1. Is it in the Bible?


2. What do we believe it means?

The description of the church in the Bible is a description of how God spiritually operates the church. since he operates sovereignly, we as believers do not have to use the new testament as our operational example.

3. What does it really mean?


This is yet another excuse for not operating the christian church by new covenant principles. Part of this concept has some truth. the principles and definitions that are set forth in the new testament are in fact the way god operates. he does in fact send people to other people with the Gospel. Certainly this is how god builds the Body of Christ (as He sees it). He certainly does use people to pray and receive instructions Spiritually--and he certainly doe us people to teach other people. these are the ministry principles the new testament describes--and they quite accurately describe god's method for building his kingdom in he earth 9a kingdom of people--not land or possessions!)

As with many of these buzzwords this teaching carries a certainly amount of truth, but then takes a wrong turn. If we can see and understand how god operates by looking in the new testament and studying how Jesus functioned in His ministry, and study the example of the new testament church, why shouldn't we strive to change ourselves to follow this example?

In the Bible there is the example of Jesus ministry (which operated thru apostleship). After Jesus there is the example of real people who clearly followed this example of working in small groups....

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: (Romans 1:5)

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (1corinthians 11:1)

The idea that God "sovereignly" operates thru us in correct ways even though we quite clearly have forsaken the example of apostleship just doesn't make sense. do we ignore gods other laws? do we say it's okay to steal or covet or murder, since god operates when we do not do these sins, it's okay to spend our time in disobedience?

Of course not!!

but the Christian church continues in disobedience and mockery to the example Jesus set. We "cement" ourselves into rituals and patterns--defend our actions with twisted buzzwords and complicated philosophies, and make zero effort toward reforming ourselves toward Christ's example of function.

the church ought to be a group of people searching for god's will--open and ready to His leading--NOT a ritual.