Why Does This Paragould Church Hope Y...

Why Does This Paragould Church Hope You Never Go To Church Again?

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Since: Aug 12

Paragould, AR

#1 Aug 31, 2012
Fellowship Bible Church of Paragould encourages you to stop going to church and start BEING the church.

When you read the Bible you see that the church is not a building or a place that you go to. The church is a people who have been saved by God's power for God's purpose.

What is that purpose? To bring joy to the city by seeking to bless the lives of people in the city for the glory of God.

We believe the gospel of Jesus Christ is not only true news, but good news. Therefore, we want to share this good news in word and in deed with those in our city because we believe there are many in our city who need good news.

You can find out more about us here:

Website: www.fellowshipparagould.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FellowshipParagould

Twitter:@FellowshipPg

We encourage you to come hang out with us on Sunday, September 9, at Paragould Cinema 8 @ 9:30am as we officially launch our Sunday Gathering. Come as you are and expect to be loved and blessed. We will be done around 10:50am.

We promise not to hold your sin against you, and we promise to let you grow in God's timing, not ours.

We really do hope you never "go" to church again. We want you to discover how beautiful and life-giving it is to BE the church.

Jesus came to give you the life you were created for by freeing you from everything that is pulling you down. Come experience that life with us.
guest

United States

#2 Aug 31, 2012
Sounds nice
guest

Paragould, AR

#3 Sep 1, 2012
You sound like Crazy Jenn Wilburn.
guest

United States

#4 Sep 1, 2012
Can any group gather together and claim to be the church? What if their teachings are contrary to what the church has always taught? What if their modes of worship and observance of the sacraments are contrary to the historic traditions of the church? What if their interpretations of the bible are different than what Christians have always believed?
Finding

Brookland, AR

#5 Sep 1, 2012
guest wrote:
Can any group gather together and claim to be the church? What if their teachings are contrary to what the church has always taught? What if their modes of worship and observance of the sacraments are contrary to the historic traditions of the church? What if their interpretations of the bible are different than what Christians have always believed?
You need to get the bible out and read it, if they are teaching something contray to God's word, then they are not the true church. You are required to do some things before you can become a christian. We are required to worship him in spirit and truth, the bible tell us how to worship him.
guest

United States

#6 Sep 2, 2012
Finding wrote:
You need to get the bible out and read it, if they are teaching something contray to God's word, then they are not the true church. You are required to do some things before you can become a christian. We are required to worship him in spirit and truth, the bible tell us how to worship him.
I do read the bible. What I find are churches that began as outgrowth from other churches, not a group of people gathering together and calling themselves the church.

Indeed, the New Testament goes to great lengths documenting the growth of the early church through men like St. Paul planting new churches. We also have historical records that document all of the Apostles doing the same thing in other areas of the world.

And after the Apostles, we have the apostolic fathers doing the same work, then the early church fathers, and so on to this very day.

Leaders of local churches are ordained for that purpose, they don't just wake up one morning and declare themselves to be Bishops, Priests and Deacons. They are examined and chosen by the church leadership to ensure they are qualified for the office and that they will faithfully teach the truth.

In our day with so much false teaching, we must compare what these new groups teach and do with what the church has taught and practiced for 2000 years.

I agree with you that the bible states how God is to be worshipped. My experience has been that few churches follow the scriptures in this regard. We are to worship and honor Him, and observe the sacraments, not to "hang out".

I think Christian social activities are great, but I don't confuse them with worship.

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Since: Aug 12

Paragould, AR

#7 Sep 2, 2012
guest wrote:
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I do read the bible. What I find are churches that began as outgrowth from other churches, not a group of people gathering together and calling themselves the church.
Indeed, the New Testament goes to great lengths documenting the growth of the early church through men like St. Paul planting new churches. We also have historical records that document all of the Apostles doing the same thing in other areas of the world.
And after the Apostles, we have the apostolic fathers doing the same work, then the early church fathers, and so on to this very day.
Leaders of local churches are ordained for that purpose, they don't just wake up one morning and declare themselves to be Bishops, Priests and Deacons. They are examined and chosen by the church leadership to ensure they are qualified for the office and that they will faithfully teach the truth.
In our day with so much false teaching, we must compare what these new groups teach and do with what the church has taught and practiced for 2000 years.
I agree with you that the bible states how God is to be worshipped. My experience has been that few churches follow the scriptures in this regard. We are to worship and honor Him, and observe the sacraments, not to "hang out".
I think Christian social activities are great, but I don't confuse them with worship.
You will be happy to learn that Fellowship Bible Church of Paragould has been planted out of Fellowship Bible Church of Jonesboro after a year long, extentsive, process where the pastors were trained and Evaluated by the pastors and church in Jonesboro.

Fellowship Jomesboro was planted by Fellowship Little Rock 10 years ago.

