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A VISION FOR BIBLICAL CHURCH

Updated: Jan 18


If Jesus were to plant a Church in your local area, what might that look like? Thankfully, we don't have to wonder long about this question because the book of Acts provides us with a pretty clear picture of what the first century Church was like. Yes. The very same one established by Christ and His disciples. So what was the early Church like and what made it so special? Since the book of Acts is merely a model for us to follow, we can be certain that the same characteristics that so defined the early Church should likewise be present in every New Testament Church, regardless of time and place. As such, here are just a few of those characteristics for our consideration:


1. THE WORD OF GOD IS HELD IN SUPREME RESPECT AND GOVERNS EVERY AREA OF LIFE (2 Tim. 3: 16-17; 2 Tim. 2:15; Heb. 4:12)


2. FERVENT PRAYER IS THE LIFESTYLE OF EVERY MEMBER (Mat. 26:41; Jas. 5:16; 1 Thes. 5:17)


3. MEMBERS FAST OFTEN FOR MEN'S SOULS (Act. 13:3; 2 Cor. 11:27)


4. INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP IS PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE WEEK BETWEEN ALL MEMBERS (Act. 2:46)


5. A LOVE FOR GOD AND MAN ARE PLAINLY VISIBLE (Gal 4:14; 2 Cor. 13:12)


6. THERE IS A HEALTHY FEAR OF GOD IN THE ASSEMBLY (Act. 5:11; 1 Tim. 5:20)


7. EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO BE BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT AND OPERATING IN THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS (Luk. 24:49; Act. 19:1-6; 1 Cor. 14:26)


8. EVANGELISM IS THE PRACTICE OF EVERY MEMBER (Act. 28:31; 2 Tim. 4:2)


9. EVERYONE IS CHARITABLE AND GIVING. NO ONE CLAIMS EXCLUSIVE OWNERSHIP TO MATERIAL POSSESSIONS SINCE THEY BELONG TO GOD ANYWAY (Act. 2:45)


10. NO TITHES AND OFFERINGS. INSTEAD, DONATIONS FOR POOR PEOPLE ARE COLLECTED (1 Cor. 16:2-3)


11. NO WOMAN PASTORS (1 Tim. 2:12)


12. NO ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED (Rom. 11:21-22)


13. HOUSE CHURCH ONLY (Acts 12:12; Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15)


14. PASTORS MEET ALL BIBLICAL REQUIREMENTS (1 Tim. 3; Tit. 1)


15. CHURCH DISCIPLINE IS IMPLEMENTED--SERIOUS SIN WHERE PEOPLE ARE UNWILLING TO REPENT RESULTS IN EXCOMMUNICATION SO THAT THE CONGREGATION STAYS PURE. BUT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO COME BACK AFTER BEING HUMBLED AND REPENTANT (1 Cor. 5)


16. FULL ACCOUNTABILITY BETWEEN MEMBERS (Eph. 5:21)


17. NO PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT--EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT (Mat. 23:8; Act. 10:34; Gal. 3:28; Jas. 2:2-6)


18. NO IMMODEST WOMEN OR MEN (1 Tim. 2:9)


19. NO FLASHY CLOTHING INDICATIVE OF WORLDLINESS AND THE PURSUIT OF STATUS (1 Tim. 2:9-10; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:16)


20. PASTOR/LEADERSHIP IS OPEN TO CORRECTION (1 Pet. 5:5)


21. THE TEACHINGS ARE SUPER CONVICTING AND LIFE CHANGING, YET NOT HARSHLY PREACHED (Eph. 4:15)


22. CORRECTION COMES WITH GENTLENESS AND MEEKNESS, UNLESS A SHARP REBUKE IS REQUIRED! (Gal. 6:1; 1 Tim. 5:20)


23. NO SUGAR-COATED TEACHING (2 Tim. 4:2)


24. NO FACE COVERING RESTRICTIONS OR COVID VACCINE MANDATES (THIS IS IN THE PIPELINE FOR MOST CHURCHES)


25. ALL ARE REQUIRED TO LIVE HOLY, AND HELP IS AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING


26. THE FELLOWSHIP IS INTIMATE, VERY FUN AND LOVING, YET VERY SERIOUS! (Ecc. 3:1, 4)


Note: To learn more about how the New Testament defines Church, and to better appreciate all of its biblical features and characteristics, please refer to my detailed article teaching on this subject (located here).



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