Looking beyond the religious systems of this world to a greater reality isn't always easy. Wayne works through some recent correspondence first from a woman who argues that our congregational systems are the only valid expression of Jesus' church in the world and deeply misunderstands the freedom that many are finding to connect as his church beyond them. Does Jesus build his church on commitment, accountability, and hierarchical systems, or is she built on the love and affection of the cross? The second email wonders if I'm overselling the reality of the new creation this side of the final resurrection. In all of this we get to talk about church views, church discipline, how real the new creation is in this age, and what does it mean to listen to Father.
Christianity Today Discussion: Does my local church have authority to declare that I am not a Christian?
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