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Importance of Church Government

Why is it important? Why spend time on this? Why has it been neglected?

Jeremy Raper

on 22 March 2015

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How does studying church government and church leadership help me?
Levels of Doctrinal Importance
Turning Point
Why is the study of Church Government important?
Importance of Church Government


What might be some examples?
Church government provides organization to the church.
Knowing this doctrine helps my life line up with God's truth.
The foundations that make us Christian
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Absolutely non-negotiable for our Faith
Concepts that shape our understanding of the nature and ministry of the church
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Area that defines the differences in religious denominations
Ideas that are important but can be matters of different opinion
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"agree to disagree" within the same Church
Look at the early church
Regular meetings
Concern for orderliness in all aspects of church life
Other practices of the New Testament church
specifically Acts 2-6
Hebrews 10:25
John 20:19, 26
1 Corinthians 16:2
1 Corinthians 14:40
Colossians 2:5
1 Thessalonians 5:14
2 Thessalonians 3:6, 7
Acts 18:24-28 Romans 15:24
2 Corinthians 3:1, 8:6-9:5
Philemon 9-12 1 Timothy 5:9
Church government demonstrates the Church's submission to Christ.
The issue of church government is most visibly seen in the lordship of Christ.
The Church exists under His lordship (Matt 16:18)
Christ claims all authority for Himself and commissions the Church to make disciples (Matt 28:18-20)
Christ appoints and gifts those who are to minister within the Church (Eph 4:7, 11; 1 Cor 12:5-6)
One of the ways we demonstrate His lordship in our lives: He is head of the Church (Eph 1:22, 5:23; Colossians 1:18)
Church government shapes the church.
It shapes the offices of the church.
It shapes church membership.
It shapes church discipline.
It shapes the church's ministries.
Who can hold the offices of leadership in a church?
Who can become a member and how?
What authority do they have?
How is one removed from church membership?
What problems will the church address and who will address them?
Who sets the direction of the church?
What do committees do?
Who keeps track of the ministries?
Church government is a doctrine of the church.
Beginning of the Church
Definition of the Church
Purposes of the Church
Officers of the Church
Role of the Church
Ordinances of the Church
Fellowship of the Church
Leadership of the Church
Mission of the Church
Rapture of the Church
History of the Church
The short answer?
This is discipleship...and we are in the business of making disciples.

Pastors are to teach sound doctrine, which includes the doctrine of the church.
Knowing the doctrine of the church helps me encourage others.
Titus 1:9
1 Tim 4:16
Titus 2:1
Knowing the doctrine of the church will protect me from wrong beliefs.
Colossians 2:6-8
Knowing the doctrine of the church helps me to defend Christianity.
Philippians 1:16
Knowing the doctrine of the church helps me fulfill the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:19, 20
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