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New Wineskins: Rethinking Apostleship in the Churches of Christ

In Ephesians 4:11, the apostle Paul informs believers of various leadership roles present in the church:

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up … ~ Ephesians 4:11 (NIV11)

Five roles are listed: 1) apostles, 2) prophets, 3) evangelists, 4) pastors, and 5) teachers.

Unlike gift lists found in other places (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 12:6-8), here Paul specifically calls different types of leaders the “gifts” Christ gave to serve the church. Each role was ordained by Jesus, and specific individuals were created, uniquely gifted, and “given” to fill them.

The goal driving this five-fold organizational scheme was exceedingly lofty – “so that the body of Christ may be built up” – so here’s my question: why does the traditional Church of Christ interpretation of Ephesians 4:11 eliminate one of these roles from the contemporary church equation? —> Continue Reading in New Wineskins

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Missing the Tulsa Workshop … *sigh*

This year’s Tulsa Workshop will be the first one I’ve missed since becoming a Christian.

The workshop starts tomorrow – if you’re attending and hear a presentation that I simply must listen to, please drop me a line here so I’ll know which recordings to order. Don’t worry Tulsa Workshop organizers – I promise not to post them on the internet again (lol).

Thanks 🙂

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Free Audio from the 2010 Sonshine State Experience

The 2010 Sonshine State Experience in Gainesville, FL was great! Seven campus ministries came together to enjoy food, fellowship, worship, late-night campfire singing, smores, and, of course, studying the Word at the Florida Bible Camp this year.

Thank you to Donny Dillon, the campus minister serving The University of Florida through Gators for Christ, for inviting me to participate in 2010 – it was a rich experience.

Buddy Bell, preaching minister for the Landmark Church of Christ in Montgomery, AL, did an outstanding job as usual. I’m going back to San Francisco with a pad chocked full of notes taken during his lessons. Coming from one who had his young faith shaped greatly by Buddy (back when I was a student), it was a privilege and an honor to get to teach alongside him over the weekend.

As promised, here are the lessons:

  1. Buddy Bell – “Staying on the Path” (41:30) PowerPoint

  2. Buddy Bell – “Avoiding Spiritual A.D.D.” (40:34) PowerPoint

  3. Buddy Bell – “A Little Help From My Friends” (45:12) PowerPoint

  4. Wes Woodell – “Staying Power: Christ-Centered Identity” (47:47) PowerPoint; Life Map Handout

  5. Wes Woodell – “How to Lose Your Faith: An Experiment in Evil” (41:49) PowerPoint; Class Outline

  6. Wes Woodell – “Staying Power: Seven Secrets of Fired Up Faith” (43:52) PowerPoint

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