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There have always been many voices saying “This is the way to know God.” Today’s media explosion has created more voices and more confusion. Why then another? Our purpose is to share truth to help strengthen your relationship with God and with other believers in your locality.

Personal connection with other believers cannot be replaced by the mass media. It is much more satisfying to have a deep spiritual relationship with ten believers than to be in a crowd of ten thousand. Every individual is important to God, and His plan involves each one in a very real way. There are things that are important to God that can only take place in close personal relationships.

The goal of God is to build a family of His children together in love, walking in truth. Personal submission and obedience to Christ will bring conformity of each member to Christ, and a growing expression of the nature of God in a local gathering. The testimony going out to the world around will be as a “light set on a hill that cannot be hidden” and “the pillar and ground of the truth.”

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Jun 2, 2016

Episode 28: Do denominations fit into God’s plan?

The concept of a denomination is quite familiar to most of us, but denominations as we know them have not always been with us. The early church did not have any such concept. Do they fit into the plan and purpose of God? Denominations are so prevalent in our time that perhaps we have not even considered if they are what God wants or not. What is a denomination? Why do we have them? Do they help or hinder? We want to look at some of these questions in light of God’s ultimate purpose.

• The external Issues (what we see)
o A special name (distinction)
o Oneness defined by a set of beliefs or doctrines
o A rallying around a special doctrine(s) that is seen as critical
o A central authority (headquarters on earth)
o Often a building that can be seen by men
o The name of the pastor is often on the billboard
o Often a spirit of isolation even if none of these things are seen
• The real issues (spiritual issues that are important to God)
o Only Christ and Him crucified
o God is one (not divided into groups in a locality, Eph. 4:4,5)
o Maintain the unity of the Spirit while coming to a oneness of faith (Eph. 4:3)
o The authority of each member and assembly is Christ (Col. 2:19, I Tim. 2:5)
o The church is the bride of Christ (hidden from the world)
o Man should not be exalted (only Christ)
o To have the right attitude towards all Christians (holding truth in love, I John 3:18)
• What should be our attitude (response)
o Seek God for a clear revelation of His Body which is the church (Eph. 1:22,23)
o Let the Holy Spirit full our hearts with love (Romans 5:5)
o Ask God for wisdom on how to break down the walls of separation
o When light comes obey and do not hold up the past

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