To reimagine is not to change what we believe
but how we think about what we believe.
If we are unable to differentiate between our beliefs (theology, doctrines) and thoughts (ideas, applications, systems, best practices), then we will ultimately be unable to defend our values and discern the foundations of social change and political preferences.
To reimagine, is to rethink, review and revise, prompted by a Holy Spirit revealed fresh-for-our-times application of the unchanging truth of Scripture. We are blessed by and greatly benefit from but are not bound by tradition. Transformation requires fresh application.
To reimagine is not to rely on human imaginations; just the opposite, it is a yielding to the revelation of the Holy Spirit that infuses human thinking with the mind of Christ which allows us to know the will of our Holy God. A unique application to our times and our trials.
To reimagine, individuals – cohort groups - congregations – collaborations, must employ the gifts of the Holy Spirit (especially prayer) and the resource of scripture.
To refuse to reimagine, is actually an act of disobedience, because we are commanded to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we ( individually and corporately) demonstrate God's will is good for all. So that means our leadership and ministries, not just our personal moral life must be transformed: our disciple making, prayer, evangelism, church itself…
We should expect the renewing of our mind, a reimagination led by the Spirit, to result in great works for a great God.
Take faith! #Reimagine
Curator for The #ReimagineFORUM
NEXT STEPS ~
1. Affirm that you need to #Reimagine... if your church/ministry/team/group is going to be successful at reaching people with the Gospel and making disciples.
But isn’t the purpose of a new translation precisely to change things?
To ask people to re-think the familiar?
To experience a shift in understanding in order to understand God’s message to us today in a fresh way?
I think so."
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Also by Scot McKnight -
This Isn't Your Grand Mother's Church
Why #reimagine? #Rethink? #Reassess? #Review?
I believe leaders need to “reimagine “ ministry if their church is going to be successful at reaching people with the Gospel and to make disciples.
Phil Miglioratti @Reimagine.Net
Not an option.
Because some of our strategies have been proven to be ineffective.
But worse, some of our systems are defective.
We have produced church-people who need entertainment to worship, think reading books is discipleship, good food is the draw of fellowship, 2-3% is generous stewardship, and star-power constitutes leadership.
We consider our opinions inerrant because we attach a Scripture when we post on social media.
Our leaders are incapable of equipping us to distinguish biblical theology from cultural theologizing. Our doctrinal statements are not infallible. And our personal comfort is not the focus of authentic Christianity.
"In recent years, many of us have seen old coalitions and old certainties torn apart. Many of us are rethinking who we once classified as “enemy” and as “ally.” Maybe the lines of division were in the wrong places all along. Those who hold to believer’s baptism, for example, have more in common with evangelicals who practice infant baptism than with Latter-day Saints who immerse adults. Those who disagree on how Galatians 3:28 fits with Ephesians 5 but who want to see men and women fully engaged in the Great Commission have more in common with each other than with those who would make gender either everything or nothing.
A new generation of Christian men and women is coming."