The Eleven Essential Elements

Of A

New Testament Church

These are the identifying marks of true New Testament Churches down through the ages of Darkness and confusion

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  • It must have begun at the right time. It must have the correct origin. During the ministry of Jesus Christ. Matt. 4:18-25, Matt. 16:18-20, Matt. 28:18-20 It must have the right founder - Jesus Christ. 1Peter 2:4-8
  • This church must have the right rules of faith and practice, the Bible. ... 2Timithy 3-16-17, 2Peter 1:20-21
  • Assembly - Ekklessia - Ones called out Matt. 16:18, Eph. 3:21 It is the assembly not a church building, cathedral ,moed synagogue, or the place of worship. It is the congregation.
  • It must have the right government (polity). All members are equal. Matt. 24:20, Matt. 23:5-12 Must have a congregational government.
  • It must have the right members - saved people. Eph. 2:21, 1Peter 2:5
  • It must have the right ordinances, Baptism and the Lords Supper. Baptism is to be immersed in water, i.e. Johns Baptism, not sprinkled or poured on. Matt 28:18-20, Matt. 11:12-13
  • It must have the right officers - Pastors and Deacons. 1Tim. 3:1-16

  • It must have the right work objectives - Making disciples, baptizing, and teaching the rules of the kingdom. Matt. 28:18-20
  • It must have the right financial plan - Tithes and offerings. 1Cor. 9:14
  • It must have the right means of propagation and defense. 2 Cor. 10:4, Eph. 6:10-20 Spiritual weapons, not carnal or not by the power of the state.
  • It must have independence from all earthly powers. It must be sovereign and have absolute separation of church and state. Matt. 22:21