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You are born again into the Church and out of the world so that you can grow. You grow as the Holy Spirit conforms you to the image of Christ, your Ministry in the Body of Christ. This is a process that goes from glory to glory. When everything is in complete unity with God's will and built according to God's Pattern as He gave it in Scripture, the Body and the Head (Jesus) will be joined as one totally complete man. This is the manifestation or the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Scripture defines the Church and its purpose. It is the Bride of Christ, but God's purpose is that it become totally clean and without defect first. God's purpose is for total unity in the Church. God's purpose is the the Church is the Kingdom of God. It is the final holy temple of God. Without the Church that is built according to the pattern, you will never find fulfillment.

To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, Ephesians 3:10

This is not speaking of the plastic, man-made, church, but the church that is being built according to the pattern. It may be incomplete, not fully assembled, and imperfect right now, but God is building a House. That House, with many "abiding places," is His Church, His Called Out Ones.

  • It is through the Church that God is showing His many faceted wisdom.
  • The Church is a called-out company of believers.
  • The Church is a holy temple that God is building using living stones.
  • The Church is the new Jerusalem.
  • The Church is Zion.
  • The Church is the abiding place that Jesus is preparing for you.

God's purpose for you is that you become conformed to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:28-29). You, of course, cannot do this. Notice that this Scripture is written in the passive voice. That means that this "being conformed to the image of Jesus" is happening to you. You are not the actor. You are the receiver. God's method to bring you to this image of Jesus is the Church. It is by that which every joint supplies (Ephesians 4:15-16). The joint is the place between the members--it is the flow of the Holy Spirit between the members. You were created to walk in a glory beyond what human beings can imagine. This glory flows from the throne of God. Your part is to receive it--not fight it--not contend with God. God has a plan to bring you into this glory. A huge part of this glory is in you knowing your place in the Church, the Body of Christ, and in you fulfilling your ministry in the Church. Yes. You have a ministry. So does every person. Some people think that their ministry is themselves. It is not. Your ministry is the Christ within you. He is the Spiritual Man. He is the One Who cannot sin. (1 Jn. 3:4-11) Your old nature is not capable of spiritual ministry. It is not capable of good works. Only Christ in you is capable of good works and ministry.

The Church and the purpose of the Church is as much a part of the free gift--that Christ has bought and paid for--as forgiveness for sin is a free gift. Rejecting the Church--I mean the real Church--does not make you un-born again, but it does stop your growth. When we speak of being conformed to the image of Jesus, we are talking about the manifestation of the sons of God. We are speaking about going from glory to glory until we come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man (that is total unity) to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. This is the unity that Jesus prayed for, a unity beyond our ability to comprehend at this point in our walk. However, God will finish the work in His own way. The Church is not only the method by which God will fulfill the purpose of the Church. When it is fully complete, the Church will be that fulfillment. It will be the Manifestation of the Sons of God.

If you never understand the Church and its purpose, then you will never find the destiny for which you were created. Your fulfillment is in Christ and in His Church. You were designed and made to fit into a specific place in Christ's Body in a specific order defined by God. Jesus is in heaven, and He has a Body here on earth. You are called to come out of the useless orders of Babylon and to come into the patterns of the Church that God established for your fulfillment. Keep in mind that the Church is a Body. It is literally the Body of Christ. It is the temple of the Living God. If it were a club, you could build it any old way. But it is the Body of Christ. It must be built according to the pattern. When it is finished and built according to the pattern, then the glory of the Lord will suddenly fill the temple. Until that day, the temple is built from glory to glory.

You have a seed, a part of Jesus in you--Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). Your completeness is in finding your place in the Body of Christ, completed and fulfilled by the Head, Jesus, and the rest of the Body. Just as with the human body, everything must be in order and connected properly. The Body of Christ is being formed, and the gifts, ministries, offices, and orders of this Body are the mechanisms by which you must find your fulfillment. When it is complete, this Body of Christ is the very manifestation of the sons of God. It is the final redemption. It is the Kingdom of God. That is why Satan makes every effort to tell Christians that the patterns of Scripture and the leading of the Holy Spirit in everything are not relevant, interesting, or important. Satan will try to attract you to entertainment organizations that call themselves churches. He will try to distract you to keep you from fulfilling. The flesh says that the Church can be put together any way and the way that the Church service is conducted makes not difference. The Scripture lays out the exact ways these things should be done in the Spirit of God. The flesh says that the Church should be governed by a one-man ministry, or an elected board of directors, or anything except what the Scripture says. There are some people who even say that that God's method in the Bible is out of date and no longer applies. For instance, some people claim that there is no place for apostles any more, but there is no other government given in Scripture of the government of the universal Church.

The more the Body of Christ follows the pattern of Scripture, the more real and meaningful it becomes. Perversions, every variation from Scripture and creative human additions to this Body frustrate the grace of God. The more that you are in unity with the Body of Christ in the place God designed for you in the Body doing what God is leading you to do as a particular ministry, the more fulfilled and meaningful your life becomes. To be separated from the Body of Christ is like your eye thinking it is the whole body. It is as useless as a brick without a building to be part of. It is as useless as your finger would be if you cut it off.

