story from the field
Submitted by Keith Yoder, Founder, TTWM
Many in the Protestant sector of the Church recently commemorated the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation. To what extent is reformation taking place in our generation?
A reformation takes place as an outworking of revelation of truth. When the Holy Spirit shines the light of understanding upon the nature and ways God from the scripture, this revelation is typically developed into doctrine (truth organized in some logical framework).
Like yeast moves throughout a lump of dough to cause it to rise for baking bread, doctrine is progressively communicated throughout the Church. As people embrace this truth, their understanding, belief, and practice begin to change.
As the change progressively revitalizes the way the Church engages culture, society also begins to reflect this difference. For example, crime rates decline or benevolence increases. Reformation leads to transformation.
At TTWM, through our service and engagement with the Body of Christ, we see evidence of a contemporary reformation unfolding. We note the following revelations in the current landscape of the Church that we believe are leading to transformation:
There is a focus upon the relationship and character of oneness of the Trinity in fellowship.
As a result, renewed understanding is emerging about God’s design from the perspective of pre-Fall conditions and relationships and their restoration in Christ more than from post-Fall developments.
Oneness of the Trinity shapes how we understand ourselves as image bearers (male and female).
An additional implication for transformation is that authority in relationships emanates more from oneness of the relationship than positions parties in the relationship may hold.
Moreover, oneness of the Trinity shapes our view of all other biblical mandates (covenants, commissions) from the perspective of the first mandate (pre-Fall) in Genesis 1:28.
2. There is an emerging conviction to view the Church from the perspectives of biblically-based identity [Body, Bride, Family, Flock, Temple] more than from the perspective of its task.
3. The Church is awakening to greater insight and intimacy as the Holy Spirit illumines the imagination of believers as they abide in fellowship with the Father and Son.
4. All of the above points to the growing desire to find structures of the Church that enable believers to know Trinity Oneness more intimately and personally.