Mark 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.
All old wineskins were once new, however, you cannot pour new wine into old wineskins (Mark 2:22NIV). For thirty four years I have been in pastoral ministry. There have been multiple cultural shifts during that time. When I began in 1981, church plants were few and far between. Renewal music was just beginning to make its way onto the stage of church life. Slowly but surely the charismatic culture of the 1960’s merged with the status quo church culture of the day to produce a third and different culture, resulting in a cultural shift.
By the year 2000, church plants were a common occurrence. The Church’s traditions were changing as rapidly as were the world’s morals. The morals of the world began to be adopted by many mainline denominations. The world dictated to the church rather than the church dictating to the world. Old wineskins began to burst, while new wineskins were coming of age.
Some call the two thousand years between Abraham to Jesus, the Jewish Age. It tells the story of the Old Testament Church. The two thousand years that follow is called the Church Age. Some believe that the Church Age has just ended and the Kingdom Age has begun. The difference between the Church Age and the Kingdom Age is as different as the Jewish Age and the Church Age. The tension felt by many Christians today is because the Church Age has ended and the Kingdom Age has begun, and no one has told the church!
Join me in my next blog for an understanding of what we mean by Church Age and Kingdom Age.
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