How did the Church fall into the pit of money, power, and prestige? It took centuries to fall and go into the dark ages. There was a falling away. Now, some things have been restored, and a large number of Christians have rejected or never heard about the restoration. Yet, the restoration of the Church is the only way to enter into what God has for you. You can be born again without this, but you cannot enter into the completeness.

What is God saying to the church today? God is saying, "Come out, come out of her my people that you be not partakers of her sin." God is calling the members out of the Babylon of ungodly confusion of the denominational system and all the non-denominational denominations. He is calling His people to come into the unity that can only happen in the way that He has prescribed. That means the righteousness that come by faith, holiness, and redemption.

Let the people who love God turn from the dead churches who have a form of religion but deny the power of religion. Let the people of God turn from the corrupt church and look into the Scripture and see that the thing that has been called "church" is not what the Bible calls "church." Let us build according to the pattern that God has given in Scripture.



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The Church, What Is It and What Is Its Purpose


God's method by which He intends to bring us all to fullness is through a body ministry operating in the Church He designed. (Go)
Haggai 2:7-9 The Coming Glory Of The Church (Go)
God Has Restored Much That Is Necessary So That The Church Can Come Into The Fullness. (Go)
What is the 5-fold ministry and why is it important? (Go)
The Reality of the Body of Christ (Go)
Discerning Christ In Your Brother or Sister, the Gifts, Ministries, Offices, and Ordinances of the Body of Christ (Go)
Are All Who Call Themselves Christians Free from Religious Systems of this Age? (Go)
What are the Scriptural Christianity Teachings? (Go)
What are the gifts of the Spirit and how are they received? (Go)
Misconceptions About the Church (Go)
Fulfillment: Understanding What It Is To Be a Christian and Understanding Christianity (Go)
What is God's way to come to full maturity in Christ, and how can I know it is the right way? By the Church. By that which every joint supplies. (Go)
Are the local churches to teach no other doctrine than the Apostle's Doctrine? (Go)
Aren’t there false apostles and false prophets? (Go)
Why is the 5-fold ministry of the Scripture so unpopular? (Go)
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)
What are the strengths and weaknesses that can be seen in the Church? (Go)
If the Bible's so great, why don't the churches of today look like the church of the New Testament? (Go)
What is Great Babylon and How is it Falling Today? (Go)
Can human effort help the church to fulfil its mission in the earth? (Go)
Is God's Way something where I can design it myself? (Go)
There will be a coming together of the Body of Christ in unity? (Go)
What is God's plan for building the church? (Go)
How can the church come to the full glory God has planned for her? (Go)
Define Church: The Greek Word For Church, Ekklesia, Literally Means Called Out of Summoned (Go)
What do the Scriptures teach how God designed the Church? (Go)
What is the foundation of the church? (Go)
What is God's way of bringing the Church to unity and to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ? (Go)
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)
Meaning of Life (Go)
We Need The Church (Go)
Who sets ministries in the Church and how does God say that is to be decided? (Go)
Questions and Answers: What is the role of the deacons in this situation? (Go)
Questions and Answers: What is the Church; How should it be governed? (Go)
2 Corinthians 11:13-14, False Apostles (Go)
Don't Be Fooled By The Many False Promises Of The Worldly Systems And All Their Empty Promises (Go)
Following Hireling Preachers: The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (Go)
Following people who were not sent by God (Go)
Galatians 2:2 Paul Went To The Other Apostles By Revelation To Make Sure He Was Not Off Track. He Was Not Independent. (Go)
Was Peter the foundation of the church and the first pope? (Go)
Seek to Know God. (Go)
God's Order Works. (Go)
James 5:14-15, The Elders Anoint With Oil For Healing (Go)
Feedback Question: James 5:13 (Go)
Scriptures that use the Word, Church (Go)
Taking Ground, Holding Ground, Total Victory (Go)
The Problem Of Churches That Are Not Fulfilling Their Purpose. (Go)
Your Purpose in Life (Go)
John 3:16 What does it really mean? (Go)
Why must I believe in Jesus to be saved? (Go)
To Successfully Fulfill Your Purpose in Life, You Must be Born Again (Go)
How Can I Introduce Foundational Truth About the Five Fold Gifting to My Church? (Go)
Why is the pattern of Scripture so important? (Go)
Apostles and the 5-fold Ministries In the Bible (Go)

Apostles


How Long Will There Be Apostles? (Go)
1 Corinthians 1:1-4:2 The Pattern Of Apostles (Go)
1 Corinthians 12:28-30, God Hath Set Some In The Church, First Apostles, Secondarily Prophets, (Go)
2 Corinthians 11:13-14, False Apostles (Go)
Acts 15:2-16:4, God's Order For Establishing Doctrine In The Universal Church (Go)
Acts 8:14-20, Apostles Being Led By The Holy Spirit (Go)
Aren't There False Apostles Out There? (Go)
Don't Be Fooled By The Many False Promises Of The Worldly Systems And All Their Empty Promises (Go)
Don't Some Theologians And Scholars Say That There Were Only 12 Apostles And That Is All There Will Ever Be? (Go)
False Kingdoms (Go)
Following people who were not sent by God (Go)
Galatians 2:2 Paul Went To The Other Apostles By Revelation To Make Sure He Was Not Off Track. He Was Not Independent. (Go)
God's method by which He intends to bring us all to fullness is through a body ministry operating in the Church He designed. (Go)
Was Peter the foundation of the church and the first pope? (Go)
Seek to Know God. (Go)
God's Order Works. (Go)
Isn't God's way like a smorgasbord where you can pick and choose what you want or don't want? No. (Go)
God Forbids Speculation. (Go)
Is there really any pattern in Scripture for the Church? Yes. Most people don't like it. (Go)
Holiness Brings Clearer Vision and Hearing (Go)
How Can I Know God's Will And Be Led By The Spirit Of God? (Go)
Was There Such a Thing as The Apostolic Age? (Go)
Jeremiah 23:16-22 False Prophets (Go)
Joel 2:25-32 The Restoration In The Remnant (Go)
Are the local churches to teach no other doctrine than the Apostle's Doctrine? (Go)
Matthew 11:25 God Has Hid These Things From The Wise And Prudent, And Hast Revealed Them Unto Babes. (Go)
Press Toward The Mark Of Your High Calling In Christ Jesus (Go)
The Bible -- Satan Knows that He Can Keep You in Frustration if You are Not Faithfully being Fed by the Bible. (Go)
Questions and Answers: What is the Church; How should it be governed? (Go)
Questions and Answers: What is the role of the deacons in this situation? (Go)
Receiving Revelation (Go)
Romans 8:28-29 God's purpose for our lives is that we become like Jesus. (Go)
What is the 5-fold ministry and why is it important? (Go)
Aren't apostles something from the past? (Go)
Seek The Lord For Revelation As You Read The Scripture (Go)
Taking Ground, Holding Ground, Total Victory (Go)
The Problem Of Churches That Are Not Fulfilling Their Purpose. (Go)
What does the Bible say about the government of the church? (Go)
Why is the 5-fold ministry of the Scripture so unpopular? (Go)
Aren’t there false apostles and false prophets? (Go)
The Move of the Spirit of 1948 From the Papers and Memories of Milford E. Kirkpatrick (Go)
If the Bible's so great, why don't the churches of today look like the church of the New Testament? (Go)
How can the church come to the full glory God has planned for her? (Go)
There will be a coming together of the Body of Christ in unity? (Go)
Universal Elders Traveling Ministries (Go)
Walking In Submission Will Cause You To Grow In Christ. (Go)
Can The Ministries And Offices Of The Church Be Counterfeited? (Go)
What do the Scriptures teach how God designed the Church? (Go)
What is the Scriptural Order of Apostles (Go)
Your Purpose in Life (Go)
Did God restore the 5-fold ministry? (Go)
John 3:16 What does it really mean? (Go)
Apostles and the 5-fold Ministries In the Bible (Go)
Questions and Answers: Please help me to connect the old testament ministers to the new testament fivefold offices clearly stating the similarities of these offices. (Go)
Bible Dictionary: Define Apostle, Definition of Apostle (Go)
The Duration of the Apostles--How Long Will Apostles Be In the Church? (Go)
What Does the Bible Say About False Apostles, False Prophets, False Teachers, and False Pastors? (Go)
Apostles are NOT Infallible. There are NO Infallible Human Beings. (Go)
Apostles Equip the Church with the Foundation (Go)
Apostles Equip the Church with Doctrine and Revelation (Go)
Apostles Equip the Church with Government (Go)
Apostles Equip the Members of the Churches with Spiritual Gifts (Go)
Twenty Apostles are Named in the New Testament of the Bible (Go)
Apostles Had the Ministries of Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher (Go)
Who Sets an Apostle? How Do Apostles Become Apostles? (Go)
        

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God has established the pattern of Scripture, for life and for the Church.

You can feel free to use the Contact Form further down on this page to ask any question regarding this pattern of Scripture. The Church, the Body of Christ, and discernment of this Body, is the method that God is using to finish the work in His Body. The Body of Christ, God's Temple, is built up by that which every joint supplies, building each other up in love, and the Temple must be built according to the pattern of Scripture.



We believe the Holy Scriptures teach:
  • The 5 apostolic ministries (Ephesians 4:11)
  • The nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)
  • Local congregations overseen by elders and deacons (Titus 1:5)
  • Every member having and being a ministry in the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:11)
  • Being led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14)
  • The gathering together of the Body of Christ (Genesis 49:10, John 17:21)

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End

If you seek God, you will find Him through His Son, Jesus.

Revelation 22:19 And if anyone takes away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which have been written in this Book.

John 10:35b the Scripture cannot be broken,


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