Simon Chan is a member of a Pentecostal fellowship not typically known for formal liturgy, earning an introduction by CHRISTIANITY TODAY as possibly "the world's most liturgically-minded Pentecostal," a seemingly self-contradictory description. But as a Pentecostal with an appreciation for traditional forms of liturgy, he brings an interesting perspective to the discussion over what must be learned and unlearned as we carry out God's mission in the world.
In some ways, Chan rejects modern attempts to "re-think" the church, and to adapt it to contemporary contexts. But, if he's right, his call to ground our thinking about the Church in proper Trinitarian theology could, itself, help us do exactly that: re-think the church.
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SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22:34–40; John 14; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34; Ephesians 1:3–4, 22–23; Philippians 2:1–18; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Revelation 13:8
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: We must understand the true nature of the church.
—Teaching point two: We must understand the true mission of the Trinity.
—Teaching point three: We must appreciate the true nature of liturgy.
• Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• The Mission of the Trinity, interview by Andy Crouch (CHRISTIANITY TODAY, June 2007, 5 printed pages)
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