In the Principles List discussion forum, answer the following two questions. Make your initial posting and then respond to two or more students’ postings.
What would you need to add in order to be faithful to your faith tradition?
This question is confusing, and ambiguous. Can you explain how exactly a faith tradition and theological distinctives are different? If you are a Christian you are in my faith tradition in my view =0) , but I'm sure we would disagree on many things on the latter. So I will default to what I said earlier; when I goto a church I'm looking for the Gospel, and not a law-preacher who spends his time manipulating people into doing the outward will of God, rather then preaching the word and waiting for God's spirit to wrought godly sorrow in our hearts causing us to desire to want God and His will to be done(2 corinthians 7). If someone has a better explanation of the question and you think I missed it, help me out.
Are there any theological distinctives that need to be represented in your list of biblical principles for worship design?
#1 I am a baptist, and we like to do the immersion thing =0) I am a member of a large church, so we basically have a videographer video tape a testimoney, and play it at the service, and then we dunk them (We have a baptismal pool under our worship stage). It isn't uncommon for me to walk in with a dull heart and mind and be so reassured by a new Christian's obedience to the word of God.
#2 We take the Bible seriously, and try to read it the way the original author meant for his audience to understand it. You won't hear very much talk about spiritual allegories, unless it actually is one. I know some churches who just seem to be able to take a bible verse and are able to make it into an allegory of some sort or instead of using the Bible they'll use an inspiring poem they found or something like that.
#3 Missional: We believe the Bible is serious about sending people out to accomplish the Great Commission. So in our service we always highlight one or two of the missionaries we are supporting. Some theological traditions don't think that in today's world that we should be, in their words "proselytizing". We send off our trained men and women into areas of the world that you can be murdered for sharing the Gospel. AND, WE ARE UNASHAMED!!!
I could probably go on and on =0)
In the Principles List discussion forum write a complete list of biblical principles for worship to date. Make your initial posting and then respond to two or more students’ postings. (Keep this list in a Word document. As you progress through the weeks of the course you will expand this document by adding additional biblical principles you deem necessary for worship.)
#1 Highlight God's...