Reimagining Church

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A revolution is moving through the body of Christ, challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very notion of corporate worship. A movement inspired by the divine design for holy fellowship. A fresh concept rooted in ancient history.

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Overview

A revolution is moving through the body of Christ, challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very notion of corporate worship. A movement inspired by the divine design for holy fellowship. A fresh concept rooted in ancient history.

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Viola (Pagan Christianity), a leader in the house church movement, believes the church as we know it today is nothing like what God intended it to be. According to Viola, the first-century church, which should be our pattern, met in homes without any official pastor. All members of the church were involved in worship, spontaneously breaking out with teaching or song as they were moved. Decisions were not made until everyone reached consensus. There were no official leaders or elders, but there were men who served and taught and helped others, thus leading by example. Viola believes that to bring the church back on track, both clergy and denominations must be completely abolished. Churches should not have buildings nor should they worry about doctrinal statements. Such radical ideas will best be received by Emergent and postmodern readers. Skeptics will cringe at Viola's strident tone and all-or-nothing approach. More concrete examples of what Viola has seen work well in his 20 years of house church work would have greatly strengthened the book. (Aug.)

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Thankfully, Frank's writing has matured along with my questions, and "Reimagining Church" is the result. Rewritten and, well, reimagined for the 21st century, Frank remains a champion of church in the 1st century. But at its best, his is not a wooden literalism verging on fundamentalism, but an evocative appreciation for the peculiar genius of Jesus and his earliest followers for the ways Way-farers can arrange ourselves to most beautifully reflect God's in-breaking kingdom. Let's face it: Viola's earlier 2008 release Pagan Christianity was a rampaging bull in an ecclesiastical china shop. Called simplistic and mean-spirited by detractors and a prophetic call for renewal by its champions, all readers had this in common - we wanted more. Okay, Mr. Deconstructor, we said. We see how you can tear down someone else's sand castle with gusto - now let's see how you'd build your own. And build he does.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596447226
  • Publisher: christianaudio
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Viola is an internationally renowned speaker and author. He is a leading voice of the house church movement, a group of believers that seeks to reconnect with the original model of Christian fellowship. Frank lives with his family in Gainesville, Florida.
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Table of Contents


Preface     11
Introduction: Toward a New Kind of Church     15
Community and Gatherings
Reimagining the Church as an Organism     31
Reimagining the Church Meeting     49
Reimagining the Lord's Supper     73
Reimagining the Gathering Place     83
Reimagining the Family of God     97
Reimagining Church Unity     117
Church Practice and God's Eternal Purpose     135
Leadership and Accountability
Reimagining Leadership     153
Reimagining Oversight     167
Reimagining Decision-Making     189
Reimagining Spiritual Covering     201
Reimagining Authority and Submission     207
Reimagining Denominational Covering     229
Reimagining the Apostolic Tradition     241
Where Do We Go from Here?     255
Objections and Responses about Leadership     281
Bibliography     307
Notes     311
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