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Posted by on Mar 22, 2009 in personal | 5 comments

March 2009 – Ecclesiology Seminar
In March 2009, I and some of my friends had the opportunity to present a seminar on the topic of the church at Bethel Hill Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC. We called this seminar “Developing a Biblical Ecclesiology”. There were two sessions and a panel discussion.

Session 1 – The Church as Family
Download audio file: Session 1 – The Church as Family (40 MB mp3)
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Session 2 – Understanding the Church from Scripture
Download audio file: Session 2 – Understanding the Church from Scripture (39 MB mp3)
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Session 3 – Panel Discussion
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April 2008 – Ecclesiology Lecture
In April 2008, I had the opportunity to present a guest lecture on the topic of the church. I also called this lecture “Developing a Biblical Ecclesiology”. The information in this lecture is similar to the seminar above, but presented in a slightly different format.

Download audio file: Developing a Biblical Ecclesiology (52 MB mp3)
Download outline: Developing a Biblical Ecclesiology (50 KB pdf)

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5 Comments

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  1. 3-22-2009

    Thanks Alan, for putting this online so quickly. Downloading the files as I type…

  2. 3-23-2009

    Alan,

    I simply want to confirm Arthur’s comment. It is greatly appreciated.

  3. 3-23-2009

    Alan,

    Thank you for making this material available for those of us who live far from N.C. I spent much of the day listening to the seminar, as I worked.

    I’m sure you know that many “churches” do not even faintly resemble what we find in Scripture. I am at a loss to even know what to call these groups. (For lack of anything better, I refer to them as religious organizations.)

    Personally, I have never seen or been part of any group to which the term family could be applied. I hesitate to give real life examples, but since I know no one where I live who reads this blog – At the last IC we attended, a few people were accepted, but many were on the fringes.

    Most new people were not accepted, and did not stay. One needed certain qualities to be accepted. A good example – Two new couples. One couple – both were doctors, one a medical doctor, and the other an internationally known scientist. The other couple – both were minorities, one a housewife and the other a laborer.

    Guess which couple was immediately accepted? Which couple had a crowd around them after the “service”? Which couple received numerous dinner and party invitations? The other couple stood on the other side of the church steps and were ignored by everyone except me and my wife.

    At a meeting of all church staff and most of the leadership, I pointed out that this happened much of the time. One staff member pounded the table and shouted that we should “cut the dead wood”. Another staff member shouted “Amen” and “Preach it brother”.

    I really wish I was making this up. That was not an isolated incident in that group, but represented a pattern. That was not a family. Yes, there were cliques, but cliques do not a family make.

  4. 3-27-2009

    Alan,

    Finally got to listen to the first session, on my way to the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Outstanding. Looking forward to parts 2 and 3 on my way to Grand Rapids and back tomorrow!

    (If I am listening to recordings from one conference while driving to another, does that mean I may have a problem?)

  5. 3-27-2009

    Arthur,

    I’m looking forward to hearing your comments on the seminar sessions.

    -Alan