Christian Model of Foresight

Christian Model of Foresight

An Ideological and Socio-Rhetorical Analysis of Revelation 2:1-7

By Allen Quist 

Contemporary Application of John’s Model

Today’s Christian organizations still require a model of foresight that combinesfuturum and adventus. We are still morally responsible to examine our past and present todetermine the needed adjustments for our intended future, just as the Ephesians wereexhorted to do. However, today’s organizations have a much broader range ofinformation upon which to evaluate their past and present; we know more about thedriving forces and trends affecting our current situation than the first century church. Wehave available the techniques and the experience to use to forecast plausible scenarioswithin our historical time horizon. We can make the best possible human choices to makethose scenarios a reality. However, we will always be dependent upon adventus, God’sintervention to provide something totally outside of existing elements and humanprojections – the promised New Jerusalem.

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