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Sunday, October 11, 2015

workmanship churches

I have titled this post, 'workmanship' churches because special emphasis is given to understand and return to the methods of working through the scripture and coming closer to our saviour within these churches.

Some churches have returned to old pagan ways and have fogotten the roots and foundation of our hope in Christ alone (they embrace old pagan ways and practices rather than scripture for hope and redemption).  Key elements of christianity are SIMPLICITY and GRACE.  The more complex and far apart from the human heart a message becomes, the less likely it seeks to bring peace and truth to the individual.  If one of these churches are in your area and you would like fellowship with a few people (some have ten and under people gather for fellowship, some have over fifty).  You may find these churches will work for you and your family.  You do not need to be a member at any of these churches to be a christian, but you DO need to repent, love jesus, and 'study scripture.'  If you have young children, you may find that these types of churches offer good fellowship with wisdom from older ladies, who can help younger women raise your children up in the nurture and admonition of the LORD....

 KEY FEATURES- 'choose life' (human heart beats should be loved and preserved before conception to after stop of beating heart), 'repent of sin with salvation through christ alone' 'born again yes and no' ' beliefs in marriage is between one man one woman(occasionally conditions for poly marriages as necessary)  with adultery or sexual relationship outside of marriage as sinful'

I will list these churches, some special features and you may determine if these types of churches will be helpful in your faith walk.  You may look them up on the internet, to find local congregations in your area, or visit them personally.

Independent Fundamental Baptist -Hymns are encouraged, Use of KJV bible, 'independent' thought with no head quarters, encourage 'church school' (dispose of humanistic evolutionary theories), 'born again,' woman choose the home life

Evangelical Lutheran Synod (norwegian origins) Becareful as some lutheran churches have embraced excessive liberal or humanistic doctrines which are contrary to scripture.  This particular congregation embraces scripture. Hymns are sung, encourages 'church school,' congregants must have good behaviour, does not participate in eccumenical community activities, dispose of humanistic evolutionary theory, expressive preachers are encouraged,

Messianic Jewish Fellowship - careful study of scripture, encourage 'church school,' encourage women to dress modestly, dispose of bad behaviours, encourages jewish origins of faith, some have belief in faith healing like Sid Roth...

Apostolic Christian Fellowship - Does not participate in eccumenical community activities, Accapella Hymns are sung, Use of KJV bible, Women dress modestly, women wear same color head covering, Full water adult baptism, must repent and be born again is emphasized, holy kiss, some use 'church school' others do not, independent thinking with no established head quarters, elders are not paid but are volunteers to preach from randomly selected bible portions, members may not view evil, listen to evil or embrace excessive idolatry (such as sports events), no gambling or drinking aloud even in marriage ceremony, simple marriage and betrothals (man calls for woman through an elderin dream or vision), no chirstmas tree or emphasis on pagan holidays, always feature a congregational meal each sunday

Certain Mennonite Fellowships - Does not participate in eccumenical community activities, accapella hymns are sung, use of KJV bible, women dress modestly, women wear same color head covering, full water adult baptism, must repent and be born again is emphasized, holy kiss, encourage 'church school,' members may not view evils or listen to evils, some are well capable of avoiding idolatry such as excessive sport competition, same as lutheran (some have embraced excessive liberal and humanistic beliefs...some have not), education can be completed by eighth grade

Amish -Accapella hymns, women dress modestly, repent is emphasized, no worldliness, encourage 'church school,' non-electrical lifestyles, education can be completed by eighth grade, children are trained to serve others, elders are given most health treatments from home remedy

Orthodox Jewish - encourage 'church school', women dress modestly, live close to congregation, embrace one day to rest on Sabbath, larger family is blessing,   food and dietary assistance, hebrew and jewish origins and language, biblical and jewish calendar holiday structure. (Does not recognize Jesus/Messiah as Messiah, but encourages biblical old-paths lifestyle Jer 6:16)

Seventh Day Adventist - hymns are encouraged, careful study of old testament, use of kjv bible, encourage natural health and healing, encourage 'church school,' fellowship on 'seventh day,'

Quaker or puritan - 'friends'.... maybe hymns.... I do not know a lot on how these congregations have shifted since sixteen - eighteen hundreds....... but the original men and women were very faithful, the quakers were peace makers and gave us featured women like Susan B. Anthony, some have altered into baptist or independent baptist congregations...others into more liberal methodist congregations

Other congregations that have basic beliefs but may have more contemporary upbeat music...

Assemblies of God - Full Water Baptism, belief in faith healings, encourage 'church school,' Pastor only attends two year 'bible college' with no additional theology,  encourage sharing of gospel through technology and 'hearing bible' in own language, speaking in tongues, some congregations can grow very large....

Various Baptist Churches - good baptist churches encourage members and visitors to flee from bondage to sin such as drinking, fornication, pharmaceutical dependency, gluttony, family problems, anger and so on..... more poor congregations are more eccumenical and celebrate pagan holidays.... or are 'social gospel' based....not 'only gospel' based, Full Water Baptism

Great Commission Churches - emphasis on feeding the poor during a meal fellowship about once a month, encourage 'church school,' encourage diligent bible study, often attract outcasts and people of poor conditions, Full Water Baptism

Four Square Churches - similar to assemblies of God and baptist or great commission church... the church may feature hymns.  I do not know a lot about this style of church.

North American Lutheran - Feature many Hymns, but may include fellowship with eccumenical environments, emphasize suffering for righteousness, here too, some congregations or members may not be 'saved' but show very good hospitality to strangers...

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