I’m watching Mark Driscoll live from The Resurgence Conference. This topic of “What makes a church a church?” caught my attention, so I am taking some notes.
1. Jesus is Head of the Church. Many preach the incarnation of Christ (humble & meek peasant), not many preach Christ glorified.
2. Qualified Leaders.
3. When the Gospel is Rightly Communicated.
4. The ‘sacraments’ are Regularly Given: Communion/Baptism.
5. Church Discippline Rightly Enacted.
The preaching of God is essential, but without dealing with all the other aspects of what makes a church a church, your preaching will be ineffective.
If you don’t know what the church should be, then you’ll go out and get all excited about doing ministry, but you’ll end up with something other than what Christ meant by the New Testament church.
Internet Campus a church? No (according to MD because it doesn’t include all of the 5 ingredients)
Multisite Campus a church? Only with all 5 of the above ingredients.
What is the church? “No knows, no on really has any idea” – Driscoll (speaking of the churches he has been visiting lately).