004.2 God’s Church, pt 2: God’s definition

Fat Shepherds – Ezekiel 34
This passage is a prophetic message against the shepherds of Israel. It uses a lot of imagery concerning sheep and what they do, and is being applied to the leaders of Israel. As a prophetic message, we believe it continues to applicable to His people. So look at the shepherds of today. Do you see the same sins?

Ekklesia – What it is and isn’t.
This word is the Greek word that is translated “church”. We look at the historical Greek and Chrisitan definitions, as well as the modern dictionary definition. While we don’t want to dwell on literal definitions, it is a good place to start, and to see how the meaning of the word has changed over time. We are always pushing for God’s designs and pictures, so we need to find that meaning and walk in it.

How does the Bible define “church”? These are some pictures that can be gathered from Scripture.

  1. Community of believers united in faith, filled with the Holy Spirit, seeking God and His ways together, caring for each other (Acts 2; Acts 4:32-35; Ephesians 4)
  2. A body with Christ as the Head, whose members are working in giftings (1 Corinthians 12, esp vs 27; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4)
  3. The Bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7-9; Rev 21:1-4; Ephesians 5:22-23; also Hosea)
  4. God’s household/temple/building (1 Corinthians 3:9-17, 1 Timothy 3:15, Hebrews 3:5-6, 1 Peter 2:1-10)
  5. A declaration of God’s glory (As fullness – Ephesians 1:18-23; As manifold wisdom – Ephesians 3:8-12)

These pictures can be seen as united/progressive. The Church is: a community of believers, which makes up the parts of the Body, which is also the Bride of Christ (because the bride and groom are one flesh), and this “family” is the household of God. This unity/family declares the glory of God.

Other music:

“All I Need” by Enter the Worship Circle (www.entertheworshipcircle.com).
“Rugged Old Hand” by Ben Pasley.
Both used by permission of Ben Pasley of Enter the Worship Circle

The live broadcast included the song “Waiting on Pentecost” by Wilson and Macqueen. http://www.noisetrade.com/morningandnight/good-morning-happy-easter

For more info:

www.discipledrivenchurch.org

www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com

www.sunministries.org

www.sunministries.blogspot.com

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

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004.1 God’s Church, pt 1: Man’s systems

Part 1 of our discussion of church definitions: man’s vs. God’s.

What is the American church doing?
We relay some statistics that point toward serious problems.
What has man added into the institutional church?
Are these activities biblical? Necessary? Harmful?
What are the effects of these choices?
Apostle-eez Throat Spray

Please stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of this discussion.

This episode originally broadcast live on April 24, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO

For more info:
www.discipledrivenchurch.org
www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com
www.sunministries.org
www.sunministries.blogspot.com

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

Other music: “Rugged Old Hand” by Ben Pasley and “All I Need” by Enter the Worship Circle, both used by permission of Ben Pasley of Enter the Worship Circle www.entertheworshipcircle.com

003.3 The Sacred Assembly, pt 3

We conclude our discussion of the concept of the sacred assembly and the topic of unbelievers in the worship service.
The passages of scripture we are referencing are: 1 Corinthians 14:22-25, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Ezra 10, and Ezekiel 44
We explore the effects of allowing/desiring unbelievers in a worship gathering
What is God’s design for the church?
The problem of church discipline

Songs:
The live broadcast of this episode included the track “Inconvenient Savior” by Amena Brown. http://noisetrade.com/amenabrown/breaking-old-rhythms
It includes the song “We Need Love” by Karla Adolphe/Enter the Worship Circle, and is used by permission of Ben Pasley of Enter the Worship Circle. http://www.karlaadolphe.ca/ http://noisetrade.com/karlaadolphe

This episode originally broadcast live on April 10, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO

For more info:
www.discipledrivenchurch.org
www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com
www.sunministries.org
www.sunministries.blogspot.com

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

003.2 The sacred Assembly, pt 2

Part 2 of our discussion of the Sacred Assembly.  Stay tuned for part 3.

Digging into 1 Corinthians 14
What does this instruction mean about gifting?
Do we need unbelievers in our worship gatherings?
Is this passage nonsense?
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 – Marriage? Business? Neither?
The Church – a set apart people
Peter was not seeker-sensitive
How is the assembly corrupted, and what are the effects? Ezra 10, Ezekiel 44

The live broadcast of this episode included the song “Return of the Revolution” by the O.C. Supertones. https://youtu.be/yudQlapUEjs

This episode originally aired on April 10, 2015

For more info:
www.discipledrivenchurch.org
www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com
www.sunministries.org
www.sunministries.blogspot.com

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

003.1 The Sacred Assembly, pt 1

What are we resisting?
What’s up with bricks?
We discuss the controversial topic of unbelievers in the worship service, delving into 1 Corinthians 14:22-25. What does this verse mean for the gift of tongues? What does it mean for our worship gatherings? What’s an apistos?
We discuss the idea of the sacred assembly – a gathering of believers, of followers of one Lord united in the spirit, functioning as a Body.

As with all our shows, this is part of a 2 hour live broadcast. Because of the dense nature of the topic, we are breaking this one up into 3 shorter podcasts.

This episode includes the song “The Gates” by Young Oceans. It is used by permission from Chris Bradstreet of Street Talk Media.
https://youngoceans.bandcamp.com/track/the-gates

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 to continue the discussion.

This show was orginally broadcast live on April 10, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO.

For more info:
www.discipledrivenchurch.org
www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com
www.sunministries.org
www.sunministries.blogspot.com

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

Episode 1, Pt. 2: Introduction

We continue the discussion of the effects of the edict of Milan and the development of church systems
We ask, “Who makes a pastor?”
Mark has a cold.
WWJD? FROG!
We discuss Sun Ministries and the work we’re doing in St. Louis, focusing on our restaurant, Sun Cafe, and our woodshop that makes furniture out of recycled pallet wood.

The live broadcast of this episode included the songs “Lover” by Derek Webb http://noisetrade.com/derekwebb/lover-ep and “So you wanna go back to Egypt” by Keith Green. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foUH4No_SVU

For more info:
www.discipledrivenchurch.org
www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com
www.sunministries.org
www.sunministries.blogspot.com

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

Other music: “With your eyes” by Enter the Worship Circle (www.entertheworshipcircle.com). Used by permission of Ben Pasley.

Episode 1, Part 1: What is The Resistance?

Welcome to the Resistance! This is part one of our 2 hour live broadcast radio show. In this episode we discuss the purposes and goals of the show. We explore the core values that influence our life, ministry, and ultimately the content of the show. We interview Emperor Constantine. We ask, “Were you born into a system?” And we discuss the transformation of the church from organism to organisation.

This episode features the song “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels.

Welcome to the Resistance!  This is part one of our 2 hour live broadcast radio show.  In this episode we discuss the purposes and goals of the show.  We explore the core values that influence our life, ministry, and ultimately the content of the show.  We interview Emperor Constantine.  We ask, “Were you born into a system?” And we discuss the transformation of the church from organism to organisation.

This episode features the song “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels.