Understanding What “Church” Means in Church-Centric Bible Translation

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To come alongside what God is doing worldwide, you first have to understand it. For example, when you see “church-centric Bible translation,” what comes to mind?

“[Many] people think ‘church’ means ‘my church.’ First Baptist, First Presbyterian, or my little church that meets in the movie theater, or something like that. And that’s not what we’re talking about at all,” David Reeves of unfoldingWord says.

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“We’re talking about a global network of churches that look like the first-century context.”

Instead of picturing their church or denomination and its traditions, Western believers must understand how God is moving in the world today.

“I come from the Deep South [in the United States], and the church flavors down there are [distinctive]. I don’t have any way to explain this, except there’s something unique happening,” Reeves says.

“It doesn’t matter where we go, whether it’s Southeast Asia or the Middle East, [we encounter] dreams, visions, signs, and wonders; this is the book of Acts all over again.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


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