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Ascertaining accurate total numbers is difficult. The Methodist church is greatly divided. There are 23 separate Methodist bodies in the U.S. alone (Frank S. Mead and Samuel S. Hill, Handbook of Denominations, p. 159). “The World Methodist Council is made … Continue reading →
Name There are different ideas which have been set forth for the origin of the name Baptist. (1) A few Baptists claim that the name is God-given. It was given to John because of his mission. Also, it is the … Continue reading →
At the beginning of the 21st century, there were about 2.4 million Congregationalists worldwide (congregationalism, britannica.com). There are about 802 thousand members of the United Church of Christ in the U.S.A. (2020 Statistical Report, ucc.org). The top states for UCC … Continue reading →
Authority 1. The Bible “The Bible is acknowledged as the ‘ground’ on which any expression of Christian faith must be founded” (A Building With Foundations, anglicancommunion.org). “Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read … Continue reading →
Name The name Lutheran appears to have first been used by Catholic opposition. One Lutheran source says, “It is a mistake if it is believed that Lutherans took this name for themselves. History reports to us instead that they were … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
What are the duties of each? How do these positions inter-relate? Let’s study. Elders Elders possess God-given authority over the local church (Hebrews 13:17). This authority may be likened unto that of a father in the house (1 Timothy 3:4-5). … Continue reading →