Jesus made a statement that Christians must not forget, “He who is not against us is on our side.” This platform is not about the house church model versus the institutional church model. This platform is about Christians pursuing the Bible’s model in an effort to become the scripturally accurate, fruitful Church God intended us to be.
Also, this movement is not encouraging anyone to elevate their theology above the brother or sister in front of them. The content of this site will likely raise challenging conversations; we expect this community will make every effort to discuss their positions with humility, conviction, and love.
Lastly, it is our mission to bring the Church back to the Bible—to unlearn what culture has taught us about church and relearn what the Bible has said about Christian gathering. Having said that, we believe learning must begin with clarity. Below, we have answered our most frequently asked questions in hopes to bring understanding to the heart behind our work.
Q: What is Relearn Church attempting to accomplish?
We want to bring the church back to the Bible. We believe that much of the institutional church has adopted and incorporated a variety of extra-biblical and capitalism-like practices into their Sunday gatherings.
Current church research suggests it is these practices that are not only limiting spiritual maturity but causing millions of Jesus-loving Christians to suspend their church attendance or look for alternative options.
We hope to help educate those who have left or are soon to leave the institutional church and assist them in understanding, locating, or planting a biblical expression of church.
Q: Do you stand against the institutional church?
No. While we might challenge or even critique some of the practices of the institutional church, we believe that God is still working His purposes in these Christian gatherings. Furthermore, unless you feel God calling you out, we think it’s better for Christians to stay than to wander without direction or a destination. If you plan to leave the institutional church in search of a biblical church, we encourage everyone to discern God’s timing and wisdom in that endeavor.
Q: Aren’t your efforts creating division within the church?
We believe it’s never divisive to call people back to the truth of God’s word. Additionally, it’s our mission to help plant biblical churches who abide in the words of Jesus found in John 17:21 and Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 1:10. Unity and oneness are our objectives.
Q: Do you believe your approach to church is right & all others are not?
No. We do not believe there is “one way” to do church. Furthermore, we do not believe the biblical expression we are attempting to present is perfect and without flaw. However, we do think many of the institutional churches, especially in America, have become more extra-biblical than biblical. We hope to educate Christians about what the Bible says regarding church expression so they might be equipped to challenge, strengthen, and adequately evaluate their current church gathering.
Q: Are you part of any denomination or corporate theology?
No. While we understand the value man has placed in creating labels to distinguish different interpretations of Scripture, we believe denominations are a form of division in the church. That being said, we are a Christian project based solely on the teachings of the Bible. Furthermore, we are not attempting to create any brand of church. Our hope is to simply plant autonomous, biblical churches.
Q: How do you view the authority of the Bible?
First, we believe the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God. We believe the Bible is without error and its instructions are authoritative in all of its claims on our lives. With that said, we do apply traditional practices of biblical hermeneutics when interpreting the doctrines of the Bible.
In other words, our faculty looks at a variety of elements including historical and cultural context, authorship, audience, genre, and if the biblical text is prescriptive or descriptive in its purpose. Lastly, all of our articles and theological work (while studied in the original languages) are presented in formal equivalent English Bible translations including KJV, NKJV, ESV, and NASB.