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God's Plan for His church

Session 2

Stephen Johns

on 6 October 2013

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Transcript of God's Plan for His church

Explicit Decisions by the congregation
Why do we need this?
People may confuse plurality of Elders with Presbyterianism
Church Discipline
Matthew 18:15-20
God's Plan for His church:
Healthy Church Polity

1 Corinthians 5, 2 Corinthians 2:6
Choosing Deacons
Acts 6:3-6
Removing Elders
Understanding Congregational Rule
Many do not know in what areas a congregation is responsible to express their rule
Our culture and flesh emphasize rebellion instead of submission
Our culture emphasizes leadership that answers to the people
A church polity where the congregation expresses the final authority on certain matters
Implied Decisions by the congregation
Galatians 1:6-9
Sending out Missionaries
Acts 11:22, 29-30, 15:40
Adding Members
Choosing Elders
Expressing Their Rule
The vote is not always right
Authority always occurs in the scope of submission
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