'Church' Tagged Posts

'Church' Tagged Posts

Which Meeting is Least Necessary?

Q.    In our Fellowship we have many meetings and interest groups, but I can’t attend them all. How can I know which to miss?  A.    Life is filled with pressures more than we can handle, and it is a wise person who learns early to be selective, even amongst good and noble pursuits. We just can’t do it all. Being overcommitted soon leads to neglecting important areas like…

Vital Meetings

Q.   I heard that the Breaking of Bread is the most important meeting so it’s OK if I don’t always get to the others. Is this right? A.   Certainly NOT! Hebrews 10:25 says you must not stop gathering with God’s people – especially as Jesus’ Return draws near. The Lord Jesus specially instituted four specific kinds of gathering to bring you to maturity and honour His Name.…

Value Smaller Assemblies

Q.   How do smaller Assemblies feature in the bigger picture?  A.   When Jesus fed ‘the five thousand’, the number could actually have been larger than double 5,000 according to the ‘besides women and children’ comment. While the Lord appeals to the whole world, and draws crowds in some instances, He deals primarily with the individual and then corporately with the Body…

The Most Important Meeting

Q.   I heard that the Breaking of Bread is the most important meeting so it’s OK if I don’t always get to the others. Is this right? A.   Certainly NOT! Hebrews 10:25 says you must not stop gathering with God’s people – especially as Jesus’ Return draws near. The Lord Jesus specially instituted four specific kinds of gathering to bring you to maturity and honour His Name.…

Spiritual Covering

Q. Our pastor believes he needs a “spiritual covering” and has chosen another pastor of a big church to be his pastor. Is this right? A. A Church should not operate independently. God teaches that Elders who are in submission to an apostolic ministry should lead churches. Another pastor may provide good fellowship but not the apostolic care necessary.  

Significance of Smaller Assemblies

Q.   How do smaller Assemblies feature in the bigger picture?  A.   When Jesus fed ‘the five thousand’, the number could actually have been larger than double 5,000 according to the ‘besides women and children’ comment. While the Lord appeals to the whole world, and draws crowds in some instances, He deals primarily with the individual and then corporately with the Body…

Questioning and Criticising Leaders

Q.   I’ve heard that we’re not allowed to question or criticise leaders. Is this so? 1 Chron 16:20-22 has been quoted. A.   When we come into fellowship in an Assembly, it is understood that we submit to the authority of the Elders God has placed in leadership. They bear responsibility for the believers before the Lord – Heb 13:17; ‘they watch for your souls’ and must…

Optional Meetings

Q.   I’m amazed that so many people pay scant attention to meetings. They come to those they like and ignore others they feel are optional. Are there optional meetings? A.   What does God’s Word say to you? What does the Holy Spirit say to you? What do your oversight brethren say about the matter? If you really want me to elaborate, please ask again and I will. But answer…

Missions are Biblical

Q.   You seem to place great emphasis on Missions. But, seriously, how important is this activity? Is it Biblical? Is it actually relevant?  A.   If one were to take the Bible and God’s heart seriously, one would suggest that the Church actually does not place enough emphasis on Missions. Jesus’ Great Commission makes that very clear; He says in Matt 28:18-20, … Go ye…

Missions and Ladies

Q.   Why don’t women go on Mission with the Teams?       A.   Ladies could be a great help on Mission, but our present resources are limited. Each lady would exclude a vital ministering brother. Teams go into rural areas and use tents for overnight stints. Sisters would require more equipment, more space on our limited transport. Finally, the health, hygiene, washing and…