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CHRISTIAN  EXPERIENCE

 There seems to be three great spheres of Christian experience:  Redemption Way,  Church Truth, &
Spiritual Life  (John 14:6).  Most believers can ap-preciate redemption way and spiritual growth, but church truth seems to be much neglected.  We need to value "unity of the faith" and take "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27).
It is not required by God to be gathered in a scriptural assembly, but there is and will be blessing for saints to meet on that ground and  be part of a collective testimony worldwide, as God intended for His church, and by His revival of 1827 AD.  Faithful readers here can gain some understanding of such fellowship, and may desire to be associated to also express the "one body in Christ", embrace "all the counsel of God", and show forth "unity of the faith" by the "Word of Truth".  There is no such thing in the Bible as going to "the church of your choice", as many believers say.   Write to the Site Manager for further understanding and to find a Scriptural fellowship.
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CHURCH TRUTH  is about faithful compliance and conformity to what God intended in Acts 2: 41- 42 at the beginning of the church, and then the Epistles.  It speaks of obeying and honoring God collectively without innovations. One who is saved (Jn.3: 16) ought to follow the Word (see Jn.14:23-24; Jn.17:17; Titus 1:9; Phil. 2:2);  including baptism, the gathering locally, the collective testimony in the world; and obedience to the Word, a Godly walk, the Lord's glory and honor, etc.  A local gathering in accord with Scripture may be near to one to visit, if interested.

From time to time papers will be set forth here and on the Feature Pages herein, concerning various aspects of this truth.  We ought to love all saints everywhere and be a help, even if we cannot walk with all (Amos 3:3).    - RLD
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NOTE: When we speak of a scriptural assembly we need to be prepared to show what it is biblically, and what it is not by the innovations of men. This writer feels free to invite inquiry on each issue or order of Scripture ---and distinguish between what men have invented (and often prefer), and what some of us are holding as true to God's Word and that recovery of 1827 AD. One might disagree, and that is a choice, but Scripture is quite plain as to what God has intended for His testimony in the world. One can write for help herein to find such a fellowship.
 - RLD 08/15
Appreciating Church Function
Understanding Assembly Order Historically

Some thoughts here are to share what is believed to be that which God intended for Church order and its functioning, and to help others appreciate such an order. This writer is concerned that refusal/failure by any true “born again” Christians to EMBRACE THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD, might be to their eternal sorrow at that "Judgment Seat Of Christ" in Heaven (though ignorance is forgivable) ---which refusal might be shown offensive to our God about Church Truth. Bible study of the Church should begin with Acts 2:41-42 for Church beginning, and prayerful reading of the many Epistles to see the order and function of church assemblies; and the Authorized (King James) Version is recommended here for more accuracy in wording. Much further study can be found at BIBLE TRUTH PUBLISHERS, Addison, IL --USA, and at the Internet site: BIBLECOUNSEL.NET.   ---R.L.D.

A. Purpose Of This Overview
  1) To show what some of us believe is true: that God established His church according as it pleased Him, and Christianity in general has failed to appreciate that and maintain His testimony in the world.

  2) To state what seems evident in our present day, that christendom has been deceived by our enemy: Satan, to set forth personal preferences and religious innovations for our convenience, to have something like the church without having to meet God's criteria and expectations.
   3) To encourage unbiased thoughts about God's testimony of His church by real saints of God, who value truth and the honor of the Lord; realizing here that this is quite difficult due to how settled and obligated many souls are to friends, family, etc.; and to keep their religious affiliations, and/or to have a comfortable and pleasant religion that always pleases them. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR FAITHFUL SAINTS TO SEE!
   4) To briefly state first and share what appears to be God’s intention for His Church in the world, and also our expected participation in that testimony, which is essentially showing that the present Christian fellowship from that revival of circa 1800 AD, is a sound testimony of God's recovery out of the bondage and tyranny of the Middle (dark) Ages ---about 500 AD to 1500 AD. The confusion by denominationalism in christendom that followed from that so-called 'Reformation' out of the Roman Catholic Religion, has continued to this day; and we can see that about 300 years beyond circa 1500 AD, God provided a recovery of His intended testimony in the movement and practice of CHURCH TRUTH by the testimony of 1827 AD beginning in Ireland. There is much available information on that at the sources stated above herein, which is important to learn; and to understand this fellowship (often called: The Brethren Movement) has been blessed of God ---in spite of several groups breaking away to produce a variety of imitations embracing either a more liberal or legal variety as some believers preferred. The original fellowship that continues valuing the teachings of the founders as J. N. Darby, and those several brothers in Christ who were part of the recovery of that time.
   5) To look at order and function within a SCRIPTURAL ASSEMBLY for continued "unity of the faith" in Bible-Only, as God enjoins us ---and this must be true to Holy Scripture. 
   6) To avoid debates or argumentation, but to raise fair questions, encourage serious inquiry with prayer, and carefully showing essential things in brief here for Christian order by the Word of God. 

B. Questions To Consider
   1) Is there such a thing as ONE UNIVERSAL BIBLE-ONLY FELLOWSHIP WORLDWIDE gathering today in the world?  Some of us believe there truly is.
   2) Is it acceptable to God for men to set forth various Christian gatherings of their own preferences without regard to all the counsel of God”? 
   3) Can God’s thoughts of unity as “one body in Christ” exist and be expressed in the world today, in accord with the Word of God, without mergers with all man's ideologies or various ideas; or having amalgamations?
   4) Should Christians care about finding and embracing scriptural assemblies in “unity of the faith” worldwide?
   5) Does one believe they are in conformity scripturally with the "Word of God" 

C. A Foundation
   Some foundation subjects we ought to seek to embrace are such as follows:
   1) understanding the church in general from the Scripture, not man’s ideas; 
   2) seeing essential church history from reliable sources (see sources shown herein);  
   3) appreciating the "one body in Christ" in the universal and local aspects as such as 1 Cor. 12:25; etc;  
   4) studying the Word of God as our only authority for the Church;  
   5) holding to Christian unity in truth, not mergers nor independency; 
   6) knowing the gathering place by God's appointment;  
   7) being baptized according to Scripture;  
   8) distinguishing the Lord's table and the Lord's supper for collective worship;  
   9) valuing "all the counsel of God" and be "rightly dividing the Word of Truth";  
   10) defining ministry and ministers; 
   11) bowing to God's government as shown;  
   12) helping the saints and the testimony. 

D. Recommended Sources
  1) Bible Truth Publishers: www.bibletruthpublishers.com – providing sound Bibles, books, literature, & information on Church truth and history.
  2) Web site: www.biblecounsel.net or biblecounsel.homestead.com.
  3) Old Scofield Edition of KJV as a sound Bible for good study source, with cross references and various commentaries; & also the sound JND New Translation (not a Version); sound biblical understanding in the book: Concise Bible Dictionary from Bible Truth Publishers; and allowing in all sources for some errors in all of man's works for no man is perfect.  

E. Issues & Summary
  1) It appears that a faithful follower of Holy Scripture and earnest seeker of the mind of God, should want to seek such a fellowship of Bible-only, as shown here to be in conformity with God's Word.
  2) To pursue this study one must be free from loyalties to the various sectarian systems, with desire to bow fully to the Holy Bible for all scriptural authority, else one will have biases preventing an open and honest inquiry.
  3) What then is the mind of the readers here about this? 
  4) Assistance is available if one desires to study this further to also find God's mind for his/her pathway. 

  - R. DeWitt: CG11;  01/2012 from biblecounsel.net;  add 04/2020.