an organized group of believers that gather together or congregations

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How was the word preached in NT era churches?

In many churches today, the word is preached as follows: a pastor / priest talks for the entirety of the meeting (generally 1 hour) a large group of Christians listen. In the Watchmen Nee inspired ...
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Are elders needed to have an “ordered” church?

Are elders needed in a local church in order for it's structure to be "ordered"? It seems that Paul was implicitly telling Titus that his work in the churches wasn't finished until elders are ...
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Are there any major Protestant denominations that meet every day and are together all the time like the early church was?

To my knowledge, most Protestant denominations (Baptist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Non-denom, etc...) structure their church to meet once a week, with maybe a bible-study once a week as well. Though I ...
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Why does only one person “teach” during a church meeting?

Consider these scriptures: "And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing ...
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What are the essential components of a Protestant evangelical church?

What are the essential attributes of a church, according to the Bible as interpreted by Protestant evangelical traditions? I've started a list but feel that it is incomplete: Ministries Missions ...
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Why do adherents in laestadianism consider watching television and listening popular music as sin?

Why do adherents in laestadianism consider watching television and listening popular music as sin? Is this true? I don't know, but I got that idea from this Travel Guide. Especially younger ...
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Do non-Catholics ever have the priest visit the sick parishioners and deliver them communion?

Do non-Catholics ever have the priest visit sick parishioners and deliver them communion? I don't know, but I think it's pretty cool that Catholics have this sort of pastoral care built into their ...
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In what denomination of Christ can I find these types of events? [closed]

In what denomination of Christ can I find these types of events? 1) Prophesy that can convince me by all that I am convicted by all? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person ...
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Extra activities in the church [closed]

After having spent the week working, what should I give greater priority on the weekend ( Saturday and Sunday)? getting involved in some extra activity in the church, in addition Sunday services, or ...
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How does a baptismal certificate work?

How does a baptismal certificate work? Why do you even need a certificate? Would other churches disqualify your baptism, or disallow you from participating in other sacraments, if you happen to lose ...
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Which Christian churches have an entirely unpaid/lay clergy?

Of those Churches what is their form of governance that allows them to run smoothly lacking fulltime ecclesiastical professionals? How does one ascend into a leadership role in the Church?
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What is a non-denominational church?

Some xtians claim a nondenominational church is better. However, as a scientist i like to see all angles of the story: I was under the impression that since all xtians dont belong to ONE CHURCH, ...
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Does “gospel-preaching church” have a shared meaning?

Does "gospel-preaching church" have a shared meaning among Christians? What is it supposed to mean, and what are the signs of this "gospel-preaching church"? Is the term a tautology? Or is the ...
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Do churches host distinctive, special services on Christmas, Christmas eve, and Easter?

I have read before that some (nominal) Christians only attend worship services on Christmas and Easter. Are there anything special about those two holidays that compel them to attend church during ...
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Ensuring Consistent Personal Christian Growth [closed]

I am a Christian and also working as a Software Developer, The Church district I attend is far from my work place so I sometimes find it difficult going to Church, Although I listen to the live ...
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What is the true Church? [closed]

I am going to the Catholic church, but do not believe in the right to pray for the dead.I respect and honor Saint Mary as the example of living faith, but can't pray to her to pray for me. Should I ...
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What is or are the mechanism(s) behind the naming conventions for a church building or organization?

What is or are the mechanism(s) behind the naming conventions for a church building or organization in a denomination, say Presbyterianism? This question can be reworded as "When churches assign ...
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How did the Willow Creek church come to allow and encourage women in leadership?

The Willow Creek Community Church has long had a policy of both men and women in leadership roles - which was (and is still) counter to what many other churches teach. From their site: We believe ...
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How do decentralized churches/denominations practically deal with “brothers” from another denomination in light of Matthew 18:17

"If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every ...
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Does the Bible prescribe any rules for who may attend and “join” a Catholic church?

What are the "rules" of a Catholic church? I wanted to start attending Church a few years ago (I wasn't brought up in a religious family - but I was baptized) and the lady at the Church basically told ...
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What are the requirements for establishing an Eastern Orthodox church or mission?

As a former parish council member of a recently founded Catholic mission, I'm somewhat familiar with the process of establishing a Catholic mission/church within the parameters of canon law. What is ...
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What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?

I grew up in a non-denominational church and was heavily involved until a few years ago. Some of my personal beliefs don't agree with the commonly accepted "core doctrines" of Christianity (which is ...
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Why go to Church? [closed]

There are many different cases where biblical Christianity and the institutions of Christendom are not the same. More than I'd like to be forced to spell out here. Either way, why should a Christian ...
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Why do most churches meet on Sunday? [duplicate]

Most protestant churches (and possibly Roman Catholic churches?) have their main public meetings on Sundays. Why Sunday? Note: I'm not asking why do Christians celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday, but ...
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Masses timetable [closed]

I'm sorry if this is not the right place where asking this question. I'm trying to set up a database of cult (or masses) timetables all over the world, starting from Italy, and I would need some ...
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Do any Christian denominations have any policies to prevent nepotism?

Nepotism: The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, esp. by giving them jobs. In the secular world giving a friend a salaried position over another person ...
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Are Christians required to believe the teachings of their own denomination?

My friend is struggling right now to discern what is right and wrong in the Church and his Christian life. He has been brought up in a Catholic church where he had learned about Jesus and what he did ...
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When did the one-way monologue sermon first become a normal feature of church assemblies?

Of course Jesus preached a lot of monologue sermons, but I have noticed that Jesus did not usually preach sermons like nearly every church does today. He never seems to have, or at least rarely ...
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What is the difference between a church and a social club?

There is a popular line that exists in sermons (heck, I've even preached it myself!) that says something to the effect of "a church is not a social club." A church is not the local Kiwanis, it is not ...
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What traditions fully embrace the concept of a “local parish church”?

As far as I understand it, the concept of having parishes and parish churches means that regions are divided up geographically, that each region will have a church that is specifically dedicated to ...
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Church Giving to the Poor

The Bible and Jesus clearly speak of giving money to the church and in turn fellow Christians should give up all they have and look out for one another. So my question is why does this not happen now ...
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What is the New Testament “process” for doing a church plant?

Given that new churches are to be started (eg the ministry of the Apostle Paul in partial fulfillment of the Great Commission), what is the New Testament model or process for how this should be done? ...
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What is the “homogenous unit principle” of church growth?

Fred Clark wrote in his blog entry Suburban is not the same as theologically conservative (17 July 2012): The suburbanization of American Christianity has altered our theology in other fundamental ...
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Are non-Anglican Protestant churches ever named after extra-biblical saints?

Catholic and Orthodox Churches are often named after saints because we believe in the communion of Saints and like to put our congregations under some sort of patronage. I've seen Episcopal churches ...
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Why don't we dance?

At my old church (PCA) occasionally there would be a few women who would dance at the front of the sanctuary. Later, after leaving the church, I began to feel a little bit biased against that dancing ...
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What is the earliest Christian use of a worship leader?

Music directors existed in Old Testament times (see these 56 references). But was there such a thing as what we now call a worship leader in Christian (New Testament and early church) times? Or is it ...
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When and how did men and women start sitting together in church?

As I understand it, the early church began in homes but then at some point (it's another question) started meeting together in larger meetings. My question is: did men and women sit together from the ...
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Does Calvary Chapel assume everything is wrong in this world?

(I ask this question because my only exposure to Jesus has been through Calvary Chapels for many years.) If you attend Calvary Chapel (or ever listened to the radio station K-WVE broadcasted ...
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What guidelines should be followed using spiritual gifts?

What guidelines should be followed if using spiritual gifts in a church setting today?
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Is it fair to say that Baptists have a liturgy?

One distinctive of Baptists and many other congregational churches is that they have no prescribed method of worship. Unlike, say, an Episcopalian or a Roman Catholic, there is no prayer book and no ...
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What Biblical support is there for a non-Churched Christianity?

I'm interested in people who say "I'm a Christian, but I don't go to church." I understand the sentiment - it really fits in well with the "spiritual, but not religious" Zeitgeist, and it seems to ...
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Who determines church dedications?

In some of the more traditional denominations - certainly Catholicism and Anglicanism, to name two - churches or church buildings are named after "saints". This is in contrast to the more evangelical ...
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Why do adherents to the priesthood of all believers still have organized congregations?

I might be making some naive assumptions here, but I have a hard time seeing what the purpose of congregations are in the context of priesthood of all believers. As I understand it, priesthood of all ...
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Can you be a Christian and not go to church? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I have to attend church every Sunday? Simply put, can you be a true christian and not go to church? Or is it a mandate to go to church on Sundays?
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Absent apostolic succession, what is the argument for the authority of the church?

I realize that Catholics believe in apostolic succession, and that they were explicitly given authority by Jesus himself. In other denominations, what, if anything, other than the choice made by its ...
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Should I condemn a church that might be teaching wrong doctrine?

I used to attend one church which felt quite weird for me. Here are a few things that I don't agree with: Everybody can speak in tongues. The steps are, first you need somebody to pray with you so ...
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If our body is the church, why should we go to a place called church?

In the old testament days, God asked Moses to construct a place for Him to reside. Exodus 25:8 (NKJV) And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them But in New testament, We ...
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What are some of the benefits of going to church?

This question struck me last Sunday at church. People usually talk about the abstract benefits of prayer and proving things etc, but I'm asking this question because over the many years I've been ...
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Why should I choose one particular congregation or denomination?

Assuming that one believes in an almighty Lord, why should one choose a particular Christian congregation or denomination? For example, why should one choose to serve God by helping the poor through ...
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Can Elders of a church be young?

I am referring to 'Elders' in the sense of 1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV) : 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and ...