Jesus says, ‘……… I will build My Church,……. “ (Matthew 16:18). In New Covenant Church, we seek to be part of the Church that Jesus Christ is building. Therefore, we endeavor to follow the Biblical pattern of the church in the New Testament.

The New Testament knows only one Church. The only thing that divided that Church was geographical boundaries. It would appear that if an area could be adequately administered under a local or city council it formed the basis for a local church organization.

The church in Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Smyrna, etc, were so named because they corresponded directly to a town or city. We have no warrant for carving up the body of Christ other than this New Testament pattern. The New Testament knows nothing of the ‘church of’ but of the ‘church in’. Dividing the Church on the basis of doctrine or founder is evidently unscriptural.

The Biblical pattern is the local church, which is expected to relate to or be under the oversight of an apostle or apostolic team. Ephesians 2:19-20 clearly points this out. “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.”

Apostles and prophets are vital parts of the foundation of the Church. To start a church without this foundation is to compound the problem we already have. Though we may have a statement of faith, aims and objectives, these are mere framework. They cannot and must not form the basis of the church. Yet the dilemma facing many sincere servants of God who want to serve God with a clear conscience, in an atmosphere of liberty, and under Biblical leadership, without domination, is in finding a spiritual home where there is true apostolic vision.

Bearing in mind that a local church comprises of all the congregations in a geographical boundary, what unity there would be when all churches are together under apostolic teams nation-wide? When that happens the Church would have come of age, and the gates of hell would no longer prevail.

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