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Theological Issues Facing the Church in 2021

By New Churches Team

Ecclesiology

We came into COVID with a weak ecclesiology in most cases. Many people have been out of church for a year. We need to have a biblical reason to tell them it is time to return. Part of what it means to be in a church is to be in physical community. We can’t allow what is happening right now to permanently delete one of the core practices of following Jesus which is gathering together. This time is significant, but it is also a blip in light of eternity.

Kingdom of God and Soteriology

Right now, there is a great push for Christians and pastors to be more socially aware. To see the issues around us and speak up and into them. Evangelicals need to discover a robust understanding of the kingdom of God that will cause them to live as kingdom citizens in the world representing Jesus and His kingdom in the world. The challenge is, historically, when Christians discover that they forget or de-emphasize what we would call gospel soteriology, the idea of salvation. If that’s the case then we have to recognize that in the past people have lost that focus. We can simultaneously celebrate, preach, and teach the gospel of the kingdom and the idea of gospel proclamation.

At the end of the day, the church is the bearer of the gospel. We are going to do gospel proclamation, sharing the good news of the gospel, and gospel demonstration, with our good deeds making a difference for the work of the kingdom. If we can hold those two things together, that is ultimately what the world needs right now.

Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 565:Current Cultural, Theological, and Missiological Issues, Part 3. Click here to listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.

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