The Local Church is Capable (Plain Bible Teaching)

Plain Bible Teaching: The First Ten Years

The following is an excerpt from the book, Plain Bible Teaching: The First Ten Years.

The local church is capable of accomplishing what God intends. The church does not need to implement man’s ideas in place of, or in addition to, God’s. The church does not need the aid of human institutions or sponsoring churches. Christians do not need to form human organizations through which they can engage in spiritual works. They have the church for this. This is God’s design. We do not need to try to improve it.

Yet some will say, “Look at the good we can do” by engaging in some unauthorized practice. But we need to remember that what is good has been defined by God. The word of God is able to make us “adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). If we cannot find authority for a practice in the word of God, we cannot classify it as a good work. If something is a good work, it has already been authorized by God in His word.

Others might say, “We can do more this way.” Such a statement indicts God as providing something that is inferior to the inventions of man. Is God’s design inadequate? “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?” (Job 40:2). Who are we to say that we have come up with something superior to what God has given in the church?

We do not need to rely on our own wisdom (Proverbs 14:12). We simply need to trust in God that His way is best (Proverbs 3:5). Let us have enough faith and trust in God that we will not look for a better way. Instead, let us simply do things in the way He has directed, through the organization He has established.

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