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A Local Congregation of The Church A LOOK INTO THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH! (What was its purpose and function? How was a congregation organized? how did they assemble? What is the importance of this precedent?)
Purpose and Function 1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. Ephesians 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Phillipians 2:14-16 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Purpose and Function 1 Corinthians 12:12 TO BE ONE BODY 1 Timothy 3:15 TO BE A PILLAR AND GROUND OF TRUTH Ephesians 3:21 GLORIFY GOD BY JESUS CHRIST John 4:23-24 TO WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH Phillipians 2:14-16 TO SHINE AS LIGHTS UNTO THE WORLD, HOLDING FORTH THE WORD OF LIFE Romans 12:13 HELP THE SAINTS (FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST).
Organization Members of The Body Romans 12:4-6a For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, Working members Ephesians 4:15-16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Teachers 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
Organization Qualified Offices Elders, Pastors, Bishops, (?Shepherds?) Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. Must be qualified -- 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9 Sees to the spiritual needs of the membership (i.e. what is taught) Deacons Acts 6:1-3 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. Must be qualified --1 Timothy 3:8-13 Sees to the physical need of the membership (i.e. visiting sick)
Organization Temporary Helpers Evangelists 2 Timothy 4:2-5 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. Has oversight of a congregation until qualified men are appointed as Elders.
How They Assembled Sing 1 Corinthians 14 v.15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
How They Assembled Pray 1 Corinthians 14 v.15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
How They Assembled Teach 1 Corinthians 14 v. 3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. v.12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. v. 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. v. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. v Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
How They Assembled Commune 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. Lord’s Supper
How They Assembled Contribute 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 2 Corinthians 9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
Importance of Precedent Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Conclusion God’s DesignMan’s Corruption? PurposeTo glorify, praise, and worship God!To glorify & entertain each other. To socialize. To have fun. Organization (God Ordained Offices) Two or more elders for spiritual oversight. Two or more deacons for congregational needs. Evangelist for temporary help. One elder, Senior or Junior Pastor. Music pastor, Pope, Priest, or Rabbi. One preacher or teacher. SingingWith voices to praise God.Musical Instruments PrayingPray to God through Christ our mediator from our hearts. Praying to Mary, Allah, or Saints. Praying vain repetitions. TeachingThe able male members of the congregation do the teaching to the assembly of the entire congregation. One man is paid to do the majority of the teaching when others are capable. Splitting congregation into classes to teach. CommunionOn every first day of the week.Once a month or year, twice a year, only on Christmas, only on Easter, on Christmas when it does not fall upon Sunday. ContributionOn every first day of the week as God has prospered and as we purpose. We are to give willingly. Once a month or year, twice a year. Must give 10%