recently I was in a discussion with Dave Bruskus from City on a Hill Chruch. He described to me the pain staking process of knowing what hills (bill anderson pun) to die on, what things to make central, and what foundations to build off of in relation to Church. His responses were quite telling, he said, and I humble paraphrase, ‘we do three things around here 1, we worship God through teaching/song/prayer as a means to focus religious affections on Christ, 2, well call our people to a God-centered view of scripture and a gospel-centered view of life, 3, we reach out to our various geographical and relational communities as missional agents of the kingdom.’ Great stuff.
My question piggybacks on Dave’s 3 points: what would YOU consider to be the essential marks of the church and why? Reciting the confession is more than fine, but make sure you tell us why. However, I’d like to try and move beyond the more traditional categories (not for novelty’s sake) and investigate what other marks we believe are inherently necessary in a healthy church. So, what are the essential, foundational, non-negotiable marks of the true church and WHY?