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For too long Christians have lived the Theology of the Church. Are we happy with the fruit? We are entering a new era. A new era requires that our understanding broadens and deepens. This is the …

For too long Christians have lived the Theology of the Church. Are we happy with the fruit? We are entering a new era. A new era requires that our understanding broadens and deepens. This is the cornerstone of the Theology of the Kingdom.

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  • 1. Understanding the KingdomThe Core Unit
    The Theology of the Kingdom
    (c) Kingdom 2011
  • 2. What are the key functions of the church?
    • We need to worship and serve God
    • 3. We need to win people to Christ
    • 4. We need to make disciples
    • 5. We need to serve others
  • How do we fulfil these key functions?
    Proclaimers equip us to win people to Christ
    Guides (Shepherds) equip us...
    ... to live godly lives each and every day
    …to care for others
    …to make disciples by passing on what we have learned
    Imparters equip us…
    ...to understand the foundations of our faith
    …to make disciples by passing on what
    we have learned to others
  • 6. How do we fulfil these key functions? Continued
    Perceivers equip us
    …to test what we hear with the plumb line of truth and to be able to defend the truth
    ...to understand God’s plan for our life - our mission, our purpose, our calling
    Planters equip us to start and participate in new things …These are all types of ministries that
    serve and minister to others
  • 7. Christ gives us these equipping ministers!
    “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. “
    Ephesians 4: 11-13
  • 8. Problem Statements
    Most local churches do not have mature equippers in all of these 5 key areas
    Most local churches have a Pastor or Shepherd/Guide as their key equipper
    Many Pastors are frustrated. They know the church can be so much more and do so much more...
  • 9. Equippers are needed in all of the 5 Key areas to fully train us!
    If we are not fully equipped as individuals, the body will not do all God intends
    Few local churches have equippers in all 5 key areas
    However, at the City or Regional level there are almost always those who can equip believers in all 5 key areas
  • 10. If we are united, we can fully function
    “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4: 16
    We need to connect with those equippers in the 5 key areas, across cities and regions as needed, to fully equip the body to function.
    United, we can do so much more!!!
  • 11. The 5 x 7 Model
    The model is titled “The 5 x 7 Model” for the simple reason that there are 5 columns and 7 rows.
  • 12. A ‘Core Unit’ will have everything that it needs to function
    Is the local church the core unit?
    Few churches have ministers who can equip each member to
    1. To Plant and Support new works (equipping apostle)
    2. To defend Truth and stir people to hear from God his plan and mission for their life (equipping prophet)
    3. To effectively share the Good News (equipping evangelist)
    4. To live and train others to live Godly lives (equipping pastor)
    5. To understand God’s word and teach others (equipping teacher)
    The local church does not typically have
    all 5 equipping functions, therefore….
  • 13. Is the local church... …the ‘core unit’ of the body of Christ?
    A ‘Core Unit’ has everything it needs to function
    Few churches can fully equip each member to
    in all 5 key functions
    Few churches have all the functions they need to fully equip their members for service.
    Because the local church does not have all the 5
    equipping functions, the local church
    is not the core unit of the body of Christ
  • 14. What is the ‘core unit’ of the body of Christ?
    A ‘Core Unit’ has everything it needs to function
    Across a City or Region, we can generally find those who are skilled in all 5 equipping
    We would submit to you that the City or Region is the core unit of the body of Christ. What does this mean?
    It means the church needs to work collectively across regions to do the work of
    advancing His Kingdom
  • 15. The Church of the City/Region Is this Biblical or just a passing thought?
    There are many references to the church of cities
    Jesus, in the book of Revelation, addresses 7 churches. Some of these churches represented many congregations across the city, yet Jesus addresses the city as one church.
    Could it be that God sees the church across a region as one church? Could it be that He intends his body to
    work together across regions
    to accomplish his work?
  • 16. What does it mean to function as one body?
    Most local churches are led by pastors
    The body needs to these Shepherds!
    Too often Pastors are criticized for being Pastors and not being Planters, Evangelists, etc.
    Pastors can provide these other equipping functions by utilizing the skills of people in the City/Region who have complementary equipping gifts
    How do we do this? We need to connect!
  • 17. How do we connect, when our Communities are usually unconnected?
    “Everything rises and
    falls on Leadership”
    - John Maxwell
    Connecting the body across Cities and Regions begins with Leaders
    Leaders of this great work of connecting the body must step forward!
    They need to...
  • 18. Leaders need to mobilize the Church in the City/Region connect for the purpose of...
    Corporate Prayer
    Committed Relationships that are built upon trust that emerges from fellowship and joint service
    Deliberate Actions
    - Finding and developing methods to utilize individuals in the 5 Equipping Functions
    - Joint acts of Service and Outreach
  • 19. Leaders need to mobilize the believers in a region to a Shared Identity
    Common Vision: A unified body extending the Kingdom
    Common Values: Agreed-up Standards
    Common Practices: Agreed-upon Approaches, esp. regarding problem solving
    Common Skills (disciple means skilled follower!)
    Common History and Common Future
  • 20. In other words.. A Shared Identity is…
    A Common Kingdom Covenant.
  • 21. A Kingdom Covenant…
    This is not simply a call to Renewal, though many will be Renewed.
    This is not simply a call to Transformation and Revival, though many will be Transformed and Revived.
    This is a call to Transfiguration, we ought to become not better Church People but we…
  • 22. Conclusion
    We need to see what God is calling forth, a people who understands the Kingdom.
    A people who will Covenant together to use Kingdom principles to extend the Kingdom.
    Details here:
    Kingdom Era - The Basics