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"Biblical Foundations to the Church"

"Biblical Foundations to the Church"

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Published by Matt Turner
A project that seeks to capture what we believe is going to be the foundation for future church plants.
A project that seeks to capture what we believe is going to be the foundation for future church plants.

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Published by: Matt Turner on Feb 01, 2011
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 by Matt Turner
 
What you are about to read is an ongoing project. I started this project at least a year ago with a friend. One day we began dreamingand talking about what biblical components are missing or neglectedin most churches. Then it evolved into a project that seeks to capturewhat we believe is going to be the foundation for future church plants.
 
I recognize that there can be more detail on certain subjects. This is just a rough draft and the goal is to be concise. Enjoy the read. If youhave any questions or comments, feel free to comment or send me amessage. Please note that the list is not in any particular order.There are many denominations that oppose several of my points. If you have a disagreement please handle that disagreement in ahumble and loving way. I will seek to do the same. Also, if you haveany advice or encouraging words pertaining to the points, I wouldlove to hear all if any that you have...Soli Deo Gloria! ___________________________________________________ 1.
Biblically qualified leaders
(see 1 Timothy and Titus)a.Plurality of male elders/pastors. (Titus 1:5)i.Each would preach/teach regularlyii.Would be responsible for specific number of deacons1.Includes mentorship2.Theological training3.Strong Accountability
 
 
iii.Would be
primarily not exclusively
responsible for the members given to their deacons1.Includes meeting spiritual needsa.biblical counseling b.prayer c.trainingd.accountability2.The Elders would
primarily not exclusively
deal with the spiritual needs whereas theDeacons would deal with the physicaliv.Intense evaluation for those aspiring to the office of eldership
 
 b.Deacons/servant leaders (1Timothy 3)i.Host a small group once a week in the home1.Not teaching but facilitating. Each week thegroup will cover accountability questions andreflect on the passage preached on the Sunday prior.2.Probably assign two deacon families to host thesmall group. One would offer their home andhospitality and the other would lead in thediscussion. Both families would hold one another accountable to serving those God has entrustedthem with.3.Possibly taking the Lord's supper weeklyii.Be intentional about knowing physical needs of the people God has entrusted them
 
iii.Organize and prepare the Sunday fellowship mealc.Possible staff positionsi.Full-time elder(s)ii.Stipends for ministryiii.CPA?iv.Secretaryv.etc.d.Members will have leadershipopportunities/responsibilitiesi.Playing in the bandii.Advertisementiii.Tech.iv.Janitorialv.Say-so in decision makingvi.Secretary, etc.
2.The Gospel would be rightly taught and preached
 
a.There would be a continual focus, clarification and defenseof the Gospel
3.The Word of God would be preached expositionally
4.
Membership process
- perhaps a 4 to 6 months process to become a member a.Five Solas b.Family Worship/Discipleship

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