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June 2, 2021 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The power and importance of corporate prayer

We all read the Bible with our own cultural filters, lenses to which we are often blind. One of the most glaring filters in our culture is how individualistic we are, while the world Jesus inhabited was much more communal. Case in point: I read recently that 33 out of 37 verses on prayer that are found in the gospels are commands given not to individuals but to groups of people. Verses such as “Ask and it will be given to you (plural), seek and you (plural) will find, knock and the door will be opened to you (plural)” (Matthew 7:7) assume that prayer will be a corporate affair, where believers seek God together. And yet I would dare to say that most of us operate in the American church as if God’s primary concern is our personal prayer life, not the prayer life of our faith community....Keep Reading

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October 25, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The church is not a building

Ask the average New Englander what a church is, and they will likely answer “a building where Christians go on Sundays.” This, Biblically speaking, is the wrong answer. The church, or ekklesia in Greek, is not a place, but a community of people. More specifically, the church is three things:...Keep Reading

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