TOPIC THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – Models
TEXT Act 6:1-7; 20:18-38; 1Tim 3:1-13
MEMORY VERSE 1Tim 3:15
The Visible Church is a local gathering of Christ’s believers ordered with ministers who officiate among them in the name of Christ (Act 6:1-4; 15:4; Phil 1:1), but the Invisible Church is the universal union of all believers in Christ both living and dead (Heb 12:22-24). The visible, temporal and suffering Church is the local and imperfect expression of the invisible, eternal and universal Church which is both perfect and glorious (1Cor 13:9-12; Eph 4:11-13; 2Pet 3:13-14).
Ministry model of New Testament Church is bicameral (Act 6:2-4; Php 1:1; 1Tim 3:2 & 8) – (i) Ordained Episcopate Clergy for the ministry of the Word and prayers (Logos and Liturgy); and (ii) Elected Lay Diaconate Council for the serving of the table (Logistics). All the presiding and facilitating ministers whether Clergy or Lay in the Church of the New Covenant should be people of superlative integrity and dignity, honesty and honour, who are gifted with wisdom, filled with the Holy Spirit and sound in the doctrine of Christ in order to lead the Church aright (Act 6:1-7; 20:27-32; 1Tim 3:1-13; 2Tim 3:10-17; Tit 1:5-9; 2:1 & 7).
1. Do you notice there are three main administrative models derived from parts of Scriptures and used by various Churches today?
2. To which of these governing models does your home Church belong and on what Scriptures do you think it stands?
(a) Monarchical (appointment by and accountability to Apostle, Bishop, Founder),
(b) Collegial (selection by and accountability to Presbytery, Board of Elders), and
(c) Congregational (election by and accountability to Congregation).
3. What is the importance and purpose of the New Testament Scriptures in relation to New Covenant Salvation? (Luk 1:1-4; 2Tim 3:14-17)
4. How has the ministry, message and mission of the New Covenant been transmitted and preserved through the ages from the Early Church to the present day Church (2Tim 2:2; Tit 1:5; Eph 4:11-12)?