Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Horton: Christ is our most decisive location.

I'm now in the ecclesiology sections of Horton's The Christian Faith.  Horton is well known for his critique of pragmatic church growth methods in contemporary evangelicalism.  After a reference to Paul's exhortation to the church at Corinth (1 Cor 11:20-22) regarding internal divisions over the Lord's Supper, Horton draws this comparison:

Today Paul might say, "Don't you have your own homes, cars, workplaces, and circle of friends with whom you can listen to your favorite music, display your distinctive styles, and enjoy the peculiarities of your own niche demographic?"  However, the church of God is the place where the young, the old, the middle-aged, men and women of all races, the sick and the healthy, those with disabilities and without, the unemployed and the wealthy gather to become one in Christ.  Our churches should exhibit the kind of community that is formed by God's choice rather than our own.  Christ is our most decisive location (p. 861).

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