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Complete SFM Dec 2010 Vol 6_6

Complete SFM Dec 2010 Vol 6_6

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The complete issue of St Francis Magazine, Dec 2010, Vol 6:6.
The complete issue of St Francis Magazine, Dec 2010, Vol 6:6.

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Arab World, December 2010Dear friendsThis is the month of Christmas; all over the world, Christians are reminded of theincarnation of the Word of God. God revealed himself in Jesus Christ. This is theheart of our Christian message to Islam.In this St Francis Magazine 6:6 (December 2010), some articles deal with thisissue of the incarnation. Salaam Corniche shows the importance of the incarnation inthe letter of I Peter, and how this relates to our mission in the Muslim world. BassamMadany argues that the incarnation of God was so unique that we should not use theterm for a missiological approach.Chris Flint compares the CPM (Church Planting Movement) approach with theviews of those who support the Insider Movement concept. Basil Grafas describes aconference of i2 Ministries (1-3 October) where the Insider Movement concept wasdebated.Roger Dixon responds to Bradford Greer, who in an earlier issue of our magazineargued that the primitive church did not believe yet that in Jesus Christ, they had metthe ontological Son of God.Kathryn Kraft treats us to part of her doctoral research in an article in which shefocuses on the needs of converts from Islam; they need community.Enjoy reading all this atwww.stfrancismagazine.info.May the Lord give you joyful Christmas days!Rev Dr John Stringer St Francis Magazineeditor@stfrancismagazine.info
 
 
St Francis Magazine Vol 6, No 6 | December 2010
 St Francis Magazine is published by Interserve and Arab Vision 890
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OFCHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS OVER AGAINSTINSIDER MOVEMENTS?
 By Chris Flint 
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1 Introduction
Since the late 20
th
century, Church Planting Movements (CPM) andInsider Movements (IM) have been observed by missionaries aroundthe world. Many missiologists believe these movements to be sove-reign works of God, and advocate strategies to facilitate their exten-sion so that more Christians might align themselves “
with the waysGod has chosen to work.
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 This paper begins from the premise that the Bible alone is God’scomplete, authenticated and authoritative revelation to humanity, andthus these movements must be evaluated biblically before Christiansare enjoined upon to support them. To this end, CPMs and IMs will be described, and the advantages of CPMs over IMs identified.
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 It shall be seen that the two movements share potential for consi-derable overlap. In many areas, therefore, distinctions are blurredand comparison becomes difficult. Their approaches to other religi-ons, however,
are
sharply contrastive and, at this definitive juncture,it is submitted, CPMs take the more biblical path.
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Chris Flint has had two years' experience of Christian ministry in a Muslim-majority country, and is now studying for an MTh in 'Theology and World Mission'at Oak Hill Theological College, London.
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David and Seneca Garrison, ‘Factors That Facilitate Fellowships Becoming Mo-vements’, in J. Dudley Woodberry Ed),
From Seed to Fruit: Global Trends, Fruitful  Practices, and Emerging Issues among Muslims
(Pasadena, Calif.: William CareyLibrary, 2008), p. 207. Emphasis original.
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In line with the premise of this paper, an “advantage” is here understood as short-hand for “a demonstrated coherence with biblical teaching.” The observationswhich missiologists
describe
are no less open to biblical evaluation than are the stra-tegies which missiologists
 prescribe
on the basis of them.

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