- new wineskins of church - speaking for the UK, the new churches have helped change the face of at least the evangelical and charismatic wing of the church; denominations, based around doctrine and church polity, are far less important than they were. More churches are much more based around relationship to apostolic (not always using that term) leaders and their teams, even when outwardly part of a denomination. Relational and charismatic connections, rather than denominational allegiance, are what count now.
- denominationalism and the pilgrim church - it didn't just contribute to a lessening of the importance of denominations but, at its best, challenged the spirit of denominationalism. By that I mean the spirit of the settler as opposed to the pilgrim. The settler builds a structure around 1-2 areas of truth, instead of moving forward on the journey recognising that 'God has yet more light to break forth from his Word'. Sadly some restorationists have also settled around their doctrine and practices but, at its best, it encouraged the pilgrim's openness to new things.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Restoration Legacy 1
I said in my last post that I wanted to reflect on the legacy of the restoration movement - the treasure we got from it and that we take with us on our journey as a pilgrim church (realising God has other things to add to us still). I have been party inspired to do this as I write a dissertation on the restoration movement, but that writing also prevents me from blogging as much as I'd like! So I will try to do many brief ones rather than a few long ones. So here's a quick starter: