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Seven biblical principles of church

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This blog have thus far focused on the question what is the church? To answer this question, we looked in detail at the very first mention of the church in whole Bible. From this passage, we gathered seven biblical principles of church.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatev…

The Gospel Message: Turning things around

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We have discussed how the Assembly is a community of believers to equip them to make more disciples and grow the Kingdom. But what exactly do these believers believe in? They believe in the gospel message. Let's look at Peter's answer when Jesus asked him what he believed:
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This is the gospel message. The idea salvation comes from believing Jesus came from God is repeated in many different forms throughout the New Testament. Paul said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus himself said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

But belief isn’t just an abstract acceptance that something is real. Imagine your boss says to you, “Believe me, I’m the boss, and if you don’t get mor…

Signs and Wonders: Not a tutorial on parking in LA

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Just like the United States has a constitution that has to be interpreted and applied to specific situations by the Supreme Court, Jewish teachers interpreted and applied their Law to their modern time by doing what was called binding and loosing. They would bind the things that were prohibited and loose the things that were allowed. Jesus referred to this practice when he was talking to Peter and his other disciples about the Assembly:
“Whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” As usual, Jesus flips common sense on its head: the Jewish teachers applied the spiritual law to earth, but Peter’s earthly teaching applies to heaven! So Peter’s teaching is superior to the Jewish teachers' and not only that, but Jesus is hinting that his teaching will replace it. Jewish teaching is based on the Old Covenant which was replaced by the New Covenant. Similarly, the Old Jerusalem was replaced by the New Jeru…

Leadership: Disorder's worst nightmare

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Leadership is key to order in the church What’s the most annoying church experience you can think of? Maybe someone going on and on about some insignificant announcement with no one to stop them? Or even worse, someone else gets up and starts speaking over the other person and the two compete for the attention of the audience. What about a church that doesn’t start until an hour after its supposed to? Or doesn’t end until a couple hours after its supposed to?

Ever tried to get information off of a church website that is terribly out of date? Have you ever shown up to what you thought was the weekly church meeting only to discover that they moved to a new location and failed to notify anyone? Yeah, that happened to me once.
Many churches have been painfully and publicly ripped apart by sin and scandal from hypocrites at the highest levels. I’ve experienced all of these things, and I’m sure you’ve seen some of them too. These are symptoms of a lack of order. But as usual, Jesus has a s…

Edification: Build a different kind of wall

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The purpose of Jesus' Assembly is to strengthen each other for battle. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church [assembly] and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church [assembly] in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless."   --Ephesians 5:25-27 Throughout the New Testament, the authors of the Bible refer to Jesus' Assembly as the bride of Christ. This analogy comes to a climax in Revelation where "The marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready". Getting ready is a process, so we know that the Assembly is a work in progress.

Later in Revelation, the bride of the Lamb is revealed to be the city of New Jerusalem. Just as the old Jerusalem was the capital city of Israel under the Old Covenant, the New Jerusalem is the capital city of th…
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