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TL;DR Yes. Everyone is welcome. (Matthew 28:16-20) The apostles were instructed to teach all nations in the Great Commission. There are many other verses that reiterate that everyone is welcome and I could be here all day going through all of them. One of my favorites on the subject is Paul's statement that he became all things to all men so that he might ...


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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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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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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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If appealing to authority is necessary, then you would have to appeal to authority that the brother in the wrong is submitting himself to. In this case, it would need to be someone in his congregation (or its hierarchy of authority). The entire goal of the church discipline described in Mt 18 is to win him over to the truth. He ought to have close ties to ...


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Willow Creek has held an egalitarian stance about women in leadership since their inception. Yesterday Lynne Hybels reposted the chapter in the book mentioned above on her blog. The link is below. I attended Willow for two years in the 1990s and benefitted greatly from the women on the teaching team and the stellar leadership of the mixed-gender elder board. ...


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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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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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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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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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Short answer: Baptists would qualify as a "decentralized" denomination, and from a baptist perceptive, the answer is "we wouldn't deal with brothers from another church/denomination in that manner". More details: Baptists (in general) and other decentralized denominations tend to hold to the autonomy of the local Church. This means a single local ...


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Anyone can join the Catholic Church, as others have said already. However, also as some have mentioned, this is not just a question of ticking a box and signing up. If you just want to attend the Sunday Mass, or even the daily ones during the week, there is absolutely nothing to stop you. You will hear the Bible readings and homilies that hopefully explain ...


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Firstly, you will need your Bishop's approval. However, before that (sorry if that is ironic), you will need to make sure that you have enough people in the area who would like to be in a mission. Enough people? Hmm... Here is a link that has some info. Quoting from it (member David): Here is how most OCA missions have been established in our diocese for ...


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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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Some Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches are named after saints. The Reformed (Calvinistic) Churches, which theologically are very much the same as the Presbyterians (just historical differences, Presbyterianism born in the British Isles and Reformed Churches in the European Continent) very rarely have churches with name of saints, ...


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Within Baptist churches, there tends to be a significant number of ordinal and locational church names, although the modern trend is to eschew both "Baptist" and incorporate more soteriological concepts. So, let me unpack that: Ordinal naming Baptists are a highly missiological group - they want to plant as many churches as they can, and are often highly ...


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Catholic Parishes are faith communities named after a Catholic Saint; a combination of Saijts whose names appear together in the Liturgy of the Mass; a title of Our Lady; or a title of the Holy Trinity. Examples: St. Augustine Parish Sts. Pepetua and Felicity Parish Holy Mother of Consolation Parish Divine Mercy Parish


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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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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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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 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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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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