Friday, August 01, 2008

Ties That Bind

The Ties That BindJohn MacArthur @ reviews the are non-negotiables, that if yielded, a local assembly ceases to be a church. Here are five foundational truths that distinguish all authentic churches.

A High View of God

The Absolute Authority of Scripture

Sound Doctrine

Personal Holiness

Spiritual Authority

A church must understand that Christ is the head of the church (Eph. 1:22; 4:15) and that He mediates His rule in the church through godly elders (1 Thess. 5:13-14; Heb. 13:7, 17).

Hebrews 13 says to submit to those over you in the Lord, for they watch your souls. Follow their example. Paul says to “recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake” (1 Thess. 5:12-13).

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