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Title: Before we start today, Just take a moment to think that, Is there is anything wrong in the practice

We need to learn the Word of God regardless of
what we knew already, or what ever we heard from
another person. We need to examine from the Word
of God.
Before we start today, Just take a moment to
think that, Is there is anything wrong in the
practice of our Assembly or Gathering in the name
of New Testament Church? The Apostolic Doctrines
tell us to do everything in certain way. If we
notice that some of the practices that most
churches follow are wrong, would you be able to
accept the doctrine as the same way as the
Apostles taught? If YES, Are you willing to
accept those without any Question?
Everybody will get their chances to participate
in it. But what ever we discuss here, should
support biblical Standards. No arguments, One at
a time, Do not make any confusion, Stay on the
subject, Do not assume any thing, Should support
the word of God. We need to know the TRUTH !!!
When we knew the truth, we are free from all the
malpractices. Know the truth and it will make us
Apostle Paul says there is no Custom in Church
for Arguments, more details, if you read, 1st
Corinth 1116
Apostolic tradition, also called apostolic
custom, apostolic patterns, New Testament
patterns, or New Testament practice, means
imitating the practices of the apostles. (ex)
commanded us to imitate the practices of the
apostles. Should we still follow it or not?

Suppose a newly planted, first century
congregation wrote a letter to the Twelve
apostles in Jerusalem. Imagine that this church
consisted of Jewish believers who had heard the
gospel on a visit to Jerusalem. Now that they
were back home in Egypt, they didnt quite know
what to do next about organizing as a new church.
Also they have Gentiles in their congregation.
So, in their letter to the apostles was a series
of questions about church life
"Dear Apostles . . . Why is it here we meet
together as Gods people? What should we do in
our meetings? How often should we meet? Does it
matter where we meet? Should we build a temple
like in Jerusalem or at least a synagogue
building? What type of church government should
we have? Do we even need leaders? If not, then
how is the church leadership? What should we
look for a church leaders? What is the purpose
of the Lords Supper? How often should we eat
it? Weekly, Annually, Get it dome in two minutes
? What is Fellowship ? Have any more questions?
Add it here
What do you think the twelve apostles would have
answered their letter? Would they have written
that each church was free to do whatever they
wanted to do? That each fellowship should just
pray and follow their way and say holy spirit
leading? That each congregation should be unique
and different, free from outside influence?
Conversely, might the apostles have answered with
very specific instructions for church life? With
a particular way of doing things? With a
definite agenda? With unmistakable guidelines?
Yes NO
This issue has been faced by believers for the
past two thousand years!!! How, exactly, should
the church view - New Testament Apostolic
patterns for church practice? Is the practice of
the early church merely optional, or is it
imperative for us? Are the traditions of the
apostles just interesting history or should they
constitute some kind of normative church
practice? ..You may have a question about ---
The churchs problem is compounded because the
Leaders of the church reverted the direct
command concerning church matters. Consequently,
has been common for believers to dismiss New
Testament patterns for church practice as
optional. Scripture explicitly tells us we must
do something, what is merely narrated or
described can never function in a normative way
. The question for us is whether or not Scripture
explicitly tells us that we must copy the
patterns for church practice described in the New
Testament. Are we doing it?
Based on these.What do you think 1
Corinthians 414-17 An Instructor.. For
though ye have ten thousand instructors in
Christ, yet have ye not many fathers for in
Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the
gospel Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers
of me
John 1416 Comforter ( Holy Spirit) And I will
pray the Father, and he shall give you another
Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever
Follow me 1st Corinth 111 Be ye followers of
me, even as I also am of Christ.
Received and Delivered. 1st Corinth 1123 For
I have received of the Lord that which also I
delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same
night in which he was betrayed took bread
Ordinance 1st corinth112 Now I praise you,
brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and
keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
Traditions.. 2 Thessaln 215 Therefore,
brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions
which ye have been taught, whether by word, or
our epistle. 3 6 Now we command you,
brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother
that walketh disorderly, and not after the
tradition which he received of us.
1thimothy 416 Take heed unto thyself, and unto
the doctrine, continue in them.. 413 Till I
come give attendance to reading, to exhortation,
to doctrine 3 15 But if I tarry long how to
behave in the church .
2 Thessalonians 214 And if any man obey not our
word by this epistle, note that man, and have
no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 1
Thessalonians 41 it is an exhortation.. In the
name of Jesus 48 if you ignore these
exhortations , you are not ignoring man, But God
who gave us His Holy spirit. 2thimothy 314
Continue in the things that learned from a
child Titus 21 speak Sound doctrine Titus
215 Speak, Exhort , Rebuke with ALL Authority
So far we learned that, we need to practice all
doctrines that delivered or commanded by the
Apostles. These doctrines are not their own
ideas. But this is from Jesus, the corner stone
of the church and the same Jesus said, when I
leave which means From the heavenly Godliness,
he came down to the earth as man and lived like
100 man and He always Glorified the Father
100. Why Jesus transformed as man? To save man
kind from Sin and the death that originated from
The Garden of Eden. So here Jesus as man, at
the same time 100 God, Fulfilled the purpose of
Saving man, Opened a new way at the cross of
Calvary. Now God's Purpose of coming to this
world as a Man has been done. Now God is going to
sent The Holy Spirit, which will make us
resurrect from the dead. That is why God said I
am going to sent the Holy Spirit, So Look Forward
to have Holy spirit in the Fullness. Then
apostles filled with Holy Spirit. And That Holy
Spirit which is God, Then Jesus and now Holy
Spirit- will lead you in Truth. So the Apostles
got this directions from Jesus the Corner stone
and The Holy spirit Started giving them more
directions as Jesus started for the Church. That
is what The Apostles received from The Lord and
Delivered to us, not just to read and leave it
behind, But to practice as a doctrine,
Commandment, Ordinance, Traditions. Because it is
divine, came from God. It is God's Instruction to
Follow Apostolic Traditions or Doctrines. Not a
choice. That is the main basic of the Church.
Jesus Christ The Corner Stone. If your
Congregation is not built up on this Basic
doctrine and do what ever the so called Pastors
wanted to do by just following the conveniences,
Not following the Apostolic doctrine exactly as
it delivered, Then that is not a New testament
church at all. People may call it as Church, But
it is not the Bridal Church of Christ.
There are thousands of Churches in the world and
proclaim that they are THE CHURCH. How do we know
that a church is a real church? We need to
examine with the requirements that established in
the word of God. THE CHURCH is not only a local
church!! It is Universal, which means who ever
gather in unity as per the direction of Holy
spirit which is spoken through Apostles in the
Bible as Epistles, Letter, Advice, etc.. Any
where in world regardless of country, culture,
color, Language, come under THE CHURCH. The
church doctrine should be same in whole world. No
difference. Just One. But if you
look at churches in this world, we can see that
plenty of False doctrine or Lack of doctrine.
They might say some and do a little part of it.
Diversity but proclaim Unity. One person does
not like the other. One church that I learned
clearly has two denominations in itself. Why?
Because of the color, cast, family, and a lot to
tell.. Which is separated in to two, State and
Division. The name itself says Division. They
could proclaim, gather, have church buildings all
over world, Stable administration, Bible colleges
, Universities, Pastors, Bishops, posses name as
CHURCH and all. But Bible says If you stand in
the doctrine of Christ, You have father and the
son. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in
the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that
abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both
the Father and the Son, If there come any unto
you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not
into your house, neither bid him God speed!! 2
John 9,10. Congregations which are not following
the clear and direct doctrines of Jesus latter
given by Holy spirit through Apostles are Not
from God. We already learned where that is coming
from ! Those people will tell you there is no
church like what exactly bible says, It is
impossible, You will never find a perfect church
and all kind of things. At the same time the
pastors who rule over these congregations are
scared of telling the truth. Because if they
revel the truth, they loose people who have clear
mind of finding the truth.
Important You can not change those people.
Because they are set for a standard of worldly
churches. And you must know when they preach
Gospel, they are unknowingly Preaching Another
gospel, they preach Another Christ and they
posses Another Spirit Why, because they have no
Father or son. They belongs to the devil. This
might be little too much to hear! But That is
what the word of God Says, not me. But God wants
me to tell this truth publicly. This is the
spirit of Anti Christ. Proof for this is in
2Theslo 27. Look at these new Theologians. They
are not the servants of God, But they are the
servants of the World, which is Satan. Those
pastors have no courage to teach clear bible
doctrines in their church. Why ? They are the
paid workers of that church committee. Or The
Pastor, President, Bishop himself ruling over
the congregation, and he does not want to loose
his people. I personally knew pastors who said
that, if we tell these kind of clear doctrine,
we won't have any people in the church!!! That
is one of the reason. So they wanted to serve
the Mammon and The God. God says you serve only
one at a time. Our God is not a God like these
people think. The Almighty God Does not go with
Anything you do. That is why the word of God is
Given to us. The Responsible person should teach
the people clear doctrines of the new testament
Church from the bible as Apostles taught.
Beware, these people will tell you things like
this we all sinners, believers you all sinners,
You can't live Without sin, there is no church
that you can find that fully teach everything as
per bible, Once you believe and that is it.. you
never loose salvation, and a many things.. Now,
Listen, these are not from God. And it is against
God. Which is from Devil. If some one tempt to
talk to you like this, Just Keep away!! They will
mess you and your faith. Because, that is a
Demonic Spirit. You need to Cast them down!!!
Obviously, if you change a little bit here and
there, then that gathering is not The Church Of
God. Some Gatherings would violate no positive
command of Scripture. What it would be missing is
at least a partial adherence to New Testament
traditions for church practice. Most churches do
follow some of the patterns of the New Testament,
but not all of the patterns. Our question is Why
not? Bible urges for consistency. We learned
that the apostles had a definite and very
particular way in which they organized churches.
And that is THE FOUNDATION which built along with
The corner Stone - Jesus. We are convinced that
they intended for all congregations Universally,
Not only in Kerala or Corinth But also every nuke
and corner of the world to follow these same
apostolic traditions, for as long as the church
exists. Following Apostolic Tradition is Logical
- Biblical In 1 Corinthians 414-17, we read that
Paul planned to send Timothy to Corinth . Paul
wanted Timothy to remind the Corinthians of his
way of life so that they could imitate him. The
immediate context concerns Pauls faithfulness in
service and his humility as an apostle. Paul
wrote, I urge you to imitate me. For this reason
I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love,
who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you
of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees
with what I teach everywhere in every
church. Notice the obvious uniformity of
practice that is reflected by Pauls words. His
way of life in Christ was consistent with what he
taught everywhere, in every church. There was
integrity. There was a uniformity of practice
that grew out of Pauls teachings. His belief
determined his behavior. His doctrine naturally
determined his duty. In similar fashion, the
apostles beliefs about the function of the
church would surely have affected the way they
organized churches .
Though the direct import of 1 Corinthians 4 is
far a field from church practice, to also imitate
the apostles ways regarding church life would be
a wise choice for any fellowship if you wanted to
call as THE Bridal Church Of Christ.
If anyone truly understood the purpose of
the church, surely the original apostles did.
They were hand picked and hand trained by Jesus
over a three year period. Then, our Lord appeared
to them over a forty day period after His
resurrection (Ac 13). Jesus also sent the Holy
Spirit to teach them things He had not taught
them before (Jn 14-16). Thus, whatever Jesus
taught His apostles about the church was
naturally reflected in the way they subsequently
set up and organized churches. (important) In
Titus 15, a passage that does deal directly with
church practice, Paul wrote, The reason I left
you in Crete was that you might straighten out
what was left unfinished. Titus 1 concerns the
appointment of qualified elders in every city. It
is evident from this Scriptural passage that the
apostles did indeed have a definite way they
wanted certain things done regarding church. It
was not left up to each individual assembly to
find its own way of doing things. There was
obviously some kind of order, pattern, or
tradition that was followed in organizing the
churches. Similarly, in 1 Corinthians 1134 (a
passage about the practice of the Lords Supper,
another church life topic), Paul wrote, The rest
I will set in order when I come
We have no right to reject their instruction and
captiously insist that nothing but positive
command shall bind us. Instead of choosing to
walk in a way of our own devising, we should take
pleasure to walk in the footsteps of those holy
men from whom we have received the word of life .
. .which is from Jesus, respect for the Spirit by
which they were led should induce us to prefer
their modes of organization and leading to such
as our inferior wisdom might suggest In 1
Corinthians 111, Paul again urged the
Corinthians, Follow my example, as I follow the
example of Christ. The immediate context
concerned seeking the good of others so as to
glorify God and bring them to salvation ( 1031 -
111). The word follow (1Co 111) is from
mimatai, the basis for mimic. Paul wanted the
Corinthian believers imitate him in that regard.
Apparently they were already doing well in
imitating him in other matters, since Paul stated
in the very next verse, I praise you because you
remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the
traditions, just as I delivered them to you
(112, ). What is a tradition? The regular Greek
word for teaching is didaskalia (the basis for
didactic), but significantly that is not the
word used here. Instead, paradosis (tradition) is
used. 1 Corinthians, Paradosis, was a technical
term in Judaism for oral transmission of
religious instruction, in this context in almost
certainly does not refer to teaching, but rather
to religious traditions regarding worship. A
tradition is usually thought of as a custom or a
certain way of doing things. It is an inherited
pattern of spirit, thought or action.
A popular definition might be, things people do
on a regular basis. This same Greek word (in
verb from) is used in 1 Corinthians 1123 in
regard to the practice of the Lords Supper (that
it was passed on) . The point of a tradition is
that it is something (usually a practice, such as
the Lords Supper) that is passed on. Here in 1
Corinthians we see an apostle praising a church
for holding to his traditions. Consider the
word everything as Paul used it in 1
Corinthians 112. It means all that exists, or
at least, all that pertains to the subject.
When Paul wrote everything (1Co 112), what
subjects did he have in mind? His use of the word
everything certainly suggests that Pauls
intended application was larger than just the
exhortation found in 1 Corinthians 111 (not only
evangelism). Might everything also include
church order? Indeed it did. Pauls praise in
112 signals the beginning of a new topic head
coverings (113-16). (That is also anther topic)
This new subject is clearly in the realm of
church order (propriety in worship). What do
the words just as (112) indicate about the
extent of Corinthian compliance with Pauls
traditions? They obviously adhered to every
instructions it was sort of a photocopy effect!
They were not complaining about it. Paul praised
them for holding to his traditions just as he
passed them on to them. The apostles evidently
designed for the churches to precisely mimic the
traditions they established (here, head
coverings). Yet since the word Ordinances
(112) occurs in the plural, Paul apparently had
in mind more than the one tradition as head
coverings. Should we shut up our observance to
this one tradition only, or should we follow all
the patterns for church organization that can be
observed exclusively on the pages of the New
Testament? Church Think about it !!!.....!!!!!
The believer was expected to apply those case
studies to other areas of life not specifically
mentioned. For instance, the corners of fields
were to be left unharvested for the poor to
gather and eat. Nothing was said about olive
groves. Does this mean that a wheat farmer alone
was burdened with feeding the poor, but that the
man with an olive grove could harvest every last
olive? Certainly not. Every farmer, regardless of
the crop, was to leave a similar portion of his
harvest to meet the needs of the poor. Similarly,
we put that adherence to apostolic tradition is
paradigmatic in nature. If we observe that the
apostles were pleased when churches followed
specific traditions (such as Baptism or head
coverings), then we are expected to apply that
example to other patterns we see modeled by the
apostles in their establishment of churches.
Matthew 151-3. Jesus said to the Pharisees,
Why do you break the command of God for the sake
of your tradition? Man has a tradition, His own
way of doing things. That is not what God Wants
us to do, But According Guidance of Holy spirit
led Apostles. Jesus blasted on the tradition of
the Pharisees, but Paul blessed the Corinthians
for following the tradition of an apostle.
Pharisaic tradition broke the command of God.
Apostolic tradition, however, is consistent with
the commands of Jesus. Holding on to the
tradition of the apostles is thus praiseworthy,
as proven by Pauls praise for the Corinthians.
We must be careful not to develop our own
traditions that might actually inhibit our
ability not to obey the commands of Christ.
But Unfortunately most of all churches
have their own traditional things they practice
and stick on to it. It is against the biblical
Following Apostolic Tradition is to be
Universal Paul quieted those inclined to be
contentious about head coverings by making an
appeal to the universal practice of all the other
churches If anyone wants to be contentious
about this, we have no other practice nor do
the churches of God (1Co 1116 ).This final
statement was designed to win over the
contentious people and settle any argument. Head
coverings are beyond the scope of this subject.
