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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 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  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.    - 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 circa 1800 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
THOUGHTS ABOUT BIBLE TEACHERS
Some Considerations To An Inquiry By A Denominational Preacher

Dear brother:
  As to your questions, I will offer some thoughts here about teachers. I don’t know of a definite or comprehensive list anywhere in the Bible, but let us just call this: Some Considerations. Please keep in mind I am not speaking about various denominated sects, but Bible-only gatherings. 

  Concerning “qualities of a teacher” as you wondered, this would mostly be perceived qualities and gift, by the saints in assembly whom one is associated with, and that might vary as to what they collectively believe;  but I am concerned about what man needs and God shows in various ways as qualities, for He is the true Teacher ---right?  Qualities are not in any order or sequence, and are both personal and studious qualities, I see. The sources of information are important, and beside the Holy Bible I often refer to Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL for sound literature.*

  There is a difference between those saints in a local assembly who are exercised to serve and minister the Word at times with other saints there ---as all being a "holy" and "royal priesthood" (1 Pet. 2); and also those few saints who might be commended forth for ministry full-time to the universal church in the world. Scripture does not show full-time preachers in a local assembly, but a "priesthood" of gathered saints (note 1 Pet. 2:1-10; 1 Pet. 5:1-3;  Rom. 12:4-8 and 1 Cor. 12) lest the teachers should dominate and quench the Spirit in the "body of Christ".  

  Any saint in Christ may go about ministering to those they meet, but one is not approved to the fulltime service worldwide, other than by an approved local assembly with "the right hand of fellowship" (Gal. 2:9) ---though one might feel an exercise to go forth; for we do not have the Apostles in this era, only local saints with elders and the leading of the Holy Spirit. One needs thus to seek God's mind and the assembly's full commendation when he feels ready to go forth, so that all gathered saints elsewhere in the world would know and have confidence in the servant of God.

  The servant needs the collective judgment of his local assembly gathering about his gift, knowledge, and godliness; and this usually is about whether as a teacher, pastor (shepherd), or evangelist ---though not dictated. God is the source of calling and preparation, which the local assembly perceives and oversees: 
> In general, devotion to God and called of Him to serve; 
> Love for souls and seeking the good of all he meets; 
> Not just getting a college degree and learning about performing ceremonies and public speaking, but years of Bible reading and study with comparisons and references to esteemed writers, and in much prayer for God’s teaching and leading as the real source; 
> Study must be on-going in life, and one can learn also from sound local saints in the assemblies; 
> Readings of Commentaries by known and reliable Bible scholars for comparisons; 
> Sound reference books such as Bible dictionaries, Concordances, Bible language lexicons, and historical writings. 

  Qualities, I believe, of the fulltime servant should include such as:
> One experienced and "not a novice", as God says (note 1 Tim. 3:6-7); 
> A conviction to share God's Word fully, and not to just express personal opinions and ideas; 
> Recognizing a distinction between teachers, pastors, and evangelists; and realizing one may be given more than one gift, though usually one gift is prominent; 
> Presenting subjects orderly, thoroughly, true to “all the counsel of God” and "rightly dividing the Word of Truth" as shown; 
> Speaking in a manner perhaps like the best school teachers we have known, with a recognized teaching gift in the classroom; 
> Understanding and appreciation that there are no contradictions in the Word of God, and any failures perceived there are ours; this often being the use of a poor version of the Bible ---thus a good study version of the KJV is recommended;
> Personal convictions from and before God about what one has read after comparisons and prayer, and keeping in mind that all believers make mistakes and are not the final word on truth. 

  So, concerning “who is called to teach”, as you say, it is God's prerogative to call and lead one ---not just for one to decide to go forth to preach as a career and allowed by some men; and the local assembly of gathered saints should be the source of promoting and encouraging one for fulltime service, who is humble and godly, has expressed a desire ---and also by godly elders who can better discern. All saints are a "holy” and “royal priesthood”, as God says, and can share ministry of the Word, and no one should give themselves a title, but do the work and serve as they have an exercise for it. Others will recognize who are gifted as elders and faithful servants in time, and be pleased to encourage and commend one who is fit to a fulltime ministry in the world. ​ Certainly more might be said on this subject, but this seems essential.

  As stated before, all brothers in Christ should be allowed and encouraged to exercise their gifts in the assembly in a humble and orderly way,* and those who seem "worthy of double honor", as God says, may be helped to go forth in the world to minister ---which applies to teachers, pastors (shepherds), and evangelists.​ 

  Let me add that the New Testament Church is viewed as God's work and must be adhered to without man's denominated sectarian ways (papers are available to explain this further): 
> The Church is not viewed as an organization, but an association, and should be as shown in the New Testament in the beginning (Acts 2:41-42 and the Epistles); 

> It is believed by some of us that the expression of the "one body in Christ" as shown notably in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4, speaks of a local company honoring and cooperating with the universal expression of the Church in the world, as bowing to the Word of God fully together, rather than with a hierarchy of controlling men in a local assembly; 

> The priesthood of all believers ---the expression of "one body in Christ" locally and universally, and holding to the Word of God as our only authority for the Faith, without innovations or deletions by men, is the proper Christian way in submission to God. 

​ In summary I will say, we need to value the elders who are esteemed overseers in a scriptural assembly (showing leadership and not as rulers - Rom. 12; Heb. 13:7), in accord with the thoughts expressed herein, and we should also compare Bible verses with all Scripture. The faithful scholars who have ministered the Word down through history should be compared with others, and their writings and commentaries should be studied ---see Bible Truth Publishers. Career religionists are not always worthy of quoting. Many new believers in Christ go astray by listening to various religious voices who make themselves prominent. - R. L. DeWitt:  1212; rev. 11/16 - CL40 ​ 

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*ADDENDUM: I must say this counsel and writing is predicated on the Christian fellowship from that revival of 1827 AD, which is a worldwide gathering without a name, of those believers in Christ who hold to Scripture-Only for all assembly life and function. One can read some ministry on this understanding at the site: www.biblecounsel.homestead.com. For books, literature, history, etc. one can contact Bible Truth Publishers (www.bibletruthpublishers.com), Addison, IL.  - RLD