We agree that healthy churches plant churches. That is how a new testament church is planted.
guest

United States

#8 Sep 2, 2012
Fellowship Paragould wrote:
You will be happy to learn that Fellowship Bible Church of Paragould has been planted out of Fellowship Bible Church of Jonesboro after a year long, extentsive, process where the pastors were trained and Evaluated by the pastors and church in Jonesboro.
Fellowship Jomesboro was planted by Fellowship Little Rock 10 years ago.
We agree that healthy churches plant churches. That is how a new testament church is planted.
That's great. So what is the origin of these new testament "fellowship" churches? Do they have a lineage back to the Church founded by Christ and the Apostles? Were the pastors ordained by bishops, and if so, who ordained the bishops? Who is the figurehead of the "fellowship" branch of Christ's church? Do you have an archbishop, metropolitan, primate, or other such office?
guest

Paragould, AR

#9 Sep 2, 2012
Funny..I've read the bible countless times and have never came upon any phrases such as archbishop, metropolitan, primate, etc. Who are you to say God doesn't call people to preach His word without being ordained by bishops? That is nowhere in the Bible.
guest wrote:
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That's great. So what is the origin of these new testament "fellowship" churches? Do they have a lineage back to the Church founded by Christ and the Apostles? Were the pastors ordained by bishops, and if so, who ordained the bishops? Who is the figurehead of the "fellowship" branch of Christ's church? Do you have an archbishop, metropolitan, primate, or other such office?
guest

United States

#10 Sep 3, 2012
guest wrote:
Funny..I've read the bible countless times and have never came upon any phrases such as archbishop, metropolitan, primate, etc. Who are you to say God doesn't call people to preach His word without being ordained by bishops? That is nowhere in the Bible.
Not only do we have the clear teaching of Scripture on this point, we have 2000 years of Church practice that dates back to the earliest days of the Church when the Apostles ordained others to the offices of Bishop, Priest and Deacon.

We find in scripture that Timothy was ordained Bishop by Paul, through the laying on of hands:

2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Priests also must be ordained in order to duly adminster the sacraments. They don't just wake up one morning and claim to have that authority. The practice began with the Apostles ordaining qualified men as Bishops, and those men in turn ordaining others as Bishops, Priests and Deacons, and so on to this very day.

Acts 14:23 And when they [Paul and Barnabas] had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Hebrews 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.

Deacons also are ordained to that office, and we read in Acts chapter 6 that the Apostles appointed cetain men as Deacons, and then ordained them through the laying on of hands.

Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

One cannot read the writings of the apostolic fathers, early church fathers, or church historians and clearly understand that the practice of the ancient church was to follow what the Scriptures teach regarding ordination to the offices of Bishop, Priest and Deacon, and the manner in which that was accomplished.

The Church is the fulfillment of the pattern we find on the Old Testament. The Priesthood was very limited, and the manner of worship that God deemed acceptable was very precise. It is no less so today.

In order to guard against false teaching and to protect against the inerrant administering of the sacraments, the offices of Bishop, Priest and Deacon are not to be filled by just anyone, and those who properly fill those offices must first be ordained by those who hold the office of Bishop.

It has always been so in Christ's Church.
guest

Paragould, AR

#11 Sep 3, 2012
Who ordained Paul?
guest

United States

#12 Sep 3, 2012
guest wrote:
Who ordained Paul?
Some of the other Apostles. See Galatians 2.
guest

Mount Vernon, TX

#13 Sep 3, 2012
guest wrote:
Who ordained Paul?
Fred Phelps at the Westboro Baptist church.
peaches77

Paragould, AR

#14 Sep 3, 2012
Don't forget Apostolic Succession...
OMG

United States

#15 Sep 4, 2012
This is why people dont go to church!!! Crap like this
guest

Abernathy, TX

#16 Sep 4, 2012
OMG wrote:
This is why people dont go to church!!! Crap like this
That, and the fact that there's better things to do that heap undeserved praises on nonexistent deities.
guest

United States

#17 Sep 4, 2012
OMG wrote:
This is why people dont go to church!!! Crap like this
It's not crap, it's historic Christianity. I know in our time new churches pop up almost every day. That causes confusion and disunity, and the beliefs and practices they espouse continue to move farther and farther away from the beliefs and practices of the Church founded by Christ 2000 years ago.

People should consider that for the first 1000 years of Church history, there was only one denomination. Then for the next 500 there were only two. Even for a couple hundred years after the Protestant Reformation, there were still only a handful and they all were in agreement on the essential beliefs of the faith.

The explosion of denominations is very new in an historical context, and with the creation of so many came errant teachings and practices.

So, don't be dismayed that there are some of us who believe we should hold tightly to the beliefs and practices of the ancient Church, for that is what we are urged to do:

Jude 1:3
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that YE SHOULD EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH WHICH WAS ONCE DELIVERED unto the saints.(emphasis added)
guest

Paragould, AR

#18 Sep 4, 2012
Are you catholic?
guest wrote:
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It's not crap, it's historic Christianity. I know in our time new churches pop up almost every day. That causes confusion and disunity, and the beliefs and practices they espouse continue to move farther and farther away from the beliefs and practices of the Church founded by Christ 2000 years ago.
People should consider that for the first 1000 years of Church history, there was only one denomination. Then for the next 500 there were only two. Even for a couple hundred years after the Protestant Reformation, there were still only a handful and they all were in agreement on the essential beliefs of the faith.
The explosion of denominations is very new in an historical context, and with the creation of so many came errant teachings and practices.
So, don't be dismayed that there are some of us who believe we should hold tightly to the beliefs and practices of the ancient Church, for that is what we are urged to do:
Jude 1:3
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that YE SHOULD EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH WHICH WAS ONCE DELIVERED unto the saints.(emphasis added)

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