Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Don't Be Emergent, Be Evangelical.

"Almost everyone within the [Emergent Church] movement has an emphasis on feelings and affections over against linear thought and rationality; on experience over against truth; on inclusion over against exclusion; on participation over against individualism and the heroic loner. New forms of worship or alterations in our vocabulary or other changes involved suggest there is an unorthodoxy in winning postmoderns to Christ. What is crucial is the gospel, expressed clearly in the preaching of the world and the lives of those in the church, communicated lovingly and patiently in worship and witness, and reflected in the lives of disciples who are growing in Christ-likeness. Churches should be aware of what is happening in the culture, how those around them are thinking, and how best to communicate to them. They should consider if they are making the gospel clear and intelligible, and if their worship and life together honor Christ."
- John Hammett

Source: Hammett, John S. Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology. Kregel Publishing. Grand Rapids, MI. 2005. 330-331.

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