Mark 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wine skins. 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.
Kingdom Age ecumenism looks different from the Church Age ecumenism. Kingdom Age ecumenism could care less what brand of Christianity a person hails from. Instead, what matters is the heart. Is there a heart connection to other Christians? The Kingdom Methodist may feel closer to the Kingdom Catholic than he might to another Methodist. Kingdom trumps denomination.
Evangelism looks different as well. The days of the Four Spiritual Laws and the Roman Road are over. They may have been new wine skin tools at one time, but they have grown old and ineffective. The same is true with even the short lived mega church trend and the large revival meetings of the past. They worked in their day, but a new day (age) has dawned.
A friend told me what his church did during a local festival. The friend’s city celebrated its culture with a marathon, outdoor music festivals, parties and celebrations. There was much drinking, milling around, dancing, jogging, and general partying. There were booths in the downtown area that hawked all kinds of ideologies as well as food, drink, pottery and tee shirts. The Church Age might have approached the week of celebration by asking how Christians could share the gospel with the unsaved. They might pass out tracts or wear tee shirts sporting the gospel message and so on. The friend’s church, however, set up a booth that advertised Dream Interpretation & Destiny Readings . This was a Kingdom Age approach for entering the lives of others by catering to their interests and needs. My friend shared how God opened quite a few deep and personal conversations with attendees that would never have happened if they had simply handed out tracts.
Our church is trying to move into the Kingdom Age as well. We have offered, gratis, our building to a new church plant to use on Sunday evenings (their preferred time) while our congregation meets on Sunday mornings (our preferred time). The evening church in turn has made available to our congregation a new, state of the art sound system. This was not part of the deal. This was just what happens when Kingdom groups share their lives with each other. The other pastor and I meet weekly, our churches swap musicians, we do inner healing ministry together, as well as the blessing of homes. The interchange of ideas, prayer, and ministry has been lively, entertaining, and incredible. There is, by far, a greater generosity between the two groups of believers than there often was among churches within my former denomination during the Church Age.
Blessings, Scott Davis +