this got me thinking about the church. so often we function like the first picture. each of us taking turns, or else just relying on one artist...the result is little effectiveness. God called us to be be like a body, each with a specific job that he uniquely called us to, and when we work in concert in the power and direction of the holy spirit, the results will take your breath away.
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From Mark Driscoll's blog...a conversation with Wayne Grudem:
In my time with Dr. Grudem I asked him a few questions that I
thought would be worth sharing. (I informed him that I would blog his
answers to ensure that he was respected.) I asked him which doctrines
he would encourage young Christian leaders to devote themselves
to studying as they prepare for what potentially lies ahead
theologically. He said that for such a weighty question he would prefer
to thoughtfully craft an answer, but did give two recommendations in
1. Scripture — He said that every issue ultimately hinges on
one’s view of the inerrancy, authority, and truthfulness of Scripture
in every way. He encourages all young Christian leaders to make sure
that deep within them is a love for and trust in every word of
Scripture as God’s perfect revelation to us.
2. Authority — He said that he sees authority as a pervasive
problem in our culture. As we talked, it became clear that what he
meant is that people profess to be Christians yet refuse to submit to
God’s authority, including Scripture, and people God has ordained to be
in loving authority, such as godly parents and pastors.
I have really appreciated these conversations that Driscoll has been having with some leading evangelical theologians. As a young leader teaching and leading 20 and 30 somethings I am hungry to hear what these men who have gone before me have to say. I'm struck by Grudem's thoughts. I have encountered so many people in my short tenure in ministry that follow Jesus, but simply don't read the Bible. There are lots of reasons...I have struggled with this in my faith journey, but it seems that there could be no more important thing in following Jesus, than letting Him speak for Himself through His word.
This issue of authority is challenging too. I really see this in younger generations, and I think we have a unique challenge of teaching on biblical authority while not clobbering people in such a way that they don't hear a word we are saying.