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Scanning Our Church Identity | Classics Series

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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in August of 2013.


It seems like you can hardly go anywhere these days without an ID. An ID is a governmental or organizational-issued credential bearing your likeness and some basic data about you (have you ever forgotten your ID card or lost it?). We also live in days where people experience “identity theft.” It is a type of injustice that leaves victims stripped of security and financial resources. However, a more common problem for individuals, especially (but not limited to) those growing into adulthood, is “identity crisis.” An identity crisis strikes at the heart of a person’s being and purpose. Media has made spectacles of the rich and famous (think: Michael Jackson or Lindsey Lohan, for example). When you are described as: ‘most yourself when someone else’ or ‘having no country,’ then you might be having an identity crisis, to say the least.

Churches have an identity, too. All churches have been birthed, have certain trademarks, and should have a purpose. It is essential to know where we came from, who we are, what we believe, why we believe it, and where we are going. As a church, we are about to embark on two significant endeavors over the next 7 months that will help us avoid an identity crisis and, by God’s grace, set us on a path towards a clearer church ID. The first is that next Sunday, I will begin an introductory series on the church. During those talks, I will try to answer these basic questions: ‘What is a church?’ à ‘What powers the church?’ à ‘What’s the church’s mission?’ This is a vital conversation at this juncture of our church’s history. The second endeavor we are undertaking is a significant overhaul of the constitution of Addison Street Community Church. A task force designated by the advisory committee and myself has begun to pore over what we currently have and craft new language and organization. An amended constitution will be presented to you at membership meetings in late September and February. The team needs prayer, and we—Addison Street Community Church—all need prayer, wisdom, and unity. Having a clear identity, divine power, and a razor-sharp mission is crucial to the life of this church and, more importantly, for the glory of God.

 

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Why Did Jesus Give the Church Pastors and Teachers? | Classics Series

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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in August of 2013.


Addison Street Community Church has had a lot of new things happening lately with the installation of a new pastor, the beginning of a pastoral internship, and the hosting of a summer Bible teacher. Sometimes it’s good to step back and ask, “Why are we doing what we are doing?” So in this reflection, I want to ask, “Why does Jesus Christ give the church pastors and teachers?”

It may be surprising to hear that Jesus gives the church pastors and teachers, but that’s what Paul tells us in Ephesians: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors [shepherds] and teachers” (4:11). Paul tells us that Jesus Christ has given all these different kinds of leaders to the church, including pastors and teachers, and He has done it for two reasons:

First, He has given them “to equip His people for works of service” (4:12a). When the Gospel is preached from the pulpit, and the Word of God is taught in the classroom, it gives Christians the tools they need to serve one another. Second, Jesus Christ gives pastors and teachers “so that the body of Christ may be built up” (4:12b). Thus, the goal of our preaching, teaching, and serving one another should be the strengthening, the “bodybuilding” of the church. In next week’s reflection on Ephesians 4:13–15, we will see the ultimate goal of this strengthening.

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