"The popular theory in modern religious circles is that the Bible gives no standard of church government. Many modern scholars actually argue that there are various forms of church government taught in the New Testament.
However, scripture, history, prophecy, and reason lead to a singular conclusion: the ancient congregations of Christ each had a plurality of officers called bishops, elders, or pastors. This system provides a number of blessings to the congregation . These themes are explored in detail in this fourth installment in the series: "The Road to Scriptural Church Government" by Evangelist Clinton De France.
One of the most challenging questions, when considering the biblical pattern for church government, is the proper system of church function in the absense of elders. In this lesson, we explore what the Bible says on that subject. Our conclusion is that the pattern for church function in the absense of elders is itself a plan to develop and prepare for elders. This plan comes through the cultivation of a relationship of respect and responsibility between the members of the congregation - a relationship that we call "The Church Family."
The congregation in Tulsa is in the process of eldership development. Our prayer is to reach the Biblical ideal of scriptural elders as soon as possible. To that end, we are studying through the fundementals of church government and organization. This sermon is the first in the series.
The foundation of any accurate understanding of congregational organization and government begins with an accurate understanding of what the Bible teaches about the congregation. What is a congregation of Christ? Is it necessary for every Christian to be a member of a congregation? What does the Bible mean when it says that Jesus adds people to the church (Acts 2.47)? What does membership in a congregation entail and demand? These and similar questions are addressed in this sermon.
Sermons from the Church of Christ in Tulsa, OK
These sermons have been preached at assemblies of the Church of Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma
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