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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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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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Do I have to attend church every Sunday?

I used to be an avid church-goer, but as of late I haven't had the chance. This is primarily because of my scouting activities, which take place Sunday mornings (the same time the church service takes ...
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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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Why should I choose one particular congregation or denomination? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 ...
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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

In 1957, Pope Pius XII gave permission to St. James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel to celebrate the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass of Pope Pius V in some part in Hebrew. In ...
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Should I condemn a church that might be teaching wrong doctrine? [closed]

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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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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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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Why does any Archbishop get to decide if alligator is okay for Lent?

NPR ran an interesting piece about the saga of whether or not Catholics could eat alligator on Fridays during Lent. According to the story, an alligator merchant by the name of Jim Piculas advocated ...
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Is "Mary Queen of the Universe" a recognized title for the Virgin Mary in Catholicism?

There is a Catholic Church near where I lived called "Mary Queen of the Universe" (Link). It seems from their website it's a shrine for Mary. The name of this does not make much sense to me if it is ...
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What are some of the benefits of going to church? [closed]

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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Can I go to church on the internet? [closed]

Is it enough for me to watch a sermon online every Sunday? I have some Christian friends that I spend time with and we pray together sometimes. I study the Bible on my own and listen to my favorite ...
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Do LDS believers not accept any others who self-identify as 'Christian'?

I have a question, following on from the previous question in which is quoted : The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth. ...
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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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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 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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What is the difference between a church and a social club? [closed]

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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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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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 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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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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Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions?

I received an email today from someone who has, thus far, complied with Government advice, concerned that prolonged lockdown conditions or 'semi-lockdown' conditions (which pose significant ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever attempted a local substitute for the word Amen?

The suffix 'Amen' has been in use in the prayers of virtually all Christian denominations across the world, though the pronunciation differs from place to place. Given that the names of God and Jesus ...
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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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Which Episcopal Conferences set alternatives for abstinence on Fridays?

The canon law requires Catholics to hold every Friday (except certain solemnities) as a abstinence day (e.g. abstaining from meat), but also grants the episcopal conferences the possibility to require ...
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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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What is the significance of a church being "consecrated"?

Related to this question. I've split it into two questions because I didn't want to ask too much in one go. My local parish church has a sign out the front which says "Australia's oldest consecrated ...
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Why are church leaders called "Father"?

Could anyone explain to me why some groups of Christians call their leaders "Father"?
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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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According to Catholicism, is repeatedly visiting a Protestant church a mortal sin?

I am Catholic and have been visiting a Protestant church for the last 2 months. According to Catholicism, did I commit a mortal sin by visiting this church?
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What are the general categories of benefits of being part of a denomination?

It seems most Protestant churches fall under one of two umbrellas: denominational or independent. What is the general rationale for a Protestant church to be part of a denomination rather than being ...
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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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How does a baptismal certificate work? [closed]

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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What is a non-denominational church? [closed]

Some Christians claim a non-denominational church is better. However, as a scientist I like to see all angles of the story: I was under the impression that since all Christians don't belong to one ...
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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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What type of church or Christian would a Rob Bell follower be or attend?

I am a Rob Bell follower in the sense that I believe his teaching brings value and are intellectual, and his way of looking at the faith and the Bible make the most sense without just using "that is ...
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How should Reformed people deal with Wrong doctrine? [closed]

Question for Calvinists/Reformed people! There are some teachers in my Evangelical church who teach Salvation by works to the children in the church. Their Justification for this is make the ...
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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? [closed]

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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How is the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul celebrated in the domestic church, that is, within the Catholic family in Malta?

The Catholic Archdiocese of Malta celebrates the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul on February 10 each year. I would like to know if the domestic church has any traditional ways of celebrating this ...
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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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Does there exist within the Catholic Church a church, cathedral or even an altar dedicated to the Holy Spirit?

Does there exist within the Catholic Church a church, cathedral or even an altar dedicated to the Holy Spirit? With the recent events occurring in Turkey about Hagia Sophia I was wondering if there is ...
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The calling and experience of Ministry [closed]

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the formal 'membership' requirements that some Baptist churches have?

When I have been looking for a church to congregate, I have found that there are different ideas about membership. Some churches require a letter of transfer. Other churches need to see my behavior ...
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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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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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How universal are the "color" masses in the Catholic Church?

In my diocese we have certain "color" masses: Red for legal profession Blue for Police and First Responders White for health care professionals. I also saw something about a Green mass for farmers, ...
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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 ...