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Some principles of practices in the church life

Two general principles:

  1. Bible is the sole foundation and the guide in truth. 
  2. All authorities in the church life are the deputy authorities from the Head, Jesus Christ the Lord. We need to submit to the Lord and His deputy authorities so as to keep the oneness in the body for the building up of the church. 

Two practical principles:

  1. We should keep up with the truth ourselves, but allow other’s pursuits and practices to be are relatively free and flexible. 
  2. We should never stumble, judge, or condemn fellow brothers and sisters.

The subtle point here is that we need to follow the apostles’ teachings yet not out of a forced but a willing heart.

The above principles can be applied to many things:

  1. The general practices, such as calling on the name of the Lord, pray reading, RSRP, door knocking, etc. On the one hand, when the leading brothers encourage these practices, we need to realize that we have the freedom to not to follow, and we do not have the freedom to force others to follow. On the other hand, we also need to realize that it is beneficial and blessed for us to follow so as to keep the oneness of the body. 
  2. The ground of locality: We accept and open to all genuine believing and regenerated brothers and sisters, yet we are not part of the divisions and denominations. We would welcome and break bread with anyone who wants to meet with us, yet we do not force anyone to identify with the ground of locality. We condemn the evil systems of denominations and Christendom, yet we love all the brothers and sisters in there.  We can consider the weakness of the denominations out of a loving heart, yet we need to be firm in our standing.
  3. The church life: The church is extremely open and receiving. We cannot reject anyone based on anything other than God’s standard: the seven ones in Ephesians. Some may worry about the simplicity and cleanness of the church life, yet we need to be strong in faith that God will improve and work on the particular people over time. If the gambling, dancing, partying, alcoholic, greedy, or worldly-fashion possessing people believe into God, we need to welcome and accept them into the church life, and we need to believe and pray that God would change them over time. Hence the church life has the nature of both acceptance and constraint.

The results of applying above three principles:

  1. An outwardly open and receiving and inwardly constraining and transforming church life.
  2. A spiritual atmosphere of oneness among the saints by being transformed and conformed to the image of Christ.
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