Ecclesiology (The Assembly/Local Church)

Concerned About Your Assembly? Trust the Lord for the Answer.

    When for the first time in the whole canon of Scripture, the Church, properly so called, is named, we have those memorable words,...

Is the Church to be a Chameleon?

There is much being written today concerning church growth, and we would be wise to heed to some of it. For example, we cannot expect poor preaching, poor singing and an unfriendly atmosphere to produce either spiritual or numerical growth. Common sense should tell us this. There are those however, who would urge us to take extreme measures to reach the lost. They would treat the Gospel Meeting like a presidential campaign. In such campaigns producing an “image” of the candida...

The Perfect Assembly

If we only read the opening verses of the letter to the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2), we would no doubt come to the conclusion that the assembly was perfect. The Lord commends them for their works. This was an active assembly. He speaks of their labor. They were not only active, but working to the point of exhaustion. He also commends their patience. Often when we work hard, we quit early. Not so with the assembly at Ephesus. They were active, laboring, and they were n...

The Gift of Teaching in the Church of God

It need hardly be said that this gift is one of greatest importance in the Church, and a rapid glance at its characteristics will be helpful. The gift of teacher is closely connected with that of pastor; both have to do more specifically with the saints, though all the gifts are "knit together". And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers (Eph. 4:11). The tender, firm heart and aptness to teach are most helpful in the evangelist. ...

Let Us Not Forsake the Gathering of Ourselves Together

Gather the people together, men and women and children, and the stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law; and that their children, who have not known it, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it (Deut. 31:12,13)     Two things in the foregoing passage claim our special attention: ...

The Importance of New Testament Church Principles

In the Holy Scriptures God has provided for us "the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints," Jude 3, not once upon a time, as if the provision of the faith was a passing event, leaving something else to be provided later, but "once for all," indicating its completeness, its finality and its permanent authority. The Lord Himself confirmed this authority as being binding and decisive by constantly appealing to the Scriptures. When, for instance, a certain lawyer questioned Hi...

Reversing the Trend

"Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent." (Rev. 3:3). Perhaps you are in an assembly where gradual changes have been occurring. The Lord’s Supper is no longer viewed as very important. Attendance was down and the decision was made to appoint one man to orchestrate the service. It was also suggested that women be free to participate vocally. Now they seem to be more vocal than the men. Since the elders were not doing their wor...

Principles Shared by New Testament Assemblies

Articles have been written recently defining the characteristics of New Testament churches. Here are some of these principles which have been suggested: 1. The priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5,9). 2. There should be no clergy-laity division. All are on the same footing as brethren (Matthew 23:8-11). 3. Leadership should be by a body of elders (Acts 14:23), not by one man. 4. Each assembly is autonomous. There should be no central governing body over the churches (Reve...

Thoughts on the Lord's Supper

Thoughts on the Lord's Supper; Designed for the help of Christians in this day of difficulty. C. H. Mackintosh. Preface. The institution of the Lord's Supper must be regarded, by every spiritual man, as a peculiarly touching proof of the Lord's gracious care and considerate love for His Church. From the time of its appointment until the present hour, it has been a steady, though silent, witness to a truth which the enemy, by every means in his power, has sought to corrupt and set aside, na...

The Assembly of God

The Assembly of God; or, The All-sufficiency of the Name of Jesus. C. H. Mackintosh. In a day like the present, when almost every new idea becomes the centre or gathering-point of some new association, we cannot but feel the value of having divinely formed convictions as to what the assembly of God really is. We live in a time of unusual mental activity, and hence there is the more urgent need of calm and prayerful study of the word of God. That word, blessed be its Author, is like a rock a...
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