Define in your own words the following four elements necessary for a true church. Discuss how each might help foster SoulCare and greater spiritual growth: Safety; Vision; Wisdom; Power.

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      Rebekah
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      Safety is not about doctrinal soundness, but a place where people can be real about their struggles and needs. Vision is not just about numerical and financial growth, but for a church where Sould Care is provided, Wisdom in discerning God’s movement and getting out of the way and Power is abiding in Christ.

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      Geraldine
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      Safety – the word of God dispense faithfully and truthfully for the purpose of drawing people to Him. A safe environment where we can be ourselves without fearing of judgement and rejection.

      Vision: the transformation of lives towards Christ likeness, through the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit in a community that cares to grow in Christ.

      Wisdom: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is the discernment to make common sense choices that seeks to glorify God.

      Power: His grace is sufficient for us, for when His power is made perfect in my weakness.
      “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
      Not by might, nor by strength but by the Spirit of God.

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      Chantra
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      The four elements necessary for a true church are safety, vision, wisdom and power. Safety is found when the word of God is honored, studied, and accepted as the final authority in all matters to which it speaks. Doctrinal soundness is essential, free from heresy, deception and legalism creates a theologically safe environment to learn and grow in God’s truth. Vision through the New Covenant is all about the truth that the Spirit is doing something in the hearts and minds of those who love God. A vision of how the Spirit is providing movement and momentum into closer relationship with Him in the midst of whatever we are going through. Wisdom is number 3. Wisdom that comes through humility and discernment. Eyes to see the need for spiritual growth and a hunger to consistently taste and see how, draw closer to God. The last one is power. Spiritual power is centered in abiding in Christ which includes waiting on Him when results are not there and when visible power is not present and getting out of His way.

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      Our Daily Bread
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