Distinctive Doctrines of True New Testament Churches
Outlined by Bro. Darryl Titus
- That the Church began and was completely organized and fully established during the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, that being before the day of Pentecost.
Psalms 72:16; Luke 6:12-16; I Corinthians 12:28;
Matthew 16:18, the rock in this passage is in reference to the Lord Himself, not Peter;
Matthew 18:15-18, He spoke this instruction in the present tense, not of something to come;
Acts 4:10-12; I Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20 - these show forth Christ as the first cornerstone of the church)
Matthew 28:18-20, The Lord spoke this unto the Apostles as His church. Note the promise at the close of verse 20, "Even unto the end of the world." the Apostles are long since dead, but His church is still here and will be here, Ephesians 3:21;
Acts 1:15-26, the church held an official business meeting before the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:41, the church was added unto, NOT started on the day of Pentecost.
That only the local church has authority to send forth missionaries, to start and establish other New Testament churches
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 11:22-30, Acts 13:1-4 (Church Succession)
- This means that no preacher (ordained or otherwise) has any authority of himself to go somewhere and start a church.
- This means that all true New Testament churches must have authority from an already-organized New Testament church to begin . The mother church sends forth a missionary to begin the work, and the work stays under the authority of the mother church until duly organized into an independent New Testament church.
- That the local visible church is the ONLY church of the New Testament.
- The meaning of the word Ekklesia - a Greek work usually translated church or churches in the KJV, if used in its proper context is, "a called-out assembly," not just the called out as many universalist would have you believe.
- This word is used about 115 times in the New Testament, and is in direct reference to an assembly or assemblies over 100 times.
- The one whom the Lord used to write 3/4ths of the New Testament was never concerned with a mythical universal church, but true local visible churches.
II Corinthians 11:28
- To apply the thought of universal, invisible to the work Ekklesia would be like saying, "dry water," or "liquid solid," it is absolutely unreasonable.
- That there are four essentials to SCRIPTURAL baptism, and that any baptism without these four essentials is not valid.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:40-42; I Corinthians 12:13; Romans 6:4-5
Since Baptism is the way of becoming part of the body of Churst (church),
[I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27], it is in essence the door into the church.
- Proper Authority - only a true New Testament church has the authority to baptize.
- Proper Candidate - only a born-again believer in Christ.
- Proper Purpose - baptism has NO saving value, but is an act of obedience to the Lord.
- Proper Mode - complete immersion in water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in "closed communion" in the observance of the Lord's Supper.
- Christ instituted the supper as a closed obserance, only the Apostles assembled together as His church, not all believers.
- The Lord's supper is a church ordinance, not simply a believer's ordinance.
- A church cannot obey I Corinthians 5:7-13, unless all who participate are under the authority and discipline of that particular church. Therefore, there must be closed communion with participation limited to only those members of the church that is observing the supper.
- We believe in the Baptist Bride: only those faithful of true New Testament churches will make up the Bride of Christ in eternity. There is no universal bride, even as there is no universal church.
- II Corinthians 11:2, to whom is being spoken to in this passage? Look in I Corinthians 1:2 and II Corinthians 1:1: This is to the Lord's church, not all the saved.
- Ephesians 5:22-32, This text again is in reference to the Lord's church - note verse 32.
- John 14:1-3, There are many mansions, but hte Lord is preparing a particular place for those of His church, a place with Him, compare to Revelations 3:7-13. Again, this is to the faithful of His churches.
- Revelations 21:24-26, This tells us where the saved outside of the Lord's true New Testament will be in eternity.