Category Archives: Pauline Epistles Course

Paul’s Concept of Establishing Churches

Unit 1: Issue 1 – Project 1

Paul’s Concept of Sterizo

            The word sterizo is Greek (according to Strong’s Numbers) for: set fast, that is, (literally) to turn resolutely in a certain direction, or (figuratively) to confirm: – fix, establish, steadfastly set, strengthen.  Similar to (and seems to be a verbish version of) stereos which is: steadfast, strong, sure.  Paul uses this word in a few different verses throughout his letters, of which I will annotate shortly.  He uses the word mostly to describe the establishment process of churches he describes/addresses in these letters.  The use of the word sterizo is very definitive of his strategy which I will discuss in the next section.  Paul is very quick to act and has little time to waste in carrying out the task at hand: making disciples of all nations; the Great Commission. Read the rest of this entry

Necessary Qualities and Skills of a Church Planting Team

Unit 5: Issue 3 – Project 1

Quality of Leadership

I’d like to first preface this project with a definition of what context the different qualities and skills needed for a church plant will take place in.

When you start off as a church chances are you won’t have any biblically qualified elders or deacons yet (although legally in the U.S. you have to have elders to be recognized as a church).  So to simply define the qualities and skills of a church planting team to be the same things that qualify an elder or deacon would be somewhat erroneous.  Instead let’s look at what a church needs to thrive in its beginning stages.  In Issue 1 of this Unit 5, I discussed a basic definition for a “healthy” church.  With that definition came a process that the church should go through leading up to living it out.  That process is the context for these qualities and skills we will be discussing here. Read the rest of this entry

Establishing a Local Church

Unit 5: Issue 1 – Project 1

“Fully Established”

This is a term that I have really struggled with through the duration of this course.  What does it mean to be “fully established” as a church; or, for that matter, what does it even mean to “fully establish” a church?  What can or should the process look like?  I understand that there are sort of four phases to planting a church.  (1) A beachhead of believers is gathered.  (2) That group is consecrated to be a church and is discipled and developed as such.  (3) From within that group should arise leaders to take ownership of it and help to lead the congregation into living out the gospel in unity as one family unit.  (4) But here lies the mysterious: “fully establish” the church.  I get that Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus were his final words on fully establishing the churches at that time, and that we can draw from them principles to base qualifications of a fully established church on.  But I realize now that those qualifications in-and-of-themselves do not distinguish a church that is not fully established from a church that is.  They can be indicators in the process of determining that; but a fully established church should not be determined as such on any particular set of guidelines per se. Read the rest of this entry

Core Normative Household Guidelines And Implications For The Church Of The 21st Century

Unit 4: Issue 1 – Project 1

Leaders

Office of Deacon Established –

Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. – Acts 6:3-5 Read the rest of this entry