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Questions and Answers: What is the Church; How should it be governed?

 

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What is the church? How it should be governed. what kind of worship is most pleasing God? Describe the different answers given in the 17th century church of England to these questions. what was the outcome of these controversies? What challenges to traditional theology were experienced in the 17th century and 18th century? and what effects could be seen in the life of the Christian church? what was the usual thinking about religion toleration in the 17th century? Discuss the emergence of toleration in that century? Concentrated on the Church of England, but refer also to France, Netherlands and America if you can.

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I'm going to concentrate on your first two questions: What is the Church? How should it be governed? There are probably better sources for answers to your other questions.

What is the Church? The word, Church, means "called out." The Church is the company of believers who have been called out of the current eon and order and who are part of the coming eon and order. The Church is a specific thing that God designed for a specific purpose. He has given us the pattern in the Bible, but few are following it.

How should the Church be governed? The complete government of the Church is defined in the Bible. The true Church is a theocracy. It is governed by God through men who walk in submission to the Holy Spirit. We see mostly democracies and monarchies and oligarchies now, but God's pattern is clear in Scripture. The overall Church (Church universal) is governed by apostles who are in submission to each other and to Christ, who are elders and deacons to the entire Church rather than any local Church, who travel, who receive a wage but not beyond what is necessary, who work in unity, who receive the revelation of the Scripture, and who supply what the Church needs to come into unity and grow to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. The local Churches are governed by local elders and deacons who are set for life by the indication of the Holy Spirit and the laying on of hands of the apostles who are in submission to each other, to the apostles, and to Christ. The home is governed by the husband and the wife who are unity and submission to each other, the local elders, the traveling elders, and Christ. Submission to Christ is key in that no decision should be made based on human intellect. In fact, the human mind was never created to operate outside of the anointing of the Holy Spirit of love and peace. This is the government of the Church that is revealed in the Bible and which God restored to the Church through a series of revelations over hundreds of years, finally restoring apostles in the late 1940s. With the genuine has come many counterfeits, but the counterfeits don't make the real any less real.

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Aren't there false apostles and false prophets? (Go)
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Ephesians 4:15-16, Body Ministry By That Which Every Joint Supplies (Go)
Aren't apostles something from the past? (Go)
Is there really any pattern in Scripture for the Church? Yes. Most people don't like it. (Go)
What does the Bible say about the government of the church? (Go)
What About Pastors, Elders and Deacons? (Go)
Isn't God's way like a smorgasbord where you can pick and choose what you want or don't want? No. (Go)
Was There Such a Thing as The Apostolic Age? (Go)
What Are the Two Main Purposes of the Church? (Go)
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If the Bible's so great, why don't the churches of today look like the church of the New Testament? (Go)
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Is God's Way something where I can design it myself? (Go)
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Define Church: The Greek Word For Church, Ekklesia, Literally Means Called Out of Summoned (Go)
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What is the foundation of the church? (Go)
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Can Spiritual Gifts, Offices, And Ministries Be Counterfeited? (Go)
What Happened To the Church that It No Longer Follows the Biblical Pattern? (Go)
What Is the Problem with Forbidding the People of God to Partake of the Power of the Spirit of God? (Go)
Why have so many Christians rejected the traditional church organizations? (Go)
Humanistic Speculations Have A Way Of Creeping Into The Church. They Are Poison From The Evil One. (Go)
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Don't Some Theologians And Scholars Say That There Were Only 12 Apostles And That Is All There Will Ever Be? Yes, they do, but the Scriptures say that God gave the apostles, prophets, Evangelists, pastors, and teachers... until we all come in the unity of the faith and the doctrine, until we come to a perfect man (that is unity as one totally complete man, Christ the Head joined completely to Christ the Body), to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. This is the manifestation of the Sons of God.

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