Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mark Driscoll's Definition of the Church

Jason sent me a sermon by Mark Driscoll called "Putting Preachers in their Place." During the hour and fifteen minute sermon (yes, you read me right), he gives a definition of the church that he and Gary Brashears came up with. It's difficult to write definition that are all-encompassing, but I think this one comes pretty close.

The local church is a community of confessing believers in Jesus Christ who obey Scripture by organizing under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, and scatter to evangelize and care for people everywhere. They observe the Biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, and are unified by the Spirit for mission in the world, and are disciplined to live out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission to the glory of God.

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