Church as Family vs. Church as Healthclub

Life Teams Support

9780830837823Christ taught us to pray, “Our Father.” He wants us to be a family to each other. Not in our warped western sense of immediate family holed up in our houses in front of the tube but in the eastern sense of extended family sharing life day by day. In their excellent book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, Richards and O’Brien demonstrate just how revolutionary the teaching of Christ and his apostles was to those in their own culture and remains today to ours. Please consider the following excerpts from that book and their implications for your own context:

Paul’s vision of church life in his letter to Titus includes every member encouraging and instructing the others to embody the gospel in their behavior. The older women are to teach the younger women “to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home…

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