Most people have formed their idea of what the or a church is based upon their personal opinion or upon what they have been told. Few have searched the Scriptures to see what it really is. We have churches of every kind all claiming to teach the truth, yet they disagree on many important issues. Can all of them be the type of church we see in the New Testament? I think not!
I Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” It should be obvious to any observer that all of the various churches cause great confusion. Even a superficial look at history will show that there hasn’t been much peace between the so-called Christian churches. Something is seriously wrong. In this article I want to give a quick overview of what makes a church a New Testament church.
There are at least four characteristics that a church must have to line up with the Scriptures. I will look at each of them briefly here and will expound in greater detail in later articles.
1. A proper framework
It must be founded upon the proper authority and must be operated according to the biblical model. It must have the proper membership requirements and a proper government.
II. A proper founder
Matthew 16:18 tells us that the founder and builder of the New Testament church is non other than the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.
III. A proper foundation
The New Testament church is founded upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).IV.
IV. A proper mission
The mission of the church is the edification of the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12) and the reaching of a lost world for Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
Any church that does not meet all of these cannot claim to be a New Testament church. We will look at these in detail in later articles and see what is really meant by them.
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