Church (Page 3)

Church (Page 3)

Church Attendance and Spiritual Growth

Q.   Is Church Attendance really necessary for spiritual growth? A.   Please carefully consider these thoughts: At salvation the Holy Spirit baptised you into the Body of Christ; He knew precisely where to place you – 1 Cor 12:13. God has set you in the Body as it ‘pleased Him’ 1 Cor 12:18. Would your own choice not frustrate His purpose and grace? With whom would you share the Ministry Christ has invested in you, Eph 4:7, and upon whom would you shower…

Church Alternatives

Q. The majority of Americans believe that alternatives to church are a Biblical way to practice one’s faith. The Christian Post, Feb. 18, 2008, reports that non-church alternatives included activities at home with family (89%); house church (75%); religious TV (69%); and religious Radio (68%). Is Non-Church Worship Biblical?  A.   What a mockery of God’s teaching about the Church! As important as the family is, it is not the Church. And religious TV and Radio cannot take the place of the…

Chorus Leaders vs Bands  

Q. Most Assemblies use chorus leaders at their meetings. Why don’t you favour Bands or Worship Teams? They produce better quality music and singing. A. Let’s consider the purpose of music in the Church. It certainly has a part to play, but what is that part? God is not interested in good music as such; He seeks worshippers and their worship. Of course music may assist us to worship the Lord, but where it becomes more than that, or even…

Care for the Aged

Q. My 81yr old Mom is in hospital with very low blood pressure. The cardiologist is not giving us much hope and we can’t decide about a pacemaker for her. What shall we do? A. If your Mom was strong and healthy before her heart problem, then a pacemaker is a viable consideration. On the other hand, if she was weak and sickly, it would only prolong her poor quality of life. If she loves the Lord, passing on would…

Big Churches and Small Ones

Q. The CAOG seems to go for small churches rather than big ones; is this intentional? A. We cannot design the Church, or its composition or structure. The Lord Jesus alone builds His Church, and each individual Fellowship, as it pleases Him – Matt 16:18, 1 Cor 12:18. We are not persuaded that the Mega-Church path is the way we should, or could take. While not making a doctrine out of this, we see wisdom in the Lord Jesus asking…

Being in Fellowship

Q. I’m a relatively new Christian and come to all the meetings I can. But is this the being “In Fellowship” I hear people talking about? A. The Lord is prompting you into more than you already enjoy; great news! Your Assembly Elders will guide you into a fuller experience in the Body of Christ. However, here are a few pointers to start with: When you were saved, the Holy Spirit baptised you into the Body of Christ and put…

Authority to Act on God’s Behalf

Q. In Genesis 19:13, two angels claim they would destroy Sodom, but verse 24 records that the Lord destroyed it. Why? A. Clearly, Lot understood the angels to be acting as agents of God under His authority. Thus, whatever role the angels would have in the coming destruction, the Lord’s judgment and power were ultimately responsible. The principle of delegation means that when one in authority commands an action, he can rightly be given credit for it, even if he…

Apostolic Vision

Q.What exactly is “the Vision of our Apostolic Brethren” which Golden Greetings aims to support and inspire? A. Assemblies are wise to hear God’s direction from their Elders as they minister in close co-operation with Apostolic Brethren. Indeed they hear from God themselves but, in the wider context of direction, are team players with the Apostolic Brethren. It’s no secret that our Apostolic Brethren are constantly on the run from Convention to Convention, from Assembly to Assembly, in Golden Harvest…