How can independt local churches cooperate together doing evangelistic and benevolent work? Can they do it without giving up their independance? Sadly, most churches following human wisdom and emotions have developed and deployed centralized schemes where many local churches give up their independance to some institution or body of beody of leaders or some local church. These practices are not authorized in the new Testament. We can work together but it should be done as the apostles’ teaching reveals.

Main Points of This Class

Cooperation of Autonomous, Independent Local Churches

  1. Local churches must be independent and autonomous
  2. Independence safeguards a local church from error
  3. Authorized and unauthorized cooperation
  4. Examples of authorized cooperation of local churches
  5. Examples of unauthorized cooperation of local churches

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By Gary Hunt