Jesus Is The Answer Ministry

The Church

THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

All who are born again are members of the universal church, which is the Body and Bride of Christ. (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:25b; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 3:15)

 

THE LOCAL CHURCH

PURPOSE The local church is a body of believers in Christ who have joined together to function as a part of the universal church. The local church is ordained by God and provides a context in which believers corporately worship God, observe the ordinances of the church, are instructed in the faith and are equipped for the evangelization of the world. (Acts 14:23; 1 Cor. 16:19; John 4:23; Acts 20:7; Acts 1:8; 11:19-24; 2 Tim. 2:2; 1 Pet. 5:2)

 

ORDINANCES

THE LORD'S SUPPER The Lord's Supper is a symbol, memorial and proclamation of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. This ordinance of communion is to be participated in by believers until Christ's return. (Matt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-26)

 

WATER BAPTISM

Water baptism signifies the believer's identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection and is practised by immersion. (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, 41; 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5)

 

MINISTRY

A divinely called and ordained ministry is the provision of the Lord to give leadership to the church as it fulfils its purposes. (Acts 6:2b-4c; 13:2-4a; 14:23; Eph. 4:8,11-13)

 

TITHING

Tithing was divinely instituted by God under the old covenant and was compulsory upon the people who worshiped God. Under the new covenant we are not bound by arbitrary laws; but the principles of right and wrong, as expressed by the law, are fulfilled in the believer's life through grace. Grace should produce as much as, or more than, law demanded. Regular systematic giving is clearly taught in the New Testament. It is known as the grace of giving. The gauge or rule of this systematic giving is defined in the Old Testament, known as the law of tithing. All Christians should conscientiously and systematically tithe their income to God. (Lev. 27:30-32; Mal. 3:10; 2 Cor. 9:6-15)

 

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