02 September 2009

15 Theses by Wolfgang Simson (Part 3)

3. The Third Reformation.

In rediscovering the gospel of salvation by faith and grace alone, Luther started to reform the Church through a reformation of theology. In the 18th century through movements like the Moravians there was a recovery of a new intimacy with God, which led to a reformation of spirituality, the Second Reformation. Now God is touching the wineskins themselves, initiating a Third Reformation, a reformation of structure.

4. From Church-Houses to house-churches

Since New Testament times, there is no such thing as "a house of God". At the cost of his life, Stephen reminded unequivocally: God does not live in temples made by human hands. The Church is the people of God. The Church, therefore, was and is at home where people are at home: in ordinary houses. There, the people of God:

  • Share their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit,
  • Have "meatings," that is, they eat when they meet,
  • They often do not even hesitate to sell private property and share material and spiritual blessings,
  • Teach each other in real-life situations how to obey God's word, dialogue, not professor-style,
  • Pray and prophesy with each other, baptize, `lose their face' and their ego by confessing their sins,
  • Regaining a new corporate identity by experiencing love, acceptance and forgiveness.

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