On August 10, 2013 a group of seven persons, all members of my family, agreed to formally establish a new Church organization called Messenger Church of God. Our aim in the Messenger Church of God is to follow Jesus Christ in practicing and teaching the original Christianity of Jesus and the apostles of the New Testament. Being human, I do not doubt that we will make our share of mistakes. But I intend to be open to admitting errors when they are exposed, and correcting them. As a Church it is our aim to grow toward the perfection God wants us to be growing into (Matthew 5:48; Ephesians 4:13-15).
Jesus commanded the Church to take the message of his word — the gospel of the kingdom of God — to the entire world, and to nurture those responding to the message (Matthew 28:19-20). We intend to vigorously pursue that work as God makes the necessary resources available to us.
Currently, the work of faith we have set upon is at the “grain of mustard seed” stage (Matthew 13:31-32). But we are confident that if we do our part fruit will be born to God’s glory (John 15:8; 1 Corinthians 3:7). As Christ instructed, we are also praying for more laborers — faithful Christians committed to the truth — to be sent to the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).
Below is the founding document establishing the Messenger Church of God:
We hereby covenant together to establish on August 10, 2013 a church fellowship named Messenger Church of God.
We acknowledge that the true Church of God is a spiritual body made up of those whose names are registered in heaven (Hebrews 12:23), and is not identical with any human organization of men. We thus make no claim to be the only Church fellowship representing Christ on the earth, but we have come together to fellowship with one another in the Father and Jesus Christ, endeavoring to faithfully follow the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:3-7).
We recognize Jesus Christ as the head of the Church, its chief apostle, and sovereign ruler (Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 3:1). Jesus Christ is the sole mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). Each member of the Church has direct access to God’s throne through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16; 10:19-22). Each member is being judged individually by Jesus Christ, and each will give account of himself as an individual to God (Romans 2:6; 14:11-12).
The Church will be governed in accordance with Biblical principles, understanding that the ministry, while entitled to respect and cooperation in the legitimate discharge of their duties, is required to be faithful to God and his word. Authority in the ministry is not absolute but is limited by God’s word to those actions which are in accord with God’s word and which edify the body of Christ. Failing that, members are under no obligation to continue in fellowship with them (Hebrews 13:7, 18; Deuteronomy 13:1-4, 18:20-22; Isaiah 8:20; Jeremiah 23:28, 32; Acts 5:29).
In terms of outreach, the mission of the Church is to continue to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and the original apostles, proclaiming the true gospel – God’s word – faithfully, and teaching obedience to his commandments (Matthew 28:18-20; John 8:31).
The ultimate and final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith and practice is the Holy Bible – the Old and New Testaments – correctly understood.
Copyright © 2013 by Rod Reynolds
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