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 A CENTER CIRCLE      

DO THE READERS KNOW of those believers in Christ holding that recovery of church truth in 1827--- endeavoring to continue the expression of the "one body in Christ" worldwide in the scriptural order, as inten-
ted by God for "unity of the faith"----rather than independency, mergers, and sectarianism?   Does one want to know?   Such a fellowship does exist today.
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.   
-  Bible Counsel:  Feature Page 13
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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 Conditions And Comments page, and may write for copies of papers.  It would not likely be understood or appreciated by other readers.  Contact Site Manager with any questions.  
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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Some Understanding Of Prophets And Prophecy
A Brief Overview By R. L. DeWitt, 2012; add: 02/17

  In the Word of God, Prophecy is not just foretelling what will happen, but giving judgments, speaking the mind and ways of God, His purposes, and His truth for mankind as shown in the Word. It is presumptuous or worse before God for men to claim to be Prophets. God alone appoints them (as all gifts), and spiritual men with discernment can only suppose they recognize such a one. It is a calling and work, and not a high office as men like to claim. We should let others discern it, and not promote self.

  In the Old Testament the Prophets were special servants of God, and called to not only speak the mind of God to and for Israel (and all those connected with Israel), but had great powers by the anointing of God, and made judgments and prophesied of things to come.  

  In the New Testament we can see that the calling of Prophets for this age defend the faith, are perceptive, and maintain God's testimony by His Word and an unction of the Spirit; and bring all Scripture to bear on ministry to keep it in accord with the overall purpose of God and His intentions. It seems to include insight to matters seen and affecting mankind from God's viewpoint. Such a one receives understandings, and if faithful and fully yielded to God will be led to help the saints of God hold and benefit from God's pathway in this present day. There is a sense of prophecy and understanding in many faithful “born again” saints of God today (1 Cor. 14:3), and some degree also of teaching, shepherding (pastoral), and evangelism as they go about in God’s service.  

The various gifts as shown in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 set forth Christian ministry and servants for specific works. All the saints as a “holy and royal priesthood” have some part in this work in various degrees ---some more than others. There is no such thing in the Word of God about a hierarchy of men to rule and be over the laity (see Revelation 2:6 & 15; 1 Pet. 5:2-3). The gifts in the assembly are in the plural for saints (see 1 Peter 2:5 & 9), and the Elders are those older brothers who have much understanding and experience, and are set forth by God (not by men) and are guides in the local assembly. Bishops (i.e. overseers) are elder ones who have a gift much as shown herein (note Titus 1:7-9).  

As noted in Jeremiah 23 there are vain men who presume to be prophets and shepherds and corrupt the testimony and serve themselves and Satan (apostates --note Book of Jude); and such ones even today will receive the awful wrath of God in time.  
- RLD: from biblecounsel.homestead.com; -- GB19