Week5_4Organization_of_a_Church - XIV. ORGANIZATION OF A...

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XIV. O RGANIZATION OF A C HURCH The church is both an organism and an organization. As an organism, it is a reflection of the life and power of the Lord Jesus Christ who indwells it. As an organization, it is the result of believers assembling together to carry out the Great Commission. The foundation for church organization comes out of the term “order,” as in “church order.” “The word ‘order’ occurs four times in connection with the proper direction and control of church affairs . . . (1 Cor 11:34; 14:40; . . . Col 2:5; Titus 1:5). The Greek word for order is taxis , from the verb tasso . It is primarily a military term that was commonly used to express the most precise and exact order. It was commonly used of ‘drawing up in rank and file, order or disposition of an army.’. . . This order is to be evidenced in the use of spiritual gifts and in the application of the principles of church government. i No group or people can exist socially for very long without having some basis of agreement. There are those who claim the church is just a fellowship. The local church has fellowship, but there is a greater purpose and a more binding relationship among its members. Some churches are loosely organized with non- technical relationships, without written records, lists of members, or formal choice of officers. These have some form of “order,” but organization does not seem essential to them. Other churches are highly organized with leadership rules, committees, and systems of accountability. The question remains, “How much organization is found in the early New Testament church?” A. WHY ORGANIZE THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH? This section is not included to discuss organizational types of church structures, but to examine a more elementary question. Was the New Testament Church organized, and how did it express its organization? 1 . The church had definite stated meetings (Acts 20:7). Regular meetings require some sort of group understanding concerning purpose and the way individuals will relate to one another. Since the early church met on a regular basis, there was internal agreement/ organization among the members. 2
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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2011 for the course PHIL 104 B taught by Professor Aidoo during the Spring '11 term at Liberty.

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