Short Talk

Gospel Instinct: The Danger and Usefulness of Structures and Models

Date recorded: 25 May 2014 | Speaker: Jonny Woodrow | Event: ELF Workshop
Gospel Instinct: The Danger and Usefulness of Structures and Models
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Description

Christian leaders want to get the job done. This leads many of us to pragmatism. We also want to know what the authentic gospel lifestyle looks like in the 21st century. Pragmatists looking for authentic expressions of Christianity and discipleship can tend to look to church planting models or evangelistic systems to find the ideal structures that will deliver the authentic and contagious Christian life. This can lead to idealism, which can divide the wider church. It also can lead to the emergence of leaders who operate by models and systems yet lack the gospel instinct to adapt and know what is needed. There is no system in the New Testament. Instead the New Testament presents us with a radical Christology and the doctrine of a believer’s union with Christ. Jesus himself is authentic Christianity for us.