Hicks from LU REvisioning the Church?

Ken Sublett
Ken Sublett

March 26th, 2009, 2:47 am #1

A Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter by John Mark Hicks, Johnny Melton and Bobby Valentine. These people really lust to drag you back under the sacrificial system which was the worship of the starry host to which God abandoned them because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. Lipscomb University is in real trouble. John Mark does not grasp that one interprets Scripture the way one is instructed to do. However, Peter's "private interpretation" means further expounding. The Scriptures are left as out only resource and the ekklesia is a synagogue or school of the Bible and not a worship center. He thinks that his way is the right way: all recorded history disagrees with this end time post-modern view.


Where have we gone astray? How can we recapture the wonder of worship that ancient Israel and Jesus had when they worshiped? The purpose of this article, partly an excerpt from our new book, is to revision the ancient ways of assembly in Israel, Christ, and the church that will help shape our assemblies today.

As you can grasp, the REvision is the OLD faded vision of Irael being abandoned the worship the starry host. The use of the Law of Moses as a new PATTERNISM is certainly well promoted by once-Christian colleges and "workshops" promoting truly infantile and destructive legalism.

Worship is certainly the rage these days. There are major worship conferences every year. Popular Christian artists are producing worship CDs. Dozens of books and hundreds of articles are dedicated to all aspects of worship. In many ways this is as it should bethe church should be passionate about worshipping the God of glory.

Yet, the assembly is a sacramental encounter with God. It is an edifying, enriching mediation and enjoyment of the gracious presence of the Triune God. The uniqueness of the assembly is its sacramental characterGod does something for us.
We hope to offer a more holistic approach to worship that values both the lives poured out before God as sacrificial offerings but also the sacramental reality of Gods presence among those gathered in his name.

Jesus attends the three major feasts prescribed by the Torah. Israels worship assemblies provide an interpretive lens for understanding the identity and mission of the Messiah. Jesus habitually made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover (The Gospel of John draws extensively on Israels liturgical calendar and Jesus habitual attendance at these worship gatherings. In John 5-10John 2:13, 23; 11:55). Jesus himself is the Passover lamb and thus the fulfillment of Israels foundational festival.

Yes, but only to declare that the Babylonian or perverted festivals were being shut down. None of these were the WORSHIP SERVICES of the Jewish people. And the only WEEKLY assembly for the SPIRITUAL PEOPLE was the synagogue commanded by Christ as the church in the Wilderness. It was to READ and understand the Word of God--only.

John assures me that he hopes he makes money: I do too.