Out of Context: Mike Breen

"In most evangelical environments, including mine, we have been overwhelmed with models and programs that are designed for local churches to grow bigger. Unfortunately, most really don't work...Many have also come to define Christianity by a set of beliefs. Churches are concerned that people know a set amount of doctrinal truth, and there is nothing wrong with that. But that set of knowledge is not Christianity."

-Mike Breen serves at Community Church of Joy in Glendale, Arizona. Taken from the Spring 2007 issue of Leadership journal. To see the quote IN context, you'll need to see the print version of Leadership. To subscribe, click on the cover of Leadership on this page.

June 01, 2007

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T. Suzanne Eller (Suzie)

June 05, 2007  8:25am

I just returned from speaking in Germany, Austria, and Hungary. It's amazing how much we Americanize the gospel, something you realize when you speak in a reformed church in Budapest where faith and violence and communism have impacted followers of Christ. It's important that we teach in context of scripture, and that we take a good look at how we allow our American view or our doctrinal views to separate us from other believers. When I look at doctrines within the our faith, I often wonder if we allowed the gifts designed to work within the church as a whole, to separate us.

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Darren King

June 02, 2007  12:41pm

Some of the posts here at Out of Ur are great. And often I enjoy being part of the conversation. But I have recently noticed some of the posts to be VERY short blurbs. I think more dialog would be fostered if the posts were more substantial. Just my two cents. In terms of Christianity being more than a set of knowledge, absolutely. I hope that isn't a revelation to anyone. After all, there is a reason it was originally referred to as "the Way".

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Pastor M

June 01, 2007  9:29am

Out of context or not, this seems so true of most churches about which I know anything. We need to emphasize mission and service as well as much more.

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June 01, 2007  5:38am

Mat 16:18 And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out. The Message. Christianity is 100% humanity in that we experience the awareness of 100% dependency on 100% divinity in 100% forgiveness, in 100% spontaneity as in Mat 16:18. Individuals always define community, community always express the " Unless two agree, can they walk together?" The chief end of man is not to enjoy God as in a sunset but to be saved as in a sunrise.

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