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Chapter Eleven: Comparisons

There are three forms of Church structure: Hierarchical, Bureaucratic, and Independent. A brief comparison of these systems will summarize the differences, highlighting why a hierarchical church is a superior system. The...

Chapter Ten: Bishops

As the early Church continued to grow into entire geographic areas, it ordained the next level of captains, Bishops. Not all agree, however, that there are Bishops as distinguished from Presbyters...

Chapter Six: New Testament Royal Priesthood: Symmetry

New Testament Royal Priesthood: Symmetry All great art has symmetry, a balance and proportion. It may be ancient or modern, a painting or a piece of pottery, but it must have...

Chapter Nine: Presbyters

I began the last chapter by referring to a statement that my Bishop writes on the cover of the Bibles given at the ordination of Deacons: "In the heart of the...

Chapter Seven: New Testament Royal Priesthood: Participatory

New Testament Royal Priesthood: Participatory Participation in the Church occurs in many forms, beginning with its worship. The liturgy is designed to engage the people in some kind of activity, even...

Chapter Five: New Testament Royal Priesthood: Legal

New Testament Royal Priesthood: Legal The New Testament hierarchy also has courts, meaning there is a judicial side to the pastoral life of the Church. Problems cannot always be resolved at...

Chapter Four: New Testament Royal Priesthood: Pastoral

New Testament Royal Priesthood: Pastoral And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Therefore,...

Chapter Three: New Testament Royal Priesthood Hierarchy

"And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach...

Chapter Two: Old Testament Royal Priesthood

"Moses’ father-in-law (Jethro) said to him (Moses), “The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this...

Chapter One: Where Do We Begin

Where Do We Begin? Most serious Christians would venture to say that the issue of Church polity like any area should be first approached with the Bible as the ultimate authority. Agreed. My methodology...