AWARE of The GODHEAD 8.2.1A
THE SCRIPTURAL ORGANIZATION
of THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
that JESUS FOUNDED.
A. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ Members.
B. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ Officers.
C. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ Autonomy / Independence.
D. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ Perpetuity.
THE DEFINITIONS OF DOCTRINE
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
by C. D. Cole
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The churches Jesus Built
All Have Very Distinct
As a Divine Institution,
Jesus Christ Founded HIS churches
while on Earth,
and left Her in the care of the Apostles
and prophets with delegated Authority.
Before Jesus’ Return to the Father
He Gave the Commission to HIS churches
through the Apostles
and Promised His Presence with them
until The End of the Age.
Jesus also Promised to Send the Holy Spirit
as their Helper
in the Supernatural Task
of Perpetuating Jesus’ churches.
The Holy Spirit Came on The Day of Pentecost
and The Book of Acts is an Account
of what was done from Pentecost
until the imprisonment of Paul.
The first Organized church of JESUS’
was at Jerusalem.
This first Organized church of JESUS’,
at Jerusalem, was scattered through persecution,
and this led to missionary endeavor
and to the Scriptural Organizing
of churches of Jesus’ in Asia and Europe.
The second Scripturally Organized church of Jesus’
was at Antioch in Syria.
From this church Paul and Barnabas
went out as missionaries,
by THE AUTHORITY
of the Scripturally Organized church of Jesus,
Then we read of the churches in Galatia
and other provinces of the Roman Empire,
which were then Scripturally Organized,
by The Authority of God,
as New Testament churches.
It seems evident from the New Testament
that Jesus Gave no formal administrative formula
for the Organization of any of His churches.
At times, after Pentecost,
the Disciples of Christ seemed to have
little thought of separating themselves
from the religious life of Israel, in ‘a Temple’.
Worshipping God AT A Temple was adhered to
“And they, continuing daily with one accord
in the temple, and breaking bread
from house to house,
did eat their meat with gladness
and singleness of heart” (Acts 2:46);
“Now Peter and John went up together
into the temple at the hour of prayer,
being the ninth hour” (Acts 3:1),
by the teaching of the apostles,
and by fellowship in prayer
and the breaking of bread
“And they continued stedfastly
in the Apostles’ Doctrine and fellowship,
and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”
A Formal Organization Process
was of gradual development
according to emerging needs
AND WE ARE SHOWN THE HOLY SPIRIT’S
GUIDANCE of The Gradual Development
of the HOLY SPIRIT ENABLED ‘PROCESSES’,
as when Deacons were selected
to serve tables
so that the Spiritual Leaders
might give themselves
to the Ministry of Prayer and the Word.
“Then the Twelve
called the multitude of the Disciples
to them, and said,
It is not reason
that we should leave the word of God,
and serve tables.
you look out among you seven men
of honest report,
full of the Holy Ghost and Wisdom,
whom we may Appoint over this Business.
But we will give ourselves continually to Prayer, and to the Ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:2-4).
All Scripturally Organized Baptist churches
come into being today
somewhat after this manner.
A group of Believers in a community
wish to become a church of The Lord Jesus.
The members in conference
will make this wish known to other churches,
and these churches send messengers
to counsel them in accomplishing their desire.
For the sake of order and recognition
these messengers will inquire into their belief,
and if it is thought wise,
the visitors endorse their articles of faith
and recommend their constitution
as an independent church.
These visiting brethren
do not ‘organize’ the church.
Since the church is to be self governing
it must of necessity and logically
be self constituted.
And so those wishing to become a church
enter into covenant AMOUNG THEMSELVES,
as SAVED SOULS
AGREEING to ‘ASSEMBLE’,
to WORSHIP GOD, in SPIRIT and TRUTH,
to that effect;
and another church of The Lord Jesus Christ
The help from the outside
is for the sake of order and fellowship
and is not absolutely essential.
(Note. See Introduction to this volume
as to the belief of the Publisher and the organization of a new church.)
From the Book of Acts and Church Epistles
and also from the Pastoral Epistles
we learn all that we need to know
about the Scriptural Organization
of A church that Jesus Built
AND IS BUILDING.
A. The LORD’S CHURCHES’ MEMBERS.
It is quite clear that
the members were Born Again
and Baptized Believers in Jesus Christ
as Lord and Savior.
And nobody else has any business
in a church of The Lord Jesus Christ.
There must be Blood before water,
and Salvation before church membership.
The church is a fellowship
and partnership of believers
and believers are saved people.
“Because God So Loved the World,
that He Gave His Only Begotten Son,
that whosoever Believes in Him
should not perish,
but Have Everlasting Life” John 3:16
“He that Believes on the Son
Has Everlasting Life:
and He that believe not the Son
Will not see Life;
but the Wrath of God Abides on him” John 3:36
“And by Him all that Believe
are Justified from all things,
from which you could not be Justified
by the Law of Moses” Acts 13:39;
“Therefore being Justified by Faith,
we have Peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1.
When sinners repent towards God
and Believe on The Lord Jesus Christ,
their immediate duty is to be Baptized
and enter into the fellowship
of one of the churches Jesus Built
as a servant of Christ.