Which Church? New Testament Churches Met For Collective Prayer

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Collective prayer was an important function of the early churches, Acts 2:42, Acts 4:23-24, Acts 12:5, and the prayer meeting should still be a priority for every assembly. On some occasions in the Acts, these were impromptu gatherings in emergency conditions, but it is clear that meetings for prayer were a regular feature of the early churches.

The doctrinal part of the Word that regulates the conduct of prayer meetings is 1 Timothy chapter 2. The first two verses show how we should pray, blending supplications, intercessions and thanksgivings. They show for whom we should pray, and why, and really, the command to pray for ‘all men’ provides wide scope for our public prayers. As has been observed already, verse 8 indicates who should do the public praying, the men.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Celebrated The Lord’s Supper Weekly

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The Lord’s Supper was instituted by the Lord Himself on the eve of His crucifixion. In the loaf and cup He was giving tangible emblems of His body and blood, and His command to His disciples was to perpetuate this ordinance in remembrance of Himself. The practice of the early believers in the book of Acts gives guidance regarding the ‘breaking of bread’. A quick glance at the end of chapter two will reveal that the participants were people who had been saved by responding to Peter’s preaching. Subsequently, they were

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Titus 1:11-12 Liars, Beasts, and Gluttons

 

This is the eighth video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

Have you ever been insulted when someone defined your nationality or ethnic grouping in insulting terms?

In this letter Paul quotes one of the well known Cretian prophets as he describes the national characteristics of the people of Crete (I am sure that it is not true today) and it is quite insulting stuff. Why rub salt in the wounds of a nation? The reason – God can change what we are naturally into something that is good and pleasing to him.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Had No Audible Female Participation

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A reading of the New Testament will demonstrate that Christian women played a crucial role in the ongoing work of God. Such sisters as Priscilla, Phebe and Eunice are but examples of the noble band of women whose contribution to assembly life was invaluable. However, teaching the Word is vocal participation in the gatherings and is for the men only. That may sound strange in an age of equal opportunities in politics and business, but it is the clear teaching of scripture. The general statement that covers the point is, “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak”, 1 Corinthians 14:34. The immediate context shows that the prohibition extends even to asking a question in a public gathering. Elsewhere, it takes in public praying, in that the men (Greek word meaning males) should pray, 1 Timothy 2:8, and it certainly forbids public teaching on the part of the sisters, 1 Timothy 2:12.

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Titus 1:10-11 Why Such High Standards For Elders?

 

This is the seventh video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

Why is the list of credentials for elders so tough?

Do they really need to be of such a high standard?

It looks as if they have to be pretty capable Bible Teachers as well as shepherds, carers and leaders. This latest vblog explains from Titus chapter one what the elders in the fairly new church in Crete faced and how God had equipped the elders to handle the situation. It’s not so different today!

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Were Instructed By A Number Of Preachers

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In Christendom, a system has developed that we call the clerical system, in which one man has almost the sole responsibility of preaching to a congregation week by week. That practice is not based on the teaching of the Bible. In New Testament times, in each local church, a number of men had responsibility for ministering to God’s people. Indeed, every believer had some part to play, for the assembly is likened to a human body with each member playing a vital role. Every believer has been endowed with a spiritual gift that has to be employed for the good of the whole body. To pay one man to bear almost the whole responsibility of helping God’s people is a contradiction of the ‘body of Christ’ aspect of the local church, 1 Corinthians 12:27.

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Titus 1:6-9 A Closer Look At Elders

 

This is the sixth video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

As discussed in our prior video on verse 5 one of the two key tasks that Paul gave to Titus was to identify elders to care for the new believers. In the verses before us today, Titus 1:6-9, we continue to explore what God’s word has to say about elders.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Were Guided By Overseers

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The responsibility for leadership in New Testament assemblies devolved upon overseers, (often translated ‘bishop’ in the King James Version). These men are also described as being elders, that is, men of a mature spiritual experience, 1 Timothy 3:6. They were not elected by the congregation, but appointed by the sovereign choice of the Holy Spirit, Acts 20:28. Certain qualifications had to be met, and these are outlined in 1 Timothy chapter 3, and Titus chapter 1.

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Titus 1:5 Tasked With Things To Do In Crete

 

This is the fifth video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

The Apostle Paul was not expecting Titus to be wasting his time when he left him behind in Crete. No sight seeing for him every day! Paul gave him two main tasks to be getting on with.

The first task involved tying up some ‘loose ends’. When Paul left Crete there were still some things that needed to be done so he asks Titus in this letter to finish off what he had started. To get the full impact of what had to be done you need to read all three chapters of this letter.

The second task was to identify elders to care for the new believers. What is an elder and what is their role? Discover with me how the word of God puts it in this vblog and next weeks.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Were Restricted To Christian Membership

Which Church? New Testament Churches Had No Sectarian Title

One sad feature of the present day is that many of the Lord’s dear people are connected to religious systems in which believers and unbelievers are linked. That situation was never the norm in New Testament times. In 1 Corinthians 1:2, Paul described the composition of the church of God at Corinth like this, “them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints”. Thus each member was a genuine believer for it is our faith in Christ that sanctifies us, Acts 26:18. He also spoke of assemblies in general as “churches of the saints”, 1 Corinthians 14:33, another indication that there should be an exclusively believing membership.

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