The New Testament Church - Three Practices Of
As a church we do our best to base our doctrine and practices on biblical principles and examples. This study provides scriptural explanation for three of these practices from the New Testament.
Passover supper (Jewish background). The bread represents the body of Christ and the wine represents the blood of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 11:23 ff
Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. It is a proclamation of the Lord’s death until he comes. Examine yourself before eating.
Christians came together in order to break bread. It appears from the evidence of the New Testament, and that of early church history, that the Christians broke bread together at least once a week. Suggested scriptures: Exodus 12 (historical background); Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-20; John 6:48-58; Acts 2:42.
Your treasure is where you heart is.
We cannot serve both God and money. Ensure that God is first.
Are you honoring God with your money? Give him the “first fruits” of your income. Be responsible when you are away; leave your contribution behind (the church needs it) or make it up when you return.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Taking up a collection to meet the needs of the poor is biblical.
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Good material on sacrificial giving.
Suggested scriptures: Exodus 36:6-7; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 6:38; 1 Timothy 6:5-10, 17
Confession of Sin:
You will not prosper if you keep sins inside.
One-on-one confession of sins for prayer and healing. Ask spiritual people to pray for you. Their prayers are heard.
1 John 1:5-10
Continue to walk in the light by confessing your sin to someone that will pray for you and ask how you are doing in your repentance.