New Testament Church vs the traditional church
There are four things you see in the New Testament church (and AHF) that is rarely seen in the modern traditional church
- All the saints sought the Lord’s will and came to an agreement, being led by the Spirit. One man did not lead the church, it was guided by elders. Never forget…the veil was ripped from top to bottom. NO ONE now stands between you and the Lord. Authority was based on respect, rather than position. EVERY believer is a priest and a minister of God and there are not two classes of people: clergy and laity. There is only one class: BELIEVER! EVERYONE has a gift and EVERY believer has a ministry (1 Peter 4:10 11). The Body of Christ is NOT to be one man speaking on behalf of many…but many speaking on the behalf of ONE MAN.
- They met in houses. The concept of a “building” to meet in was an Old Testament principle that was revisited and renewed by the Roman Catholic Church. The “church” is not a building. YOU are the church.
- There was a time of sharing, prayer, fellowship and worship at every meeting. The time was guided by elders but not limited to their input alone….everyone participated for the building up of the church (the Body of Christ) – 1 Cor. 14:264.
- They ate communion together….every Sunday evening….and during the week.