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Church Health in the Old Testament?

Here in the NCD we talk a lot about healthy churches.  More recently we’ve been talking a lot about emotionally healthy spirituality, a main root of church health.  Are these concepts Biblical?

One Biblical place we can find them is the book of Proverbs.  Wisdom is the theme of this book.  Wisdom is skill—skill for living.  It refers to the ability to function well in life, navigating the realities of life (such as relationships, values, and work) with God at the center (the fear of the Lord) and his instruction (the law, Scripture) guiding our steps.   In this light I think we can regard wisdom as roughly equivalent to “church health” or “emotionally healthy spirituality.”  Proverbs thus offers us Biblical footing for understanding and cultivating “health” in our inner man, our families, and our churches.

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Friday, July 8th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
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