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God's Pattern for the Local Church


In the local church, the local elders are set by traveling elders and deacons (apostles).  Local elders are selected by the indication of the Holy Spirit.  There is no singular local elder.  There is no preeminent local elder.  The local elders are in submission to each other.  Deacons share in this spiritual ministry in submission to the elders.  Together, they govern the local Church by God's process.  When decisions are made, the elders talk together and pray that God reveal to them the decision that they should make.  They look to God for mutual leading in everything.  If no answer is obvious to all the elders, then they bring the question to the traveling elders, the apostles.  God leads. They acknowledge Him.  His faith comes.  His grace does His work through them as they yield.  God plants good seed in their hearts and in the hearts of the children, and this results in a change in what they are.  The change has two parts: holiness and redemption.

There is love in the local church.  There is love and respect between the members of the local Church.  They submit to each other because they discern Christ in each other.  This is that same supernatural love as the love that is in the homes of the local Church.  There is order in the Church.  There is a weekly service on Sunday where the Holy Spirit leads and every member has a part.  The Church service follows the pattern of Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 14.  There is no place for unresolved conflict in the Church.  It is the order of Scripture, not the order proposed by the so-called "churches" found in the culture.  Every member in the local Church is built up by that which every joint supplies.  The joints are those places between the members.  There is a continual flowing of the Holy Anointing (the Holy Spirit) in the local Church.  The local elders and deacons administer the financial matters of the local Church according to the pattern of Scripture.  The Church is financed by tithes and offerings.  The members of the local Church engage in hospitality among themselves and toward anyone who visits the local meeting.  The local Church has a ministry as a Body to the unsaved.  There are Bible studies, sing-alongs, and prayer meetings.  There is corporate prayer.  The order of the head covering is in effect.  The orders of communion, footwashing, baptisms, and the anointing with oil by the elders for healing are in effect.  There is revelation, prophecy, tongues and interpretation, and teaching in the local Church.  The elders teach no doctrine other than the apostle's doctrine.

Last updated: Dec, 2011

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