Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 6

The Master’s College 2014-2015 Catalog
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THE COLLEGE
15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
We teach that the church is thus a unique spiritual
organism designed by Christ, made up of all born-
again believers in this present age (Ephesians
2:11-3:6). The church is distinct from Israel (1
Corinthians 10:32), a mystery not revealed until
this age (Ephesians 3:1-6; 5:32).
We teach that the establishment and continuity of
local churches is clearly taught and defined in the
NewTestament Scriptures (Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28;
Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1Thessalonians 1:1; 2
Thessalonians 1:1) and that the members of the one
spiritual body are directed to associate themselves
together in local assemblies (1 Corinthians 11:18-
20; Hebrews 10:25).
We teach that the one supreme authority for the
church is Christ (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18)
and that leadership, gifts, order, discipline, and
worship in the church are all appointed through
His sovereignty as found in the Scriptures. The
biblically-designated officers serving under Christ
and over the assembly are elders (males, who are
also called bishops, pastors, and pastor-teachers;
(Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11)) and deacons, both of
whommust meet biblical qualifications (1 Timothy
3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5).
We teach that these leaders lead or rule as servants
of Christ (1 Timothy 5:17-22) and have His
authority in directing the church. The congregation
is to submit to their leadership (Hebrews 13:7, 17).
We teach the importance of discipleship (Matthew
28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2), mutual accountability of
all believers to each other (Matthew 18:15-17), as
well as the need for discipline for sinning members
of the congregation in accord with the standards
of Scripture (Matthew 18:15-22; Acts 5:1-11; 1
Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1
Timothy 1:19-20; Titus 1:10-16).
We teach the autonomy of the local church, free
from any external authority or control, with the
right of self-government and freedom from the
interference of any hierarchy of individuals or
organizations (Titus 1:5). We teach that it is
scriptural for true churches to cooperate with
each other for the presentation and propagation of
the faith. Local churches, however, through their
pastors and their interpretation and application of
Scripture, should be the sole judges of the measure
and method of their cooperation (Acts 15:19-31;
20:28; 1 Corinthians 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
We teach that the purpose of the church is to glorify
God (Ephesians 3:21) by building itself up in the
faith (Ephesians 4:13-16), by instruction of the
Word (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-17), by fellowship
(Acts 2:47; 1 John 1:3), by keeping the ordinances
(Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42) and by advancing and
communicating the gospel to the entire world
(Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8).
We teach the calling of all saints to the work of
service (1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 4:12;
Revelation 22:12).
We teach the need of the church to cooperate with
God as He accomplishes His purpose in the world.
To that end, He gives the church spiritual gifts. He
gives men chosen for the purpose of equipping the
saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:7-
12) and He also gives unique and special spiritual
abilities to each member of the body of Christ
(Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; 1 Peter
4:10-11).
We teach that there were two kinds of gifts given the
early church: miraculous gifts of divine revelation
and healing, given temporarily in the apostolic era
for the purpose of confirming the authenticity of
the apostles’ message (Hebrews 2:3-4; 2 Corinthians
12:12); and ministering gifts, given to equip
believers for edifying one another. With the New
Testament revelation now complete, Scripture
becomes the sole test of the authenticity of a man’s
message. Confirming gifts of a miraculous nature
are no longer necessary to validate a man or his
message (1 Corinthians 13:8-12). Miraculous gifts
can even be counterfeited by Satan so as to deceive
even believers (Matthew 24:24). The only gifts in
operation today are those non-revelatory equipping
gifts given for edification (Romans 12:6-8).
We teach that no one possesses the gift of healing
today but that God does hear and answer the prayer
of faith and will answer in accordance with His
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