An “Ephesian Moment”

My hometown church, El Toro Baptist Church International, has carried on a tradition that most conventional churches do not follow.  After every service, we have a potluck dinner together. It’s our fellowship, communion.

Jesus is frequently eating and drinking in the Bible.  You can tell a man by the company he keeps.  So what does it say when Jesus breaks bread with tax collectors, Gentiles, and sinners as willingly as the Filipinos at ETBCI do with each other?

It’s all about fellowship, communion.

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Whether it be Jesus embracing the leper, or a Filipino church embracing the rare Caucasian visitor, communing with the perceived “outsider” is what Christianity is all about.  Today the cultures within Christianity vary so much that it is easy for one group to be exclusive instead of loving without bounds as Jesus preached.

From the beginning of Christianity, there was a butting of heads between two major cultures: traditional Jew and Hellenistic Gentile.  In Ephesians 2 these cultures put aside their differences to share knowledge of Christ.  In  The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History: Studies in Transmission and Appropriation of Faith, Andrew Walls calls this an “Ephesian Moment.”

The Ephesian Moment was a communion between different cultures where bonds through Christ were solidified.  At the “meal table” where Christ was shared, Jew and Gentile were reconciled.  Though he was not there in person, Jesus “made the two groups one and destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility… His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross” (Ephesians 2: 14-16)

This final project will apply Walls’s concept of the Ephesian Moment not to ancient Christianity, but the Christianity of today, where culture–in general and different subcultures specifically– seems to spawn conflict in the church.

C l i c k   p i c t u r e s   t o   n a v i g a t e

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Blurred Lines

The lines between subcultures in the one body of Christ should be blurred.

Going Global & Christianization

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Though Christianity today may seem dominated by Western culture, its reach is global and includes cultures that seem too foreign to relate to.

SxE & Spirituality

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Spirituality can still be found in even the most ungodly subcultures.

Blind Certainty

Blind Certainty

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It takes rejecting blind certainty to consider an “outsider” your brother in Christ.

Hip Christianity

Hip Christianity

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Culture within Christianity shouldn’t be the driving force of faith.  It at least helps.

Preaching & Culture

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The story of the Gospel is a story for everyone, and when preached it can resound in any person’s individual culture: their day-to-day reality and their consumption and practice of cultural norms.

#JesusCrisis

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While technology and the media are arguably the techne of culture, what role does it have in exposing and blending cultures in Christianity?

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Concluding thoughts.

Reflection

Reflection

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