Driscoll & Chester on Missional Church

I have just come across some fantastic material from the Redeem Cities Conference a couple of months ago, thanks to my brother Rich, and I thought I would share it on the blog. It is worth keeping in mind that the talks were spoken to a crowd of majority pastors and church planters but I think there are many lessons in there for Christian men and women in any role within a local church. I was particularly struck by Mark Driscoll’s first session on the four vital components of church – Reformed Theology, Complementarian Relationships, Spirit Filled Lives and Missional. He unpacks it very well indeed.

Then Tim Chester speaks about the way mission should happen in churches from 1 Peter 2. Evangelism is not first and foremost an exercise that brings non-Christians back to church, but rather Christians living holy lives to the glory God outside of the church meeting.

Anyway, they are brilliant lectures. Watch them if you can.

Mark Driscoll

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/17671500″>Redeem Cities 2010: Mark Driscoll Session 1</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/newfrontiers”>Newfrontiers</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

Tim Chester

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/17918004″>Redeem Cities 2010: Tim Chester Session 4</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/newfrontiers”>Newfrontiers</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>


One response to this post.

  1. Hey bro! I hope Preston is treating ya well. It’s great to see that you’re still blogging. I’ve been on a hiatus for quite a while 🙂

    Thanks for mentioning this conference that Driscoll and Chester did. It’s helpful to know what’s going on. Please, keep in mind that neither of them are using the term “Reformed” properly. By simply looking at the chart, it’s clear that they are confining Reformed theology to doctrines of salvation, or the “Five Points of Calvinism”.

    Genuine Reformed theology, however, includes the doctrines of sanctification and Christian life (being “Spirit filled”), the methods of mission (“missional”), and speaks to gender roles (“complementarianism”). Those doctrines, as expressed in the confessions and catechisms, are part and parcel of what it means to be Reformed. It cannot be reduced to “five points”. Furthermore, “Reformed charismatic” is an oxymoron.


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