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Church Pattern

2010 February 14

God’s pattern is that each congregation will function independently.  Therefore, each congregation is established with more than one elder (Titus 1:5) that oversees the affairs of the congregation (1 Timothy 5:17), prepares God’s people for works of service (Ephesians 4:12), and shepherds and protects the flock (1 Peter 5:2).  These men are made elders by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28) and must give an account (Hebrews 13:17) to Jesus Christ.

The congregation selects men from within the congregation who are “full of the Spirit” to serve as deacons (Acts 6:3).  These men work under the oversight of the elders, to perform the work of serving by leading, organizing and carrying out the work.  Evangelists, also under the oversight of the elders, preach the Word and are prepared in season and out of season to correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction (2 Timothy 4:2).

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