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Following Jesus’ Example of Self-Limiting

For any major movement of God to have a long-term history, it must balance “enhancing” with “self-limiting.” Many of the major revivals that occurred in our world began in times of poverty and oppression, just as in the first century. Boston’s Quiet Revival began at a time when the city was experiencing riots, crime and poverty. We’ve seen God begin revivals in these types of environments, followed by substantial spiritual growth in the city.

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The Decline of Revival

Global Christianity faces a crucial challenge. Following World War II, Christianity grew dramatically from being a Western religion to becoming a world faith in about one generation. It experienced massive revivals around the world in places such as Korea, China, Africa, Latin America and parts of India1. But while Christianity has grown worldwide, it is now encountering a problem.

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Continually Learning and Doing Ministry in a “Teaching Hospital” Model

We can gain a lot of understanding about practicing Living System Ministry in social systems by observing how people in the medical professions deal with the living systems of human life. If we look at the characteristics of teaching hospitals, such as their commitment to research, teaching, practitioners who get involved with patients, and so on, we can see some parallels in the ways the Emmanuel Gospel Center pursues its ministry.

1) Applied Research helps us find out what God is doing in the city, and how he is doing it.

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A Growing Bridge Between Faith and Science

A developing correlation between faith and today’s systemic sciences can be greatly beneficial to Christianity. Christians need to be students of both special and natural revelation (by “special revelation,” I am referring to the Word of God, the Bible). Our understanding of the Bible can actually be enhanced by the sciences – especially by the newly developing systemic sciences – because they can give us a better understanding of natural revelation than we received from past social sciences demonstrating a more fragmented worldview.

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What is Living System Ministry?

Even though we’ve been writing this blog for close to a year now and have talked about various components of Living System Ministry, I thought it would be helpful to write a clear description of what it’s really all about.

Living System Ministry is a discipline of Christian practice that recognizes the differences between the living systems that God makes and the constructs that people make, offering insights and practical tools to help us align with and effectively engage living social systems.

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Process of the Gospel: Multiplying in the Living System of our Lives, City and Region

As we see people’s basic needs being met, we need to allow that process to mature – to ignite and breed levels of true multiplication that operate in a chain reaction over the long-term through the living system of many people.

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Process of the Gospel: "Love doesn’t mind when others do it better."

“I can do it myself!” Every preschooler wants to learn how to do things by himself. My grandson, Caleb, loves watching a demonstration on TV on how to tie your own shoes. All of us want to learn how to do things by ourselves, to assert our own independence. It’s a part of growing up, of our essential being as humans.

     
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