Imagine – two hundred years ago, we receive a letter from someone asking us for advice on how to set up government for their community.  We jot down a note telling them to build a Court House where people can gather to hear and solve their local civic issues. Off the letter goes. What we didn’t think about is this – the letter was from a village in the heart of the jungle.  It was written by a well meaning missionary.   Would building a nice two story brick building actually put in place the local governance that they needed?  I doubt it.   Governance is more than just a building.  

                Now, run the clock backwards a couple thousand years.  Jesus talked about the ecclesia, his ecclesia.  The early believers ‘got it’ and right away they began building lovely chapels on street corners.  Right?  Well, not really…

 

For the complete Minibook, Church is NOT in the New Testament:  http://bit.ly/dlOkBZ

 

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A Court House in the Middle of the Jungle?  Church is NOT in the New Testament!  http://bit.ly/9ZQhzs #KingdomCryer

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