Christianity Has Always Been An Organized Religion

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If the Church is precious to Jesus, don’t you think He’d want to organize it? I believe the answer is yes and I believe the Scriptures teach that God has given us instructions in His Word about how the church is to be organized.

Mark Dever & Jonathan Leeman do a good job surveying the basic idea.

Does Scripture intend to tell us how to organize our lives together as Christians in churches, or is polity a matter of biblical indifference, so that we are left to figure out our own best practices? “Does this work? What about that? Oops, just crushed a sheep. Anyone got a better idea?”

The New Testament, in fact, is filled with references to polity [church government]. In its pages we find that churches held corporate meetings (Acts 20: 7; Heb 10: 25) and elections (Acts 1: 23– 26; 6: 5– 6). They had officers (Acts 20: 17, 28; Phil 1: 1), practiced discipline (1 Corinthians 5), collected money (Rom 15: 26; 1 Cor 16: 1– 2), gave and received letters of commendation (Acts 18: 27; 2 Cor 3: 1), administered the ordinances (Acts 2: 41; 1 Cor 11: 23– 26), baptized and received members (Matt 28: 19; Acts 2: 47), and more. Clearly God has given directions in his Word about many aspects of the church’s corporate life and structure.

(Taken from Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age (Kindle Locations 281-294). B&H Publishing Group.)

The Christianity of the New Testament is organized. How about yours?

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About Dana Dill

I am a happy slave of Jesus Christ, a thankful husband to Chawna Dill, and the youth pastor of South Shores Church. I'm here on assignment (Acts 20:24).
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