Category Archives: Church Organization

Denominations: Eastern Orthodox Church (Part 2)

Authority 1.  The Bible They claim high regard for the Bible.  Orthodox Church in America states, “The Bible is central in the life of the church and gives both form and content to the church’s liturgical and sacramental worship, just … Continue reading

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Denominations: Eastern Orthodox Church (Part 1)

Many people divide Christendom into three major branches: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox or Orthodox Catholic, and Protestantism.  The Eastern Orthodox Church is the third largest branch.  It is the second largest denomination in the world.  There are nearly 260 million … Continue reading

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Denominations: Catholic Church (Part 1)

The word ‘denomination’ and related words are used in different ways.  The word ‘denominate’ means “to give a name to” (merrian-webster.com).  The word ‘denominator,’ in mathematics, is used of “the part of the fraction that is below the line that … Continue reading

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Biblical Gender Equality

Let me begin by clarifying what is meant by “gender.”  Cambridge Dictionary’s first listing says, “the male or female sex, or the state of being male or female” (dictionary.cambridge.org).  One certainly can find other definitions.  However, this is how I … Continue reading

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The Church: The Body of Christ

“And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body…” (Ephesians 1:22-23). The book of Ephesians speaks of a body.  There is one body (Ephesians 4:4).  … Continue reading

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Selection and Rejection of Elder, Deacons, and Preachers

Elders We’ve studied the qualifications (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9).  Now, we’ll look at how these men are selected.  Paul and Barnabas are said to have “ordained (appointed NASB/NKJV) elders in every church” in the region of Lystra, Iconium, and … Continue reading

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Qualifications of Preachers

Like elders, preachers are referred to by different terms in the Bible.  Each of these terms reveal much about their role.  They are called: (1) Ministers or servants – Rom. 15:16; 1 Cor. 3:5; 4:1; 2 Cor. 3:6; 6:4; Eph. … Continue reading

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Qualifications of Deacons

The term “deacon” refers to “one who executes the commands of another… a servant, attendant, minister” (Thayer).  Elders, also called Bishops or overseers, oversee the local church; Deacons are their special helpers to whom they delegate certain tasks. Let us … Continue reading

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Qualifications of Elders

They’re called by three different terms.  These terms are descriptive of the nature and work of those men.  (1) Elders/Presbyters (Acts 11:30; 14:23; 15:2; 15:4; 15:6; 15:22; 15:23; 16:4; 20:17; 21:18; 1 Tim. 4:14; 5:17; 5:19; Titus 1:5; James 5:14; … Continue reading

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