Here’s a handy A4 chart outlining what the New Testament teaches about the nature, function and purpose of a local church. Remember, how a local assembly operates is a matter of principle, not preference, as shown by:
- 1 Cor 3.10 – which tells us to be careful how we build into an assembly
- 1 Tim 3.15 – which tells us how to behave in an assembly and
- 1 Cor 14:37 – which calls the principles governing participation in assembly gatherings the “commandments of the Lord”
This chart outlines the plan, purpose, principle and pattern of the local assembly as revealed in the New Testament.
or click on the chart below to open up a large jpeg copy: