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# 07785 :  New Assembly

Is there a scriptural pattern to establish a new local assembly in a new area? Or should believers remain or be part of an already existing Assembly which my be out of one's local area? What is the Biblical teaching?

Post by : bt73  View Profile    since : 6 Sep 2015


Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 7 Sep 2015 2:05:04 PM Close

Dear ‘bt73,’

You asked, “Is there a scriptural pattern to establish a new local assembly in a new area?” The answer is, yes, there is a scriptural pattern. This pattern is given historically in Acts and in doctrine in the Epistles and Revelation 1-3.

You asked, “Or should believers remain or be part of an already existing Assembly which my be out of one's local area?” Your question is not clear. Could you make it clearer?

Shalom Malekim!!!

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Reply by : bt73   View Profile   Since : 9 Sep 2015 3:43:30 PM Close

Dear George,

Could you detail a little more on the 1st point?

To be more clear on the 2nd point. If a few believers attending an assembly is doing Gospel work in a different area and feels the need that because of the results of the gospel work a local testimony needs to be established in the other area. How can those believers start a new Assembly? Would it by any chance be in conflict with the Assembly they currently attend? Is it the right thing to do? 

 

 

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 10 Sep 2015 2:37:28 PM Close

Dear ‘bt73,’

On the first point, all I could say is that the scriptural pattern is not a short one. To function as a local assembly, it may be easy for a group of Christians to do so, but the pattern description is not that simple. That is to say that the pattern is simple, but not the description of it. That is why we have about 28 epistles, four Gospels that deal with the life and teachings of Christ to His disciples, and at least one historical book. Therefore, if you are asking about the scriptural pattern of a local assembly, then it is detailed in those books. One has to learn it from those 27 books. Then only, it will be scriptural. If you learn from the writings of men, then it may or may not be scriptural. Most probably, it will be that of that man’s.

About the second point as you explained: If the assembly comes to realize the need to have an assembly at another location, because God has called out some from that locality as the result of the work done there, then that should be done as early as possible. This is the scriptural pattern, and that is how the assemblies at Antioch, Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Thessalonica, Smyrna, Philadelphia, Laodicea, etc. came into existence. The members of the newly formed assembly should be taught in the Scriptural principles by those who labored from the former assembly, or as desired by them.

Shalom Malekim!!!

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Reply by : moses2006   View Profile   Since : 10 Sep 2015 5:29:54 PM Close

Dear 'bt73'

There are no scriptural constraints that I know of preventing a new local assembly from being formed in a new area.

Now, if some believers who will be part of this new assembly already belong to an existing local assembly, then the situation needs utmost care and attention. First of all, the existing assembly should be in the know and there should be a general consensus that a new assembly is truly a needful entity. The believers who intend to start or move to the new assembly should introduce the idea as a prayer matter and publicly state why such a new assembly is necessary. A consensus from the elders and deacons should be sought. Then there should be many months of prayer on this topic, actively seeking the guidance of the Spirit of God. When He says proceed, the existing assembly leaders should be involved in some capacity to identify the new location and identify which families are impacted/benefitted. They should also play a role in identifying new leaders for the new assembly, that meets the requirements in 1 Tim and Titus. The scriptural pattern is for existing leadership to identify new leadership, in the power and guidance of God's Holy Spirit.

If things are done like this, then we have the peaceful coexistance of two sister (but independent) assemblies, each serving the Lord and bringing glory to His name. However, occasionally what happens is that some disgruntled brethren foam a coalision and they make their own decision to part company with an existing assembly to form their own assembly. What usually follows is years or decades of bitter rivalary, bringing ridicule and shame to the testimony and witness of the gospel of Christ. Even when things get normal, the wound inflicted to the conscience in the minds of those involved stay there for a lifetime.

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Reply by : bt73   View Profile   Since : 12 Sep 2015 1:39:43 PM Close

DearBro. George,

Thaks for your input. Would you be able to shed some light from scriptures regarding the 2nd point? 

You mentioned, " If the assembly comes to realize the need to have an assembly at another location, because God has called out some from that locality as the result of the work done there, then that should be done as early as possible. This is the scriptural pattern, and that is how the assemblies at Antioch, Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Thessalonica, Smyrna, Philadelphia, Laodicea, etc. came into existence. The members of the newly formed assembly should be taught in the Scriptural principles by those who labored from the former assembly, or as desired by them.".  Would you be able to give some scriptural references?

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 14 Sep 2015 1:23:52 PM Close

Dear ‘bt73,’

If we study Acts, there we see that the saints at Jerusalem—especially the eleven apostles—sending certain from among them to help those who are at Antioch. Barnabas was sent to Antioch.

Later when the same saints heard about the blessings that came to the believers from the nations through the works of Paul, they asked him to work among the nations and they worked among the Jews. This separation of work is another example.

We read in certain epistles that the letters contained what the apostle taught them when he was with them. That is what I know as teaching to establish the new believers. You may read this in the epistle to the Thessalonians about the coming of the Lord to receive His people—the rapture.

Establishing the newly formed assembly of Christians in the doctrines of the apostles could also be seen in almost all the epistles. It was started at Jerusalem and is written in Acts 2.

Shalom Malekim!!!

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