John Wycliffe

PowerPoint Presentations.  3.0 to 3.6

3.0.  The Church and the Holy Spirit:

The Christian church was birthed at Pentecost by the coming of the Holy Spirit to ALL believers.  As years went by there was, and still is, a constant tension between the freedom of the Holy Spirit and the traditions of men.   An understanding of the history of this interaction between the Spirit and the institution is essential.  What did take place, when and why?   Answers to these questions and more.

3.1.  Buildings:

The early church did not have special buildings for 300 years so why do we have church buildings?  What is their origin and history? How did the familiar features of pulpit, altar, pew, etc. come to be part of our church experience? How do they reflect our relationship with God and with each other? Do they help us or hinder us?  Answers to these questions and more.

3.2.  The Order of Worship:

There was no order of service for the early church when they met.  They met together to share a psalm or hymn, an intimate group ministering to each other.  The contemporary church meeting has a largely passive crowd listening to a professional ‘leader’ with worship led by practiced musicians and singers.  How did we transition from the early God given format to the one we have today? The answer to this question and more.

3.3.  The Sermon:

The sermon is an integral and important part of church meetings but the early church did not have sermons. People spoke, sometimes for a long time (see Acts 20: 7-11) but the format of the sermon was not yet established. How did it become an established part of church practice?  What are its roots?  Does the sermon format promote or hinder the authentic Christian gathering as an expression of the Body of Christ? Answers to these questions and more.

3.4.  The Pastor:

The office of Pastor/Priest is an integral and important aspect of church organization and meetings.  The role and function of the Pastor is different today than what it was in the early church.  How did the changes in the role come about?   Does the pre-eminence of the Pastor promote or hinder the authentic Christian life?  Answers to these questions and more.

3.5  Tithing and Salaries:

For many the importance; of the weekly tithe to the church and the employment of a salaried clergy is taken as normal practice. Yet the early church did not tithe and did not employ paid clergy. How did tithing and paid clergy become an established part of church practice?  Answers to these questions and more.

3.6.  The Eucharist:

The Eucharist or Lord’s Supper is practiced in various forms but is generally a distribution of a wafer or bread and a sip of wine or fruit juice.  Yet this practice was unknown in the early church. How did it become an established part of church practice?  What are its roots?   Answers to these questions and more.

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