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I attended meetings of the Vineyard for a period of a year and the members there exercised the gifts of the Spirit, with multiple people, one at a time, giving revelation and prophesying, tongues and interpretations. Then they bunched together and prayed for healings for the afflicted. I attended a Brethren-inspired gathering for about 8 years. There, they ...


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Baptismal certificates are still used by Churches for whom Trinitarian baptism is important. This is so that they can be certain that someone has been validly baptised. The Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Churches recognise each other’s baptisms and those of many other denominations as a valid, once-for-all and transferable sacrament. But it can only be ...


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A non-denominational church is exactly what it sounds like. It is a Church that doesn't adhere to any earthly authority other than maybe the local Pastor at that Church. It doesn't recognize any denominational authority, just that of God and His Word. I'd like to also address this portion of your question as well: I was under the impression that since ...


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Many years ago, before governments were in the habit of providing live birth documentation and proof of identity, a baptismal certificate was valid proof of citizenship. Because people didn't move around, churches took upon themselves the responsibility to know the souls in their area, and kept register of the same. For the previous generation, where not ...


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Quakers and Mormons have no paid staff in their local assemblies. In the national bodies, however, there is usually some renumeration or support, in order to retain staff. The truth is that very few would consider it wise to have a national organization without any accountability, which is what an all-volunteer lobby would be. Additionally, many more ...


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Evangelizing as a church activity Act 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures Act 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. Paul spreads the Gospel to the Jews first and then to the Gentiles. Visiting the sick and ...


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The late John Wimber started a group of churches called the Vineyard Fellowship, and at least two of the fellowships I've attended had a special time Sunday evenings where they allowed God to move among them with the gifts of 1 Cor. 12 in the order of 1 Cor. 14, in which that passage appears. You may find these kinds of occurrences among charismatic ...


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It was apparently one person doing the speaking for at least until the churches were well established. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted. Matthew 28:18 through 20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, ...


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I believe what you cited is the intended example and would love to experience some of the things mentioned by @Steve. However, there are some examples of a single speaker, including just about every time Jesus spoke publicly after a certain point: And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. (Mark 12:34b) The primary example of a single ...


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The Laestadian Lutheran Church (LLC), the American branch of the Laestadians, defines sin by quoting Ro. 14:23 saying sin is "whatsoever is not of faith". One reason they think it's sinful is that there's a whole lot on TV and in popular music that meets that criterion. And since it is part of their mission to promote "Christian values and ethics", seeing ...


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The term is not one that has an official definition across the board. However, there are two meanings that are generally implied by the phrase. One is a bit.. inflammatory, even if it's not really "meant to be taken that way". It is tied up with the idea (common to most Christians) that some Churches are preaching a false "gospel". (I say it's common to ...


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Typically, yes, most denominations how special services on Christmas eve, and some, possibly, on Christmas day. (More details coming.) In Catholic Churches, there is the Midnight Mass. There's also Christmas Vespers for several denominations including the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican Churches. The LDS Church has some unique ...


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Having been brought up in a nondenominational church (which shall remain nameless), I have an appreciation for that particular method of church polity. Interestingly, the local church of my formative years was very similar to numerous (thousands, really) other local churches which held to a similar tradition. The ties between these local churches were ...


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Coming from a Plymouth Brethren background, I can speak to the experience of growing up in a church movement which eschewed ordaining ministers and employing them as fulltime servants within local churches. Wikipedia has a decent overview of the Plymouth Brethren, a movement which began in the late 1820s in Dublin, Ireland and quickly spread to Plymouth, ...


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A church sermon can include many topics: history, language, society, morals, ethics, relationships, psychology, and more. None of these things are wrong in and of themselves, and yet if a sermon consists only of these things, that sermon is deficient. A gospel-preaching church will aim to always make the core of their sermons be the Christian gospel, out of ...


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Robert Warren has written the Healthy Churches Handbook, which provides a checklist for identifying the health of a church. The Seven Marks of a Healthy Church are listed in Appendix 4 and have been summarised by the Diocese of London: Energized by faith rather than just keeping things going or trying to survive • worship and ...


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The Church of England does this. It's an important part of the clergy's ministry to their little bit of the country — and they will go to anyone resident in the parish who would receive communion in the Church of England but can't (so it's not restricted to actual members of the Church of England). Although the Church of England is the established ...


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The two passages you cite from Acts involve may involve very different models of Christian life. The former describes how some Christians lived, the latter describes what some Christians did. The citation from Acts 2 involves people who lived together, if not in the same structure, then at least in very close proximity. Religious life [Note: the use of the ...


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I find your question as stated quite perplexing in view of the references that you give. Your question asks if the elders are necessary for and ordered church, while your references all distinguished them as two separate actions. In order to better understand your question I have done some research into what constitutes an orderly church and what are the ...


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Acts 2:42 gives us four components of the first local church in Jerusalem. In bullet-point format: "[The Jerusalem saints] were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching . . . fellowship . . . breaking of bread . . . prayer." These four components are foundational in any local church. The Apostles' Teaching At first, ...


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It is common in the Christian Churches, Churches of Christ, and Disciples of Christ. These are part of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.


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First, a Christian Denomination is a group of congregations which has joined together to share a common confession of faith. A non-denominational church is simply a single congregation which has it's own unique confession of faith. Or, in other words, it is its own denomination consisting of a single congregation. I think this LCMS FAQ answer may also be ...


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My answer has a purely anecdotal basis. Being a "boomer," I am more than a little familiar with the tension which existed in my formative years--the 50s and 60s--between two distinct flavors of ethos within the nationwide Christian church in America. On the one hand, there were the "social gospelers." These were self-confessed Christians of various ...


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Matthew 6:33-34 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. 34 So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Each day has enough of its own troubles." Matthew 6 25-32 “On this account I say to you: Stop being anxious about your lives as to ...


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The following that you mentioned: Christian doctrines like - Quiet Time - Going to Church - Reading the Bible and even Praying These are not doctrines at all. Those are rituals that Christians do. The doctrines are the reasoning behind those and faith is the motivation behind those. So doing the rituals without understanding the reasons and without ...


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One thing I think we should recognize is that while the sermon on the mount seems to be a monologue. Look at how short it is! Five minutes and it's over. At most churches the pastor preaches for 20 -30 minutes. I've asked others what did the pastor preach about on days when I missed and they couldn't even recall the topic oftentimes. So, for the purpose ...


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Specifing "Christian " eliminates going to the O.T. as that is Jewish tradition and starts the search in Acts and more specifically Antoch where the term was first used. If one looks at the modern day use of the term "Worship Leader" reconising that it is a relatively new position in the church, the following is a good guide. Contemporary worship and ...


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To begin with I will apologize because I am not an academic and consider myself to have a very simple faith in Jesus which is the perspective I will share from... For some people attending "a church" is not an enjoyable experience and is not something that they regularly do, but this doesn't mean they choose not to be a part of "The Church". A lot of men ...


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I'm an exchurcher who was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, left it in my teens, and tried the Protestant Church for awhile until I realized church doctrine contradicts scripture. The word "church" is an intentional mistranslation of the Greek "ekklesia," literally "out-called" which should be translated "ecclesia." The Roman Empire corrupted Christianity ...


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The benefit of having hard core evidence that you do actually THINK of Jesus. Or should I take your word for it? I guess you can think of any scapegoat to get yourself out of any commandment in the Bible. Except taking communion - remembering Christ Jesus. It is in fact Holy. 1 Corinthians 11:27 NET, for Catholicism and Protestantism. For this reason, ...



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