NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
From HISChurch at Kealia, Friday Gathering
Looking forward to getting together this Friday Evening and talking story in the Holy Spirit.
“There is but one Church of Christ Jesus and all who love and obey HIM are members.”
The Biblical Approach to coming together for “church” (The work of the people) or Ecclesia (or Ekklesia) in Christian theology means both: a particular body of faithful people, and the whole body of the faithful. Latin ecclesia, from Greek ekklesia had an original meaning of “assembly, congregation, council”, literally “convocation”.
It is the concept of the round table where most can see each other and all have access to talking or sharing with each other. (A Forum) On the other hand the theater seating is for the one way experience of listening. And of course there should be Elders present to make sure that all that is being taught is GOD’s TRUTH and not fiction. But a “Round Table” can be both Powerful and Dangerous. So most established churches avoid the danger but may miss out on the power.
In 1 Cor.14:23-33 Apostle Paul gives a general overview of how “church” is supposed to work.23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? 24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. 26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. 28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
So the Early Church had 7 levels of experience as in the Tabernacle of Moses, but was not under the law but guided by the Holy Spirit. The approach was not a liturgy but a basic guide. First there was the testimony of the Saints as to their salvation like the sun coming through the Eastern gate of the Tabernacle of Moses in the morning. Remember Jesus said HE was the door to the sheep fold. Then there was the teachings of the Elders as the Altar, Rom.12. And then the Agape Meal. The laver in the Tabernacle was for cleaning and fellowship ( A time to share a meal, gain unity and restore fellowship if it had been broken.) Then the Lords Supper, 1 Cor.10. Then perhaps a break and then a time of prayer and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Body Life Ministry of praying for each other. And finally what ever needs or questions that were left would be addressed by the Elders. In the Early Church the Holy Spirit gave powerful signs as to the use of faith in the ministry of Christ Jesus as LORD.
And we can see this form in Acts 2: 41-47 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear (awe) came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 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, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should (were being in the Greek.) be saved.
And again in Acts 5:14-16
14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) 15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
My understanding is that becoming a Christian by making Christ Jesus LORD is the beginning of “being saved” and ultimately “sanctification” or by the finishing our course we are finally saved by enduring to the end of our life in Faith as did Paul in 2 Tim.4:5-8. I have known many who have been ship wrecked along the way. Perhaps this is a study for another time. Yours in HIS great love, Ken<><
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