Sticking my toes in the waters of “Christian Archy”

Hello… my name is Alan. It’s been less than one hour since I usurped the rule of Jesus Christ in my life…

When I was first asked to take part in this project, I thought to myself, “What do I know about Christ’s archy?” My second thought was similar: “I need to learn about Christ’s archy, not write about it!”

But, what better way to learn about the rule of Christ in my life, in the life of the church, and in the world than to study, write, learn, discuss, etc.? So, I’ve jumped in… perhaps not with both feet, but at least I’m ready to stick my toes into the water.

I began blogging just over five years ago at “The Assembling of the Church.” I began the blog to parallel my PhD studies. As the name of the blog  implies, I primarily write about the church gathering together as described and instructed by the authors of the New Testament.

After writing a few posts about church gatherings, I quickly found that it is impossible to only write about the gathering of the church. So many other issues affect the way we understand the church and our times of assembling together with other brothers and sisters in Christ. For example, the way we understand leadership among the church (elders/pastors/etc.), the way we understand teaching, the way we understand the Lord’s Supper and baptism, the way we understand our responsibilities toward one another, and many, many other things affect how we meet together.

On top of all of these, as God’s children and brothers and sisters in Christ, our response to the rule of Christ in our lives, in the life of the church, and in the world (Christ’s archy) certainly affects how we meet together.

So, I look forward to thinking about, studying, writing, discussing, and learning with the other collaborators to this project. I hope that you will decide to take part by commenting on the posts published here.