Updated: Feb 22
What does the Bible say about the funtion of the church government? The New Testament church was/is governed by the authority of Christ. (Ephesians 1:22-23) “And hath put all things under his feet and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of his that filleth all in all.” There was a specific form of government for the New Testament church. Each congregation had its own elders, who had the oversight of the church. (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-3) Each congregation was autonomous or self-governing.
Another characteristic of the New Testament church was its worship. They worshipped God by singing. (Ephesians 5:18-19); praying (1 Corinthians 14:15); eating the Lord’s supper (Acts 20:7); giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2); and teaching God’s Word (Acts 2:42). For some years the church remained true to Christ, but the scriptures foretold of a great falling away. Over a period of several hundred years there were major departures from the faith. We will discuss this in future blogs. Stay tuned!
If we seek to be the church of the Bible, we also need to follow this same pattern. We need to get back to the Bible! If you are interested in studying the Bible, please sign up for our FREE Bible correspondence course.