Some characteristics that marked New Testament churches:

– Church government was a simple process of everyone seeking the Lord’s will and coming to agreement about what he was saying, together.   Leaders weren’t “in charge.”  They were the mature brothers and sisters who acted as guides.  NT church leaders operated in advisory, not executive roles.

– Church leaders were always recognized from within the church they were going to lead.  Leadership was raised up locally, and decisions were always made by the collective body of believers.

– Without exception, NT churches met in houses.  Churches were numerically small because a house limits the size of the number of people you can fit in it.  The design is to have lots and lots of little churches as opposed to having a smaller number of numerically large churches.

Is that what your “church” looks like?

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