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Back to Christadelphian Publications. It is usual for two brethren to assist one another in immersing a buide. If a brother or sister, or group of members, are too proud to submit to this, they are self-condemned: The servants of the Ecclesia Many ecclesias appoint the following servants: Christ places this principle foremost: He must be a safe keeper of all monies.
All such brethren are only performing duties for the good of the rest. Formation of a new Ecclesia This must always be done with christadelphin full, joyful blessing of the ecclesia to which the members of the proposed new ecclesia already belong. A first necessity in such a case will be a room to meet in. But if a really serious misunderstanding does christadelphia, it is the duty of each to meet the other and put the matter right at once, in a spirit of forgiveness.
As Christ loved us and gave himself for the body, so each disciple should imitate him in genuine concern for the well-being of all. Qualifications of serving brethren Paul defines these in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and every effort should be made to follow his apostolic instructions.
In an ecclesia of the living God it is needful that besides this quality he also exhibit the mind of Christ. Cases of sin and withdrawal Withdrawal is a serious step, and ought not to be taken lightly against any brother.
Of course, to expect perfection is both impossible and foolish, and perhaps one outstanding quality which is really essential in any arranging and recording brother is that stated by Paul: The members of even a small ecclesia can often do much themselves towards construction and maintenance of a modest place of worship and cnristadelphian, using local resources and their labour freely given to the Lord.
The nature of the water does not matter —it can ecclesjal equally well carried out in river, sea, pool or bath, provided that it is done publicly before witnesses and the candidate is completely covered by the water.
But the candidate should be encouraged to answer as far as possible unaided by others, since it is the extent of his knowledge which is the essential qualification for baptism. It is customary to do this while the brethren and sisters stand, and is followed by an appropriate hymn or anthem.
This topic is locked. The ghide of brethren to certain duties is not the appointment of men to exercise authority, but of men to serve. It is important to remember this all the time. There is no set of rules within the pages of the Bible, Instead we have to glean from the words of the Lord and of his apostles how the first ecclesias conducted their business and behaved themselves in times of joy and sorrow, in poverty and abundance, in faithfulness and under threat of heresy, the stain of ungodliness and persecution.
Unity, harmony, order, zeal, sympathy, meekness, holiness, righteousness and peace should be manifest in the behaviour and arrangements. In parts of Africa the above arrangements will be modified in accordance with established ecclesial practice.
The gospel we preach unites men in Christ. There is no other practicable alternative in the absence of our Master.
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There are many great church buildings where the spirit of Christ is not to be found. The recording brother particularly should be discreet, not easily upset or liable to take offence —in fact a gentleman.
Much can be done by the loving co-operation of brethren and sisters who follow the Lord. He will mix the enthusiasm of the servant of Christ with the care, forethought and accuracy of a banker.
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Arrangements within the Ecclesia In all communities, large and small, there must be order and mutual submission, in order to attain the objects of their existence. We are all beset by infirmity. For baptism to be valid and effective there should be a serious disposition to follow God and a heartfelt repentance for the errors, misdeeds and ignorance of eclesial past.
They will be enabled to do this more easily if they remember the apostolic command to submit to one another. Search Advanced Search section: They never appeal to chrishadelphian for money for buildings or any other purpose. But even then, these should seek the counsel and advice of brethren of wide experience in the brotherhood before taking such a serious step. In such a case the minority will bear their disappointment and conform to the decision of the majority.
Duties of the Treasurer As the holder of the bag, the principal quality in any treasurer is trustworthiness. In some parts of the world the prevailing mating behaviour is not Christian for the most part, and only a combination of sound teaching and clear example christadelpjian responsible brethren and sisters will demonstrate that our standards are those gkide the Lord Jesus.
The ecclesia also must set its face christqdelphian against the prevailing irresponsibility in mating and parenthood. There is a constant temptation to compromise this faithful position by involvement in party politics, union agitations and other forms of activity which divide men asunder.
This is most important for the continued life and progress of the ecclesia. It will probably be sufficient at first for a company of two or three to meet m the home of one of them.
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Jesus alone will reveal the motives and search the hearts of mankind. A clear and full record of all receipts and payments, in conjunction with the recording brother, and a clear report at each business meeting, completes his part —an ecclssial, honourable, though humble part. When every mind is influenced by the Word, the worst rules carry the ecclesia forward smoothly.
Then he is not christaeelphian brotherly man, and not suitable, however great his practical abilities may be. Alongside these high and proper ideals, each ecclesia has to run its everyday affairs.