Thu. Mar 4th, 2021

Paul Mennon

A STUDY IN CONTRASTS: THE NEW TESTAMENT AND TODAY’S CHURCH

| THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH | THE CHURCH OF TODAY
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LOCATION | Moved from House to House | Meets in Church
| | Buildings
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SIZE OF GROUPS | Small, Intimate Groups | Large, Impersonal
| | Groups
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ACTIVITIES | Daily Fellowship | Weekly Worship
| | Services
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SUPPORT SYSTEM | Building Up One Another | Problem? See the
| | Pastor
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RELATIONSHIPS | Intimate; Helping One Another | Remote; Little
| | Transparency
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DISCIPLING | “Mouth To Ear” Modeling | Classes, Notebooks;
| Personal Values Shaped | Little Modeling;
| | Values Not Shaped
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PRIMARY TASKS OF | Every Believer Equipped To Do | Directing the “Program
LEADERS | The Work of the Ministry | Base Design”
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PRAYER LIFE | Hours Daily; Heavy Emphasis | Individual Choice;
| | Limited
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PASTOR’S DUTY | Model the Life of a Believer | Preach Good Sermons
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EXPECTATIONS OF | Ministering to Others; Total | Attendance; Tithing;
MEMBERS | Servanthood and Stewardship | Work in the “Programs”
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PERSPECTIVE | Cell Groups the Focal Point | Congregation the Focal
| | Point
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KEY WORDS | “Go and Make Disciples” | “Come Grow with Us”
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TEACHINGS | Apply the Scriptures to Needs | Subscribe to the
| and Relationships | Distinctive Beliefs of
| | this Church
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SPIRITUAL GIFTS | Regularly Exercised by All | Either Downplayed or
| Believers to Build up Others | Often Used as a
| in the Cell Group Gatherings | “Crowd-Pleaser” in
| | Public Services
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COMMITMENT | To Increase the Kingdom; | To Enlarge the
| Unity, Body, Life | Institution;
| | Uniformity
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EVALUATION TEST | “How You Serve” | “What You Know”
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SOURCE FOR SECURING| Servant Workers Developed; | Trained, Professional
STAFF | Tested Before They are Set | Clergy
| Apart for Ministry Within |
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