Chapter 3 - First Part
The Content of the Church
Rom. 15:7 – Footnote 71
Rom. 14:1-3 – Footnotes 11, 12, 31, 32
Rom. 14:1 – Footnote 13
1 Cor. 5:6-13 – Footnotes 61, 62, 111, 131
Exercising Discipline – Paragraphs 1 - 3
2 John 7-11 – Footnotes 83, 84, 93, 102, 111
Exercising Discipline – Paragraphs 4 - 8
Eph. 1:22-23 – Footnotes 223, 224, 231, 232, 233
Inclusive – Paragraphs 1 - 3
Col. 1:25 – Footnote 251
Acts 5:4 – Footnote 41
Inclusive – Paragraph 4 - Section (2)
Inclusive – Section (3)
Gal. 5:20 – Footnote 204
Titus 3:10 – Footnotes 101, 102
Inclusive – Sections (4) - (5)
This is a meeting where we gather to remember the Lord in praise and worship and to partake of the bread and the cup as the Lord instructed. We try not to be formal or ritualistic, rather the meeting is designed to give everyone a chance to participate in order to touch the Lord with their spirit.
This meeting usually has 4 elements: singing, a message from the Bible, a time of review of the message in groups of 4 - 6 people, and a time of "prophecying". When we speak of prophecying, we do not stress a supernatural prediction of the future. We mean that all the members are encouraged to speak something for the Lord based on 3 main elements: what they have just heard and reviewed from the message, their knowledge of the truth, and their experience and enjoyment of the Lord. After the meeting some families remain to eat lunch together. It is a pot luck dinner in which each brings whatever they have prepared and all share together. Other families are in the habit of inviting guests to come to their house for lunch.
In the prayer meetings we do spend some time to touch the Lord in spirit through the Word. This brings us into an atmosphere and spirit where we are able to pray to the Lord in spirit according to His leading.
In this meeting we pray over the Word, learn some new songs or enjoy some we know, and have some ministry of the Word. We come together before the meeting for supper together at the hall. A few prepare the food for everyone and the rest chip in a couple dollars to help pay for it.
This is a time for parents and children to enjoy singing together and then to learn from the stories of the bible. Once a month is an activity time rather than the story time.
The young people get together in someone's home each week to enjoy the Lord together through singing and through some material which they review and share with each other.
There are smaller meetings in homes in English, Spanish or Chinese. The nature and content of the meetings varies according to the needs of those in the meeting.
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