- Mike Tillman (Lead Pastor of Ellisboro) recently had major surgery to remove toes on his second foot; he goes to the doctor this Thursday to ascertain if further surgery will be required. Please pray for good news from the doctor.
- Jay Willard (Interim at New Pleasant Grove)- his wife had major stomach/internist surgery last week and recovery this week will be extremely difficult and challenging. Please pray for an easier recovery than expected.
- Doug Byrd (Lead Pastor at Ayersville) has gone through a serious surgery this spring with a very painful recovery. Just recently, he has been diagnosed with liver cancer-- with a growth the size of an orange on his liver. Today, he hopes to receive news as to whether or not the cancer has gravitated to other parts of his body. Please pray for good news from the doctor today.
Polity Part 7: A Study of the Biblical Role and Functions of the Local Church Congregation
Today will be our final segment on recovering a biblical polity for our churches.
The General Role of the Congregation:
Biblical Role #1 of the Congregation: The Democratic Right of Self-Determination
It seems to me that it is self-evident that it is the congregation who determines if they are being called to be a local church and what kind of church they will be. While not a prescriptive teaching of the Scriptures, I believe that the Bible gives us a few descriptive texts of the infancy of churches where the “congregational members” determined that they would meet together for Kingdom purposes.
Dr. Craig Childs, Sr.
Director of Missions for the Dan Valley Baptist Association