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Divine Order for Church Government

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1default Divine Order for Church Government on Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:40 pm

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1. Christ is the Head of the Church- Eph. 1:22; 1 Pet.2:6-8; Col.1:18. With the Holy Spirit as administrator John 14:25-26; 16:13-14.

2. Three expressions of the Church assembling

a. The Local Church- The local gathering together of the saints, the 12 main churches in Acts are; Jerusalem (ch.2-7), Samaria (ch.8), Damascus (ch 9), Caesarea (ch 10), Antioch (ch 11) & 13), Philippi (ch 16), Thessalonica & Berea, (the twin churches, as a double portion, ch. 17), Corinth (ch 18), Ephesus (ch 19), Troas (ch 20), Tyre (ch 21), and Rome (ch 28). The 7 churches in Paul's epistles and the 7 churches in Revelation.

b. The Congregation- The general gatherings of the Body of Christ in conventions, Acts 15:30-33; the last one will be in heaven with the Great Supper.

c. General Assembly- The gathering of church leaders from different local churches, Acts 15:1-29.

3. Anointed Offices

a. Apostle- Lays foundational truths, established new assemblies, has top delegated authority from the Lord Jesus Christ to maintain church order and doctrine, ordains pastors, elders and deacons in the local assemblies, ministry backed-up by supernatural signs & wonders, imparts gifts of the Spirit by the laying on of hands, his main duty is to prayer and the ministry of the Word, is meek, humble and sacrificial. Paul, Barnabas, Andronicus and Junia are examples of New Testament Church Apostles (Rom. 16:7).

b. Prophet- Works together with the apostle to lay foundation truths and to establish new assemblies, foresees future events, exhorts and confirms the brethren, judges the prophecy and proves the prophet's spirit in the local church, is an example of suffering affliction and patience, had a special anointing to move in the spiritual realm, prayer and worship are his main duties. We find Silas and Agabus named among the New Testament prophets.

c. Evangelist- has an outreach ministry and love for sick and lost souls, to preach salvation is his main calling with the help of supernatural signs and wonders as seen in Philip's ministry in Samaria, must maintain a strong relationship with the apostles so they can continue the establishment of the believers in a local church, must have a home church where he is accountable and could receive prayer and spiritual support.

d. Pastor- Feeds the flock of the Lord, counsels and leads the believers in the way of the Lord, discerns false ministries, watches for the souls of the saints and will give account of them, is under the authority of the apostle for any major decision that would affect the life and doctrine of the church, ordains with the apostle the elders and deacons and has authority over them in the local church.

e. Teacher- Receives the doctrine from the apostle and breaks it down so the saints could understand it and live accordingly, researches for biblical material to enrich the teachings of the doctrine, helps the pastor of the local church to develop the spiritual growth of the believers.

f. Elder- The ruling elder is to help the pastor in overseeing the people of the local church and to take care of the spiritual matters, is the third level of delegated authority in the local church (after the apostle and the pastor) to look for the edifying of the church, teaches the believers by word and example, is the backbone of the local New Testament church.

g. Deacon- God's government over natural things in the local church. Fulfilled by performing physical duties to supply the natural needs of the church.

h. Helps- Is a basic ministry in the church including but not limited to: prayer, music, singing, cooking, giving, serving.

i. Governments- Lessor governments ministry to keep control and accountability of the different areas of the church like the Sunday school overseer and teachers, secretary and treasurer.

4. The nine anointed gifts- 1 Cor.12:8-11. All of these are given and are supernaturally operated by the Holy Spirit through the faith of the believer.

a. Word of Wisdom- Spoken or unspoken revelation gift of His wisdom for decisions on things we say and do and places we go in order to fulfill His purpose and plan.

b. Word of Knowledge- Spoken or unspoken revelation gift showing in a supernatural way facts about people, places, things or circumstances, past or present.

c. Fatih-Super-anointing of faith for believing for miracles, the word of authority over natural laws, the creative word of God in operation.

d. Healings- The Holy Spirit's anointing through the believer to work supernatural healings of any kind of sicknesses, diseases, infirmities, and abnormal body conditions.

e. Miracles-Supernatural wonders outside the realm of healing, like restoring missing members of the body or over ruling the natural laws as walking on the water or the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

f. Prophecy- God's channel to speak to His people. The testimony of Jesus given for edification, exhortation and comfort.

g. Discerning of Spirits- Ability to discern or distinguish between the working of Satan and the work of the Holy Spirit. Ability to name evil spirits and to reveal people's attitudes.

h. Tongues- God's messages to the church in tongues other than the language of the place, for a sign to the unbelievers when interpreted by the gift of interpretation of tongues. Separate from speaking in tongues when receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit or worshipping or praying in tongues.

i. Interpretation of Tongues- Divine ability to interpret messages brought through the gift of tongues. Same as prophecy.

5. The Nine Anointed Graces- The characteristics of the spirit of Christ within us, developed by the Holy Spirit in our lives.

a. Love- 1 Cor.12. Sixteen characteristics of love.

b. Joy- Complete happiness, satisfaction, contentment.

c. Peace- Rest, relaxation, freedom from tormenting thoughts, worry and fear.

d. Longsuffering-Patient endurance. Putting up with others faults and joyfulness.

e. Gentleness-Usefulness, having a tender touch, not harsh, tamed, (kindness).

f. Goodness-Manifesting that which is helpful and edifying to others.

g. Faith- Faithful, steadfast, faith to be kept.

h. Meekness- It is strength and courage under control, coupled with kindness, mild, humble, not defending ourselves, disciplined, adjustable to nay situation, is the ability to be lead.

i. Temperance- Mastering the desires and passions, not overindulging in anything, self-control, abhorring evil.


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