Marks of a New Testament Church

The principles below for a New Testament church came from a book called Trail of Blood by Jim Carroll. Credit to him for organizing what the Bible says on the matter.


1. Its Head and Founder–CHRIST. He is the law-giver; the Church is only the executive. (Matt. 16:18;Col. 1:18)

2. Its only rule of faith and practice–THE BIBLE. (II Tim. 3:15-17)

3. Its name–“CHURCH,” “CHURCHES.” (Matt. 16:18Rev. 22:16)

4. Its polity–CONGREGATIONAL–all members equal. (Matt. 20:24-28Matt. 23:5-12)

5. Its members–only saved people. (Eph. 2:21I Peter 2:5)

6. Its ordinances–BELIEVERS’ BAPTISM, FOLLOWED BY THE LORD’S SUPPER. (Matt. 28:19-20)

7. Its officers–PASTORS AND DEACONS. (I Tim. 3:1-16)

8. Its work–getting folks saved, baptizing them (with a baptism that meets all the requirements of God’s Word), teaching them (“to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you”). (Matt. 28:16-20)

9. Its financial plan–“Even so (TITHES and OFFERINGS) hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel,” (I Cor. 9:14)

10. Its weapons of warfare–spiritual, not carnal. (II Cor. 10:4Eph. 6:10-20)

11. Its independence–separation of Church and State. (Matt. 22:21)


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