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A Church without Walls

• Greg Boyd

Since about the 4th century, the Christian church has adopted the pagan idea that the church is to be made up of a religious professional and his audience. The professional (called father, reverend, etc.) does the religious stuff whilst the congregation sits back and enjoys the show.

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Since about the 4th century, the Christian church has adopted the pagan idea that the church is to be made up of a religious professional and his audience. The professional (called father, reverend, etc.) does the religious stuff whilst the congregation sits back and enjoys the show. As we see in Acts 2:41 – 47, the Christian church wasn’t meant to work this way.

As it is today, most churches revolve around one person (the religious professional), one place (the church building), and one day (Sunday morning). This causes the congregation to remain passive, highly individualistic in their faith, and divested from the church body. People stop growing spiritually.

But the Christian church was meant to be much more than that. The role of leadership in the church is not to completely take over the duty of ministry, but to prepare and encourage the rest of the body to minister to one another. Also, leaders are to help believers find and use their spiritual gifts.

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