of preference; even when Scripture is not prescriptive, it is a matter of representing the gospel to a dying world. I love reading the church fathers and have appreciated the wisdom that we find in tradition, but if tradition does not align itself with Scripture, we have the potential of presenting the wrong image of Christ to a lost world. We have to ask ourselves two questions: “what kind of picture are we painting?” and “what kind of picture is the church we meet with painting?”

I wrote about one person’s view of the church a couple of months ago in a post called “Is our understanding of ‘church’ important?” This person had a completely wrong view of the church, but it was the church that had been demonstrated to her. Did she misunderstand? Possibly. Is it possible that the church was not presenting itself as it should? I think so.

So, what kind of picture are you painting? Are you demonstrating the “manifold wisdom of God” in the way that you live with those who are part of the family of God? Or, does it matter?


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  1. 3-26-2007

    Alan -

    Thanks for posting this (I seem to be saying “thanks” to you a lot lately for your posts). This is one of the reasons why we are going through what we are going through right now – Brandon and I both believe that our philosophy of church does matter because, as Ma< &euml>l said: “Doesn’t it make sense that we, the church, therefore represent Christ?

    Blessings!

  2. 3-26-2007

    Okay – I goofed – I was trying to type Mael’s name correctly, but my tag come out wrong … what do you type exactly?

  3. 3-26-2007

    Heather,

    Ok… I’ll be honest… When I want to type Maël’s name… I copy and paste it from somewhere else. There, I said it… I confess… I’m not as tech savy as I seem. Sorry, Maël, I can never remember the code for your “ë”.

    -Alan

  4. 3-26-2007

    Alan & Heather-
    The code is alt + 0235
    Kat

  5. 3-26-2007

    Alan & Heather-
    The code is alt + 0235
    Kat

  6. 3-26-2007

    Alan & Heather-
    The code is alt + 0235
    Kat

  7. 3-26-2007

    Alan & Heather-
    The code is alt + 0235
    Kat

  8. 3-26-2007

    Alan & Heather-
    The code is alt + 0235
    Kat

  9. 3-26-2007

    Alan & Heather-
    The code is alt + 0235
    Kat

  10. 3-26-2007

    Alan & Heather-
    The code is alt + 0235
    Kat

  11. 3-26-2007

    Alan & Heather-
    The code is alt + 0235
    Kat

  12. 3-26-2007

    Alan & Heather-
    The code is alt + 0235
    Kat

  13. 3-26-2007

    Alan,

    Thanks for your post, and to Maël for writing as he has done. Almost sixty years in the church have left me in no doubt that our philosophy of the church DOES matter, but that philosophy must be founded on Scripture alone, not a particular theological, denominational or social bias.

    Despite the images of Australians seen on movies and TV,we are, over-all, a people who expect the claims people make about themselves to be reflected in the way they live. This is commonly what being “fair dinkum” is all about.

    As I’ve shared the Gospel with worldly people I have been grieved by the oft repeated response, “I believe that there is a God, but the Christians I know are not fair dinkum in their dealings with each other, or those who don’t agree with them”.

    Christians are the only earthly picture of Christ that the world sees!

    God bless you!

  14. 3-26-2007

    Kat,

    Thank you for the code.

    Aussie John,

    “Fair dinkum”… I’ll have to remember that.

    -Alan

  15. 3-26-2007

    Alan -

    You’ve been found out!

    Aussie John -

    Thanks so much for what you wrote – I will have to remember that – fair dinkum – as well!

  16. 3-26-2007

    Heather,

    Thank you. I needed to confess that I didn’t know that code so that I could be fair dinkum.

    -Alan

  17. 3-26-2007

    Until the community of the redeemed demonstrate a life of redeeming love then we will continue to be a sick pale reflection of what God meant when he meant Church.

  18. 3-27-2007

    Strider,

    You are correct. And, I would add, as long as we continue to trust ourselves, we will continue to be that same “sick pale reflection”. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.

    -Alan