God has designed His church with the same order that exists in all of His creation. The Bible gives us specific foundations, principles, models and patterns by which the local church is to operate. The foundation for His church is found in Acts 2:42-47.
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
|1.||The Apostle’s doctrine:||The authoritative teaching of the Word of God|
|2.||Fellowship:||The cultivation of relationships in the Family of God|
|3.||The breaking of bread:||The Communion of the Body of Christ|
|4.||Prayers:||The supernatural influence of prayer & intercession|
|5.||The fear of the Lord:||The awesome Respect of Almighty God|
|6.||Wonders and Signs:||The miraculous works of the Holy Spirit|
|7.||Together in one accord:||The unity of true believers|
|8.||All things in common:||The adventure of liberal giving|
|9.||In the temple:||The dynamics of corporate gatherings|
|10.||From house to house:||The ministry of Care Centers/small groups|
|11.||Simplicity of heart:||The joy of the Christ-like lifestyle|
|12.||Praising God:||The spiritual impact of worship|
|13.||Favor with the people:||The influence of righteousness in a city|
|14.||Added to the church:||The making of disciples in the local church|
A local church is birthed and founded by a “set man” or a senior minister who leads and “oversees” the church.
Moses set Joshua over the People.
Num 27:15-17 (18-23) Then Moses spoke to the LORD, saying: 16 "Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, 17 who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep which have no shepherd."
The local church is made up of overseers, deacons and saints.
Phil 1:1 To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons.
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