(going to be another Lesson) The point is that
Paul expected all the churches to be doing the
same thing. Just to realize that one was
different in argument enough to silence
opposition. Obviously, prior emphasis had been
given to certain practices that were supposed to
be done the same way, everywhere. Thus, 1
Corinthians 1116 indicates a uniformity of
practice in all New Testament churches. In 1
Corinthians 1433-34, Paul mentioned something
else that was to be true universally" As in all
the congregations of the saints, women should
remain silent in the churches." Regardless of the
correct application of this verse, notice how
Paul again appealed to a universal pattern that
existed in all the churches as a basis for
obedience. Finally, note how Paul chided the
Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 1436, Did the word
of God originate with you? Or are you the only
people it has reached? The obvious answer to
both questions is no. This further indicates a
uniformity of practice among New Testament
churches. In some respect the Corinthians were
doing something differently from what all the
other churches were doing. Evidently all the
churches were expected to follow the same
patterns in their church meetings. These two
questions were designed to pull the Corinthians
back into line. Holding to apostolic tradition
(New Testament church patterns) was universal in
the first century and, we need it, today as well.
The pivot point hangs on whether or not God has
revealed a universal pattern for the church in
the New Testament. If He has not, then anything
will do so long as it works. But I am convinced
that nothing so dear to the heart of Christ as
His Bride should be left without explicit
instructions as to her corporate conduct. I am
further convinced that the 20th century has in no
way simulated this pattern in its method of
churching a community . . . it is unbelievable
how far this new era churches are now!!, if God
has a pattern for the church, we need to find and
establish that pattern, at any costs Following
Apostolic Traditions brings Gods Peaceful
Presence Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say
it again Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident
to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about
anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God. And the peace of God, which
transcends all understanding, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phlp
44-7). The main point of Philippians 44-7 is
that we are to rejoice in the Lord and gain Gods
peace, regardless of circumstances. In the very
next paragraph (Php 48-9), the church at
Philippi was given the recipe for how to have the
God of Peace be with them. By extension, this can
be true for our churches as well. Paul wrote,
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is
noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if
anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think
about such things. Whatever you have learned or
received or heard from me, or seen in me - put
into practice. And the God of peace will be with
you. In Philippians 49, the Philippians were
instructed to put into practice whatever they
learned, received, heard from Paul, or saw in
The primary application in context concerned
imitating Christ, putting others first, and
rejoicing in the Lord. But by extension could
this whatever not also include the way we see in
the New Testament that Paul organized churches?
It is clear from Scripture how the apostles set
up the early church. To neglect apostolic
tradition in this area also may be to bypass
Gods blessing. We believe that fellowships which
follow the New Testament pattern for church life
will enjoy much more of Gods peaceful
presence! Acts is the genesis of the churchs
history, and the Church in the time of Paul is
the genesis of the Spirits work . . . We must
return to the beginning. Only what God has set
forth as our example in the beginning is the
eternal Will of God. It is the Divine standard
and our pattern for all time . . . God has
revealed His Will, not only by giving orders, but
by having certain things done in His church, so
that in the ages to come others might simply look
at the pattern and know His will and stand for
it. We can not neglect this.. At any cost we
need to be the part of this Bridal Church Of
Christ. Need to Apostolic Tradition is
Commanded In 2 Thessalonians 215, the
Thessalonians church was instructed to stand
firm and hold to the traditions which you were
taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter
from us. Here, the Thessalonians were
specifically commanded to hold to the traditions
of the apostles, whether received orally or in
writing. The Twelve are not here today to tell us
in person, by word of mouth, what to do. However,
we do have their written words (The New
Testament). The overall context of 2
Thessalonians 2 refers to end-time events, and
not specifically to church practice. Yet would it
not also apply in principle to their traditions
regarding church order, as patterned in the New
Testament? The word traditions is in the
plural the author had more in view that merely
the tradition about the Second Coming.
The import of the various traditions
passages such as this must be grappled. Many
believers think that while apostolic tradition
may be interesting, following it is never
commanded. But what does 2 Thessalonians 215
indicate? Is adherence to apostolic tradition
commanded or suggested? Significantly, it is
clearly commanded. The point to be observed is
that it is not just apostolic teaching to which
we are to adhere, but also apostolic tradition
(as found on the pages of Scripture). We are to
follow the apostles, not only in their theology,
but also in their practice A similar
attitude toward tradition is expressed in 2
Thessalonians 36-7, Keep away from every
brother who is idle and does not live according
to the traditions you received from us. For you
yourselves know how you ought to follow our
example. The specific context here refers to
gainful employment versus being idle and lazy,
yet the underlying principle holds true here
also. In context, this tradition refers to a
practice more so than a doctrine. The apostles
clearly wanted the churches to follow their
traditions. Should we limit those Biblical
traditions we follow only to eschatology,
theology and idleness? Consistency What can be
concluded about Gods interest in our own
churches adhering to New Testament patterns for
church practice? It seems to us that whatever was
normative church practice for all the churches in
the New Testament should be normative practice
for churches today. Perhaps these patterns of
church practice are part of what gave the early
church the dynamic, that todays church has been
missing for so long! If the Bible directly
commands something, then we obviously ought to
follow that command.
The fact is, the Bible commands adherence to the
traditions of the apostles. The real question
thus is not, Do we have to do things the way
they were done in the New Testament? Rather, the
question is Why would we want to do things any
other way?! If the Bible is silent about
something, i.e., there is neither command nor
pattern to follow, then Do we have the freedom to
do whatever suits us ? No Definitely not,
Everything concerned about man is written in
bible. (following the leading of the Holy
Spirit). Note carefully that we do not advocate a
negative hermeneutic, insisting that if a
practice is not found in the Bible. Rather, we
need to promote this in proper way, insisting
that we should hold to those practices that
clearly were normative for the early church.
Matters of silence doe not mean freedom. If there
is freedom in doing any thing will lead out of
Uniformity. The key is to focus on to New
Testament church practice. Of course we must also
beware of making patterns out of things that are
not patterns in the New Testament. For instance,
the Christian communalism of Acts 4 was a one
time event for a single time. And the apostles
never commanded to do, It is an option for
believers of any age, but it is neither a command
nor a Scriptural pattern. What are some obvious,
biblical, apostolic traditions for church
practice that should still be followed by the
church today? The Lords Supper should be
celebrated as exactly what bible says (1Co 1117
-34). The Fellowship Love, share,
communicate, care, Edify Leads to worship. Love
your brother first. Then love God. Most people in
the churches hate each other!!!
Interactive, participatory, Spontaneous open
church meetings (1Co 1426 , 37). Mutual
edification, encouragement and fellowship as the
goals of church meetings (Ac 242 , 1Co 143-5,
12, 26, Heb 1024 -25). Church Leadership
elder-led rather than committee/Pastor -Ruled
churches (Lk 2224 -27, 1Pe 51-4). Local
leaders (Servants) (2Ti 22). We dont need
Doctors, Reverends or Most Reverends, Salaried
Pastors, Hired Pastors. To serve not for Fame
and Position Church eldership that is male,
plural, non-hierarchical, homegrown, servant
leadership (1Ti 31-7). Home-sized churches
i.e., smaller congregations (Ro 165, Col 415 ,
Phlm 2). People know each other and Love each
other. Meeting regularly on the Lords Day (Mt
281-7, Ac 207, 1Co 161-4, Re 19-11). The
baptism of believers only (Mt 2819-20).
Separation of The Church from world (Phlp 320
). A regenerate church body. (Mt 1815-20).
Children present in the church meeting (Mt 1913
-15, Lk 241 -50, Ac 215, Ep 61-3, Col 416 ).
Church should strengthen and unite families, not
further divide them in to groups on the basis of
Kids, Youth, Malayalam, English, Tamil etc A
community based church that can easily experience
daily fellowship (Ac 242 -47). Church
reproduction and equipping through the ministry
of church workers such as apostles and
evangelists (Ep 411 -13) What we need for here
is consistency. Most churches already follow some
of these patterns, but not all. Again we wonder
why not? The burden of explanation ought to fall
on those who deviate from the New Testament
pattern, not on those who follow it. This
consistency is especially important since the
apostles evidently expected for all churches to
follow their traditions just as they were handed
down. Are there ever justified exceptions to
following New Testament patterns? Yes. In
qualifying these exceptions, Biblical
baptism, like apostolic tradition for the way a
church functions, is a command from the Lord. And
although its actual mode isn't anywhere
commanded, we know from the way the early church
did it (apostolic tradition again) that it was to
be done upon conversion, not by force, and in
water. (The immersion bit I take for granted as
that's what the actual word baptism means as a
transliteration from the Greek baptizo.) Now we
would be just concerned at the notion that we are
free to make changes to this, whether concerning
who is to actually be baptized, its mode, or
indeed its timing and we are painfully aware it
has been deviated in each of these---
ways by believers are far too long. So our
position would be that, in order for it to be
based on the teaching of the Word of God, a
person should be baptized upon profession of
faith in Jesus, and by full immersion in water.
Baptism, as biblically commanded and exampled in
the New Testament for us, is clearly out of the
question in such an instance, So it is quite
clear too that not to come up with another
inappropriate mode of baptism for any one who
believe the word of God. And in such a
circumstance one could technically be out of step
with the teaching of Scripture, yet be fully
submitted to its intention and spirit. And
neither could anyone argue for the baptism of
someone who hadn't responded to Jesus by faith,
because that would attack the very nature of
baptism, even though its external mode was still
in accordance with the Scriptures.
Ways by
believers for far too long. So our position would
be that, in the order for it to be based on the
teaching of the Word of God, a person should be
baptized upon profession of faith in Jesus
Christ, as requested or asked by the person, and
by full immersion in water. There is another
wrong concept with baptism, some preachers make
it more confused. Baptize in The Name of The
Father The son and The Holy spirit. Important
thing I wanted to make clear here that We are not
Jehovah Witness people or Jesus Name people. We
are the people stand for the truth. Name and
Names. Another subject . But all Apostolic
doctrine says Baptize in The Name Of Jesus. Some
preachers don't have this Understanding. Even
they preach. Trinity and all, They dont know,
What they preaching, One in three and three in
one concept. I heard a CD preaching about false
doctrine of Apostolic church!!. If you listen
that CD. Listen it few times, Then try to
understand what is he talking about. Most of the
time he is talking some thing else and claims,
proved it. but not proving at all.
The divinity of God, That is a Big Mystery. They
dont know who is Jesus, That is the main
problem. They need to learn the word of God. What
ever the Apostles did was 100 right. And
following that pattern is 100 true. They were
hand picked and trained by Jesus. They really
know Who Jesus is. They already learned that
Jesus is the God. We will get to that in another
chapter. Some people even say, Apostles did
wrong!!! Oh... Oh. But here is the point none
of what I have just said could possibly apply to
the baptism of an able bodied person - the normal
mode would have to be employed in order for
things to be as the Lord wants. And neither could
anyone argue for the baptism of someone who
hadn't responded to Jesus by faith, because that
would attack the very nature of baptism, even
though its external mode was still in accordance
with the Scriptures. If you are baptized in the
name of Jesus Christ, is same as
Father,Son,Spirit. Who ever dont understand
should learn the relationship between Father,Son
and Spirit. They are not three different Gods or
Spirit. Jesus said that many times..
We need to look for opportunities to
respectfully and tactfully demonstrate that there
is a RIGHT way one which is more conducive to
the spiritual growth of God's people for the
function of the New Testament church is best
carried out by the New Testament form of the
church! There are certain basics that all true
churches focus on, regardless of their Names.
These basics include the making of disciples (Mt
2818-20), the maturing and equipping of the
saints (Ep 411 -16), fostering the supremacy of
love through the exercise of spiritual gifts (1Co
11-14), and observing the Lords Supper (1Co 11).
Our contention is that the apostles knew the best
context in which to achieve these objectives, and
purposely patterned such in the churches they
Apostolic Tradition Verses Historic Theology We
believe that the essential doctrines of the
Apostolic Christian faith are correct. Jesus said
that it was to our advantage that He went away,
for in His place He sent His Holy Spirit to live
in us and to guide us. Confidence in the Spirits
ability to teach and direct Gods people makes us
conclude that on the essentials of theology, the
church of history has gotten it right. That
Spirit filled Apostles Said Baptize in The name
Of Jesus- Which is The Father , The Son and The
Holy Spirit, Not the Third person Jesus. But the
people argue for it to present the Baptism in the
Name of Jesus looks different. That is the lack
of knowledge about God, with in the limit of The
Word Of God. I Never say I know every thing, But
we need to know Through Word Of God. These
preachers should confess to God for preaching
Wrong Doctrine and confuse people to make it hard
to understand. Most of these Pastors who preach
about False doctrine, Themselves under false
doctrine. We will learn about that latter. (False
doc) Some theological ideas will continue to
sprout like weeds in a garden. Some other
doctrinal winds will always blow and toss the
ungrounded - to and fro. These challenges must be
put into perspective. Which would you rather
throw out the window? A recent novel theological
position of some people? or the theological
convictions of the universal Christian church of
all ages? The choice is between the tried and
proven faith of the collective body of Gods
people as Universal Church of God in Uniformity
and the compromising way of doing church
matters by individual objectors, now that grown
flourished all over the world. We would broadly
define false teaching as anything which falls
outside of the Christ based Apostolic faith and
teaching as upheld by the Diversified, so called
Christian Churches for the last two millennia.
Since they are out of spec from
instructions, we acknowledge that the practices
of most of historic churches are liable to
errors. That is so obvious from the fact that
they occasionally differ from one another. Even
the Pentecostals differ from one another in their
ideas, Ruling, Politics, Pastoral Employment,
Mode of doing baptism, Lord Supper, Holiness and
separation, Church Life and a lot to tell
It is somewhat the truth has been revealed to me
that most of any pastors, Not all of them, But
Most, regardless of personality, who have I ever
met claim studied the Bible, 38 or 40, 45 years
of Experience called as Bishop, Reverends, Most
Reverends and Doctors, but failed to see and
follow the true Teachings. We must correct all
these mistakes by the spirit of mutual
submission as the church at large and that need
to flow from us to all or any that we are going
to meet in coming the days. Pastors, teachers,
laymen, historians, and theologians all coming
to the same conclusion regarding a basic theology
is significant. By the way you can find only CEO
Pastors in the church, There is no biblical
basics in those Churches. It is a false doctrine
itself or A cult. And the same people will preach
about false doctrine!! Unbelievable !! Think
about it.. We need Some clear Doctrine for what
we should do in church That is Apostolic
Teachings. Some, but not all, of the
nonnegotiable fundamentals of the faith are a
belief in the God in the form of Father, Son and
Holy Spirit that forgiveness of sins is received
by grace through faith in Jesus alone, as a free
gift, because of what He accomplished for us on
the cross through His substitutional death in
the future bodily return of Jesus in the future
tomb-emptying resurrection of the dead and that
the sixty-six books of the Bible, both Old and
New Testaments, comprise the inspired, inerrant
and infallible Word of God, constituting our
final authority in all matters, doctrine, or
church practice,
Summary God directs by biblical
pattern (tradition) as well as by biblical
precept (teaching). The patterns for church found
in the New Testament are to be generally followed
by the church of all ages and places. Apostolic
tradition (as found in the Bible) is equal in
authority to, and consistent with, apostolic
teaching. The most important patterns for New
Testament life church are the celebration of the
Lords Supper, regular interactive church
meetings, church leading by elder leading not by
Pastor Ruling, No Hired / Salaried Pastor,
Committee ruling or Cultural ruling. And
home-based (home-sized) churches. Without Christ
at the center of things, these patterns become
legalism and death, a hollow form, an empty
shell. Just claim. Following New Testament
patterns does not mean blindly attempting to
recreate any Roman culture. The issue here is
church practice. There should be obvious reasons
behind the practices being followed. People may
blame or refer lot of things as Roman culture, At
that time, At that place, It is not for us ????
ButDo not believe, its not true.
Biblical home churches are not nearly so
programmed and building oriented as many modern
churches are. Because of this, some have
mistakenly concluded that home based churches are
unorganized. Faithfulness to our Lord and His
Word necessarily results in a biblical home
church that follows Gods complete pattern for
His church. Home based churches may not be
institutional, but they are to be organized.
Following the traditions laid down by the
apostles means that home based churches are to
have definite leadership, regular and orderly
meetings, active church discipline, and Lords
Supper as per biblical standard, clear teaching
of doctrine and more .
Apostolic teaching is
faithfully reflected in the essential doctrines
of the bible based Christian faith. This belief
is reflected, Many churches today are firmly
convinced in practical church traditions
developed after the close of the apostolic era.
Although sympathetic with apostolic tradition,
the preference is usually given to more recently
developed traditions. In such cases, there is
danger of diversifying the inspired tradition of
the apostles for the sake of more modern
tradition, culture (Mt 158-9).  
We need to speak and even teach this topic to
others. To aid others leading to the truths of
New Testament church life, This is not the
whole teaching. Just beginning!! Here, we
learned How and Why Apostolic teaching is very
important. We are going to learn more into
subject by subject. That will give us clear
information on how to lead The Church Of God
interactive. Everybody has to involve and
prepare in all subjects which we are going to
learn in coming days if God Permits. What we are
doing here is to make everybody aware about what
are the foundations of New testament church and
what the New Testament says about those
particular topics.
Our Teacher is The Holy Spirit.. Will teach
us and show us the TRUTH, The right way. May
God Bless you ALL !!!!!!!! Marranatha !!!