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Rethinking Modern Paradigmns is Pastor Jason's work calling the church to rediscover a biblical view of the church of Christ. In our age when it comes to the church, many are adopting the approach of doing what is right in their own eyes when it comes to

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rethinking modern paradigms rediscovering a biblical view of the church jason c montgomery

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rethinking modern paradigms rediscovering a biblical view of the church

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rethinking modern paradigms rediscovering a biblical view of the church published by confessional press the publishing ministry of faith community baptist church 416 s cherry lane white settlement tx 76108 817 367-3051 fcbchurch@sbcglobal.net © jason c montgomery 2007 th 4 edition revised and expanded http confessionalbaptist1689.blogspot.com scripture taken from the new american standard bible copyright 1960,1962 1963 1968 1971 1972 1973 1975 1977 by the lockman used by permission scripture quotations marked esv are from the holy bible english standard version® copyright © 2001 by crossway bibles a publishing ministry of good news publishers used by permission all rights reserved cover design by confessional press martin luther nailing his 95 theses on the castle church door in wittenburg which th sparked the reformation of the church in europe in the 16 century.

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rethinking modern paradigms table of contents preface chapter 1 chapter 2 chapter 3 chapter 4 chapter 5 introduction wandering off into myths rediscovering a biblical view of church authority 7 9 31 63 107 111 great is the mystery of godliness rediscovering a biblical view of church confessionalism the right hand of fellowship rediscovering a biblical view of church associationalism jesus is lord rediscovering a biblical view of church ownership

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rethinking modern paradigms chapter 6 chapter 7 chapter 8 chapter 9 chapter 10 chapter 11 chapter 12 chapter 13 i will build my church rediscovering a biblical view of church growth 115 121 219 feed my sheep rediscovering a biblical view of church leadership choose from among you rediscovering a biblical view of church deacons they were added to their number 273 rediscovering a biblical view of church membership a little leaven rediscovering a biblical view of church discipline 305 325 339 355 no other name rediscovering a biblical view of church mission at your right hand rediscovering a biblical view of church purpose afterword appendices 1 southern baptists an unregenerate denomination 2 the cambridge declaration 3 the women of 1tim 3:11 4 bibliography 359 369 379 383

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rethinking modern paradigms preface n november 15 1998 a small group of believers gathered in a home for the study of the word of god this providential meeting was the beginning point for what would later become the faith community baptist church those gathered were presented that day with what would become for them a guiding principle in the life of their fellowship the principle everything in the life of the body was to be directed by the word of god tradition habits presuppositions past experiences all were to come under the examination of the scriptures for the better part of the next year time was spent gathered weekly in the corporate study of the scripture seeking to discover the will of god for his church out of this and several subsequent studies has come the book you now hold in your hand rethinking modern paradigms o -7-

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rethinking modern paradigms this book like our church is truly a work in progress we are constantly adding to our study as we discover from scripture the mind of christ constantly the church of jesus christ must be reforming it is our prayer that this study will bless you as it has us may we all seek the continual reform and renewal of the church of christ to the praise of the father amen special thanks need to be given to numerous people for making this edition of the book possible thank you to sheri hare for proofing my poor typing her faithfulness to our work is indispensable also a special word of appreciation to my fellow pastor greg simmons he is a most helpful co-laborer in god s field his helpful and wise council throughout the course of this work has not gone without notice not enough can be said about the body of faith community baptist church who first had to endure the contents of this volume as messages their faithful hunger for the word of god is a constant encouragement to me as a pastor and preacher of the word final thanks and ultimate praise must go to our lord and savior jesus christ who by his perfect grace has placed us on the path of rethinking modern paradigms or as we often say rediscovering a biblical view of the church semper reformanda jason c montgomery reformation day 2007 -8-

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rethinking modern paradigms introduction time marches on history repeats itself his phrase is an interesting way to open a work concerning the recovery of a biblical view of the church what is the meaning of such a phrase and how does it relate to the issue at hand t actually the meaning of the statement is self-explanatory time is progressive unrepeatable always moving forward never to be seen or experienced after it is gone in no way desiring to deny the linear nature of history we have all experienced at different times and in a -9-

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rethinking modern paradigms variety of ways the repetitive nature of history as well history or the accumulation of the experiences occurring within time has a way of repeating itself the experiences themselves are being relived although the players on the stage are often different the relationship between the phrase and the issue at hand is more complicated to lay out in relation to time the church as the people of god is continually changing in relation to history god s people continually find themselves repeating the actions of their forefathers for good and for ill much like the early church found herself repeating or being in danger of repeating the actions of her forefathers the nation of israel the contemporary church should hear afresh the words of the apostle paul nas 1 corinthians 10:1 for i do not want you to be unaware brethren that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea 2 and all were baptized into moses in the cloud and in the sea 3 and all ate the same spiritual food 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them and the rock was christ 5 nevertheless with most of them god was not wellpleased for they were laid low in the wilderness 6 now these things happened as examples for us that we should not crave evil things as they also craved 7 and do not be idolaters as some of them were as it is written the people sat down to eat and drink and stood up to play 8 nor let us act immorally as some of them did and twentythree thousand fell in one day 9 nor let us try the lord as -10-

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rethinking modern paradigms some of them did and were destroyed by the serpents 10 nor grumble as some of them did and were destroyed by the destroyer 11 now these things happened to them as an example and they were written for our instruction upon whom the ends of the ages have come 12 therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall the admonition of the apostle is to take heed the idea of taking heed here is seen by observing the original text for heed heed in the english comes from blepo in the greek it means literally to see and is a present tense imperative verb indicating the need for this watchfulness that is called for is to be continual just as the people of god in the time of moses failed to take heed to the weakness of the flesh cf matt 26:41 and allowed pride immoral lusts idolatrous attitudes and actions and grumbling to overtake them so the people of god in any age can by overcome by such wicked things thus they find themselves removed from the realm of blessing and under the mighty hand of the discipline of god cf heb 12:7-13 the time of moses is not the only period of history that has much to teach us or provide for us wisdom which should be heeded the period of the prophets specifically the time of the prophet jeremiah has much wisdom that should be heard as in the days of the prophet jeremiah an appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land the prophets prophesy falsely and the priests rule on their own authority and my people love it so but what will you do at the -11-

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rethinking modern paradigms end of it jer 5:30-31 in the days of the prophet jeremiah the nation was on the verge of the judgement of god jeremiah was the prophet bringing god s last warning before the great day of judgement on the nation the judgement that was soon to follow as one commentator has put it jeremiah preached at eleven and was followed by the prophet isaiah when the clock struck twelve and judgement had arrived jeremiah was called to remind the nation of its sin allow at this point the word of god to speak for itself nas jeremiah 1:1 the words of jeremiah the son of hilkiah of the priests who were in anathoth in the land of benjamin 2 to whom the word of the lord came in the days of josiah the son of amon king of judah in the thirteenth year of his reign 3 it came also in the days of jehoiakim the son of josiah king of judah until the end of the eleventh year of zedekiah the son of josiah king of judah until the exile of jerusalem in the fifth month 4 now the word of the lord came to me saying 5 before i formed you in the womb i knew you and before you were born i consecrated you i have appointed you a prophet to the nations 6 then i said alas lord god behold i do not know how to speak because i am a youth 7 but the lord said to me do not say i am a youth because everywhere i send you you shall go and all that i command you you shall speak 8 do not be afraid of them for i am with you to deliver you declares the lord 9 then the lord stretched out his -12-

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rethinking modern paradigms hand and touched my mouth and the lord said to me behold i have put my words in your mouth nas jeremiah 1:12 then the lord said to me you have seen well for i am watching over my word to perform it nas jeremiah 1:16 and i will pronounce my judgments on them concerning all their wickedness whereby they have forsaken me and have offered sacrifices to other gods and worshiped the works of their own hands nas jeremiah 2:1 now the word of the lord came to me saying 2 go and proclaim in the ears of jerusalem saying thus says the lord i remember concerning you the devotion of your youth the love of your betrothals your following after me in the wilderness through a land not sown 3 israel was holy to the lord the first of his harvest all who ate of it became guilty evil came upon them declares the lord nas jeremiah 2:7 and i brought you into the fruitful land to eat its fruit and its good things but you came and defiled my land and my inheritance you made an abomination 8 the priests did not say where is the lord and those who handle the law did not know me the rulers also transgressed against me and the prophets prophesied by baal and walked after things that did not profit 9 therefore i will yet contend with you declares the lord and with your sons sons i will -13-

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rethinking modern paradigms contend 10 for cross to the coastlands of kittim and see and send to kedar and observe closely and see if there has been such a thing as this 11 has a nation changed gods when they were not gods but my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit 12 be appalled o heavens at this and shudder be very desolate declares the lord 13 for my people have committed two evils they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters to hew for themselves cisterns broken cisterns that can hold no water nas jeremiah 2:20 for long ago i broke your yoke and tore off your bonds but you said i will not serve for on every high hill and under every green tree you have lain down as a harlot 21 yet i planted you a choice vine a completely faithful seed how then have you turned yourself before me into the degenerate shoots of a foreign vine 22 although you wash yourself with lye and use much soap the stain of your iniquity is before me declares the lord god 23 how can you say i am not defiled i have not gone after the baals look at your way in the valley know what you have done you are a swift young camel entangling her ways 24 a wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness that sniffs the wind in her passion in the time of her heat who can turn her away all who seek her will not become weary in her month they will find her nas jeremiah 3:1 god says if a husband divorces his wife and she goes from him and belongs to another man will he still return to her will not that land be completely polluted -14-

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rethinking modern paradigms but you are a harlot with many lovers yet you turn to me declares the lord 2 lift up your eyes to the bare heights and see where have you not been violated by the roads you have sat for them like an arab in the desert and you have polluted a land with your harlotry and with your wickedness nas jeremiah 23:16 thus says the lord of hosts do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you they are leading you into futility they speak a vision of their own imagination not from the mouth of the lord 17 they keep saying to those who despise me the lord has said you will have peace and as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart they say calamity will not come upon you 18 but who has stood in the council of the lord that he should see and hear his word who has given heed to his word and listened 19 behold the storm of the lord has gone forth in wrath even a whirling tempest it will swirl down on the head of the wicked 20 the anger of the lord will not turn back until he has performed and carried out the purposes of his heart in the last days you will clearly understand it 21 i did not send these prophets but they ran i did not speak to them but they prophesied 22 but if they had stood in my council then they would have announced my words to my people and would have turned them back from their evil way and from the evil of their deeds 23 am i a god who is near declares the lord and not a god far off 24 can a man hide himself in hiding places so i do not see him declares the lord do i not fill the heavens and the earth -15-

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