MARKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH

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    You have a trail of churches by different names come up at different time all with similar beliefs from the time of Apostles to today. To them we give the general term Baptist. Baptists do not believe in Apostolic Succession. The Apostolic office ceased with the death of the Apostles. (You find nowhere in the Bible Apostolic Succession) It is to His churches that He promised a continual existence from the time He organized the first one during His earthly ministry until He comes again. He promised-- "I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matt. 16:18) Then, when He gave the great Commission, which tells what His churches are to do, He promised-- "I will be with you alway, even unto the end of the age." (Matt. 28:20) This Commission--this work--was not given to the Apostles as individuals, but to them and the others present in their church capacity. The Apostles and the others who heard Him give this Commission were soon dead--BUT His Church has lived on through the ages, making disciples (getting folks saved), baptizing them, and teaching the truth--the doctrines--He committed to the Jerusalem Church. These faithful churches have been blessed with His presence as they have gone the road of martadom


    "MARKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH"
    1. Its Head and Founder--CHRIST. He is the law-giver; the Church is only the executive. (Matt. 16:18; Col. 1:18)
    2. Its only rule of faith and practice--THE BIBLE. (II Tim. 3:15-17)
    3. Its name--"CHURCH," "CHURCHES." (Matt. 16:18; Rev. 22:16)
    4. Its polity--CONGREGATIONAL--all members equal. (Matt. 20:24-28; Matt. 23:5-12)
    5. Its members--only saved people. (Eph. 2:21; I Peter 2:5)
    6. Its ordinances--BELIEVERS' BAPTISM, FOLLOWED BY THE LORD'S SUPPER. (Matt. 28:19-20)
    7. Its officers--PASTORS AND DEACONS. (I Tim. 3:1-16)
    8. Its work--getting folks saved, baptizing them (with a baptism that meets all the requirements of God's Word), teaching them ("to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you"). (Matt. 28:16-20)
    9. Its financial plan--"Even so (OFFERINGS) hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel," (I Cor. 9:14)
    10. Its weapons of warfare--spiritual, not carnal. (II Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:10-20)
    11. Its independence--separation of Church and State. (Matt. 22:21)
     
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    New Testament churches are found in the NT including Rev. 2and 3.

    So which one are you talking about?
     
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    I don't understand the question!
     
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    I did not know that I took it from an old church bulletin I kept because I liked it. Thanks

    Still just as true
     
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    [​IMG]

    You're right, it is still true, I just wanted people to be able to read the whole thing.

    Peace,

    Tam
     
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    I don't understand the question! </font>[/QUOTE]There are many different churches mentioned in the NT. All of them are NT churches. Some good and some bad but they are all NT churches. So when you mention the qualities of a NT church which one are you referring to? None of them had all the qualities you mentioned.
     
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    I don't understand the question! </font>[/QUOTE]There are many different churches mentioned in the NT. All of them are NT churches. Some good and some bad but they are all NT churches. So when you mention the qualities of a NT church which one are you referring to? None of them had all the qualities you mentioned. </font>[/QUOTE]Your right that why Christ had to rebuke them.

    But a NT church that actting the way it should will have the above.

    that is what we need to work for in our churches today.
     
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    another identifing sign of Jesus' New Covenant church:
    Jesus' Church is a Sabbath-keeping church (Isa. 66:23), which also keeps His "appointed seasons" (Zechariah 14:16-19).

    Strange as it may seem, the New Covenant is not yet fully implemented. We know this from the fact that believers - young and old - still need instruction. But when the New Covenant is fully operational then "they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."

    http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/sbs777/snotes/note1105.html

    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Lexicons/Hebrew/heb.cgi?number=04150&version=kjv
     
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    The issue of apostolic succession is very different to that of whether the role of apostles still exist. They are listed in Ephesians 4 as one of the key ministry gifts, alongside prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Few would suggest that pastoring or evangelistic gifts are no longer needed so why should apostles be any different? I believe that resdiscovering this gifts is a key way forward for the development of the church.
     
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    Yes, what about the restoration of the offices-ministries of apostle, prophet, etc in Eph 4:11? Come to that, let's go the whole hog and have the more fullsome list in I Cor 12:28. Surely those are the marks of a true NT church?

    Yours in Christ

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    another identifing sign of Jesus' New Covenant church:
    Jesus' Church is a Sabbath-keeping church (Isa. 66:23), which also keeps His "appointed seasons" (Zechariah 14:16-19).

    Strange as it may seem, the New Covenant is not yet fully implemented. We know this from the fact that believers - young and old - still need instruction. But when the New Covenant is fully operational then "they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."

    http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/sbs777/snotes/note1105.html

    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Lexicons/Hebrew/heb.cgi?number=04150&version=kjv
    </font>[/QUOTE]Why only quote the OT when talking about the New Covenant!?!
     
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    Good question.

    In the NT what is quoted whenever the New Covenant is mentioned?

    In Christ,

    Bob
     
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    Hi, John3v36
    Hi, BobRyan
    We could quote Hebrews 8:6-13.

    Jesus also instituted the bread and wine as New Covenant symbols of the Passover (1 Cor. 5:7-8) - which is to be kept by all Christians on "the same night in which He was betrayed" (1 Cor. 11:23).

    [ December 25, 2004, 12:42 AM: Message edited by: wopik ]
     
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    Hi, BobRyan
    We could quote Hebrews 8:6-13.

    Jesus also instituted the bread and wine as New Covenant symbols of the Passover (1 Cor. 5:7-8) - which is to be kept by all Christians on "the same night in which He was betrayed" (1 Cor. 11:23).
    </font>[/QUOTE]Very good some NT passages for a "Sabbath-keeping church"
     
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    "You have a trail of churches by different names come up at different time all with similar beliefs from the time of Apostles to today. To them we give the general term Baptist."
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    I'd like to see that complete trail with all those connections.
     
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