SOURCE: The Minister’s Monthly, June 1965, page 443
A NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
By Frank L. Cox
I. A harmonious church. “And all that believed were together” (Acts 2: 4). “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and one soul” (Acts 4: 32).
II. A generous church. “They sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according as any man had need” (Acts 