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 A CENTER CIRCLE      

DO THE READERS KNOW of those believers in Christ holding that recovery of church truth in AD 1827--- endeavoring to continue the expression of the "one body in Christ" worldwide in the scriptural order, as intend -
ed by God for "unity of the faith"----rather than independency, mergers, and sectar-ianism?   Does one want to know?  Such a fellowship does exist today.  SEE THE SITE 
MANAGER for a brief history.
Some thoughts here especially for the faithful saints who value Bible-only , who earnestly desire to be faithful to our Lord and His Word (Mt.18:20; Acts 20:27).  See also other pages listed below for some thoughts.   Write to the Site Manager if one has questions or comments.   
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NOTE:  For the faithful gathered saints already in a scriptural assembly who would like to review related papers on our path,  they might see the page: Conditions And Comments -F12 , and may write for copies of papers.
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CHRIST IS THE CENTER 
OF GATHERING

If the "Kingdom of Heaven" is like an OUTER CIRCLE of profession and honor to God and His ways, as we understand, and the "Kingdom of God" is like an INNER CIRCLE of posses-sion of Christ and the "new birth", then we might well look for a CENTER CIRCLE with-in of believers gathered around Christ and His Word for obedience and submission.  

This page speaks to those who value the fol-lowing G.R.E.A.T.W.A.Y:  Gathering with other saints to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ alone in love;  Receiving "all the counsel of God" and "rightly dividing the Word of Truth";  Expressing the "one body" of Christ in  the world;  Acknowledging the "priesthood" of all believers;  Trusting the Lord and keeping His Word;  Worshipping in devotion as pleases God;  Appreciating  God's assembly, order, and government;  Yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

In anticipation of those who might have some objections, one ought to say: no one should  presume to boast of being in a center circle;  nevertheless, it remains and that should be the object and desire of faithful saints.

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A WORSHIP TEAM??

Dear friend_______:

      How come we hear so much said in christendom about a "worship team" and their activities in those various denominated sects you speak of?  Where is that found in the Bible? It appears to be just another of the innovations of men in their religious endeavors, who are not settled and satisfied with God's Word for His testimony. It makes the flesh of men feel good, I suppose.

      All true "born again" believers in Christ (John 3) should be in real worship, I believe, by individual communion with God and collectively at the "Lord's Table" as Scripture shows, and singing praise to God and prayers ---not by a special "team" upon the stage to perform. Certainly unsaved souls cannot worship God, though they might show some respect to the Creator at times.  If one truly knows the Savior God ---the Lord Jesus, the Christ of God, that one can and should approach the "throne of grace" as one of the "holy" [and] "royal priesthood" (1 Pet. 2) without leaders of men to perform it. 

      Individual believers born of God's Spirit (John 3) worship by communion with the Lord in their hearts wherever they are, and collective worship is found in assembly devotions at the "Lord's Table" in a generally quiet time with some songs; and reading of appropriate Bible verses, and much prayer of thanksgiving as God shows (1 Cor. 10:15-21; 1 Cor. 11:23-28). It is giving thanks to God for His "...great salvation" in His "...beloved Son", by such songs, devoted prayers by those exercised by the Spirit, and by reading such verses of His Word of praise and thanksgiving. That is the biblical way for the Church universal ---would you say? 

      We who are true believers in and through Jesus, the Christ (note 1 Jn. 5:11-12) are privileged to worship as described in the Word of God, and should do that apart from man's ceremony with musical bands and soloists and sermons, etc. Let us who know God get into conformity to the ways and mind of God for worship.

      One can see the paper on "Understanding Worship", for more detail at the Internet site: Biblecounsel.net.     -RLD: from biblecounsel.net, 2014