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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 value "unity of the faith" and 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  be 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 John 14:23-24; Jn.17:17; Titus 1:9; Phil. 2:2);  including baptism, the collective 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 (Amos 3:3).    - RLD
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 1827 AD. One might disagree, and that is a choice, but Scripture is quite plain as to what God has intended for His universal testimony in the world. One can write for help herein to find such a fellowship.  - RLD.
CONSIDERING CHURCH
By R. L. DeWitt
To begin such an inquiry a seeker ought to first know what the Church is as shown in our Holy Bible. It is by general definition: 'the called out company pertaining to God'; and it is that which God formed as a universal and spiritual body, or company of believers on the earth, which is known as "the Church"  (originally: kuriakos --- 'pertaining to God', & often simply called Kirk and later pronounced "Church"); and also in time translated: Ecclesia --- "assembly"; and which is the spiritual body of Christ which encompasses every "born again" believer (as John 3:3 & John 14:6-7; etc.) . Sometimes people ask: 'what is the name of the true Church, when did it begin, and what does it look like?' In the Word of God, CHURCH is the reference name, and it was formed on the day of Pentecost about A.D. 33 by the coming of the Holy Spirit of the Creator-God, down to indwell believers as noted in the book of Acts, chapter two ---see Authorized King James Bible version for most accuracy of meaning (recommend here the Scofield KJV Study Bible for explanations and clarifying verses).  

Some considerations in looking for Church fellowship (not just any so-called Christian gathering one finds appealing, as some souls seek), might well be to find a Bible-only gathering as the first thing to be considered, in learning and knowing and worshipping God in a collective way. Of course we can worship, praise, and study God's Word at home, but the collective gathering as God expects is for our mutual good as shown in Hebrews 10: 24-25.   A local church assembly needs to be part of the Church universal of "one mind"; and holding "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27) and be "rightly dividing the Word Of Truth" (2 Tim. 2:15). It is as the Bible Epistles show: Romans 12:5; Romans 16:16; 1 Cor.1:10 & 1 Cor. 12:25-27; 2 Cor. 3:1; Gal. 1:2-3; etc. God intends that His Church be in 'unity' worldwide, though man likes his own ideas, so we sadly see sectarianism wide-spread. 
It would be good ---and pleasing to God, no doubt, if we were all of one mind over Holy Scripture, but alas that is apparently not to be. Does it matter? Some say it only matters if all believe as oneself does. Is that good enough in the mind of our God? Scripture does not support sects of men! Do we care what the Bible Epistles teach one about collective church truth?  The Church is shown in Holy Scripture as "one body" universal (note 1 Cor.12: especially verse 25) . The sectarian thought of denominated sects is man's assumptions to please everyone with separate ideologies. What does one value? Let us learn about "unity of the faith" (Eph 4:3 & 13; etc.). 

Such a Bible-only fellowship was revived out of the Reformation time in 1500 AD,   in Ireland ---circa 1827 AD, and continues as Bible-only if one is interested, though even that fellowship has had divisions to please various men with their own ideas.  One might contact Bible Truth Pubishers, Addison, IL -USA for Church history and sound Bible ministry, dictionaries and Scriptural writings over the years, etc.
  -RLD: Cd; 06/2020.

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