Monday, May 22, 2006

The Spirit and the People of God

Mo has written:
1. Homogenous Church
2. Ephesians & Homogenous Church

Whilst preparing for a talk on the church for Reading Family Church, in June, I found this by Ian Stackhouse:
"As [Gordon] Fee asserts, unity 'requires heterogeneous people to submit their diversity to the unifying work of the Spirit. Homogenous churches lie totally outside Paul's frame of reference. After all, such churches cannot maintain the unity of the Spirit that either Ephesians 2 and 4 or 1 Corinthians 12 call for'. Arising out of this tension is the challenge to live true to the way of the Spirit in whom we have been immersed, rather tan the way of the flesh. The success of the church community in living this way, and not any other way, is precisely what constitutes the witness of God's grace in the world. Unspectacular though it may be, and unpopular hough it may be, it is the maintenance of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, reinforced in the fellowship that surrounds the word, the breaking of bread and prayer, that witnesses to Christ's victory in the world over the principalities and powers, and becomes the source of endless missionary possibilities."

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