Building on the rock: a biblical vision of being church by Walfred J. Fahrer

By Walfred J. Fahrer

For hundreds of years, a imaginative and prescient of church -- extra radical, compelling, and dynamic -- was once preserved between persecuted believers often called Anabaptists and Mennonites: a dedicated group of faith.Walfred J. Fahrer offers assist in reclaiming center topics of a biblical and Mennonite imaginative and prescient of being church jointly. here's a problem for either longtime Mennonites and disciples of all backgrounds.

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Now the Lord wants to say, "You are Peter, that is, a man of rock. For you have recognized and named the right Man, who is the true rock, as Scripture names him, Christ. "2 Rock No.  .  . 3 Rocks or Gemstones? In the southwestern part of the United States, there is a type of rock about the size and shape of a baseball. It is called a geode. On the outside it looks ordinary, even ugly. It is actually hollow, and when opened, it contains the most beautiful crystals. A geode is a real treasure for a rock collector.

12 Page 46 Stone No. 3: Dirk PhilipsDutch Anabaptist Leader, 1562 But how this came to pass, and how the building of the church of Jesus Christ was accomplished, the Scripture shows us with great clarity, namely, by the right teaching of the Word of God, by the faith that comes by the hearing of the Word of God (Rom. 10:18), and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. 13 A Pile of Stones or a Building? There is a big difference between a pile of stones and a building, just as there is a basic distinction between a collection of parts and an automobile.

Those who Page 35 could testify to such an experience freely acknowledged that not all of their problems left after the most dramatic encounters. A few began to look for a further experience. As I reflected on what I was observing, I realized that many of my friends were on the quest for an "ultimate experience" with God. They were searching for a wonderful encounter with Godone that took all their problems away. Behind that quest was an expectation that they could find a transforming experience to sustain their commitment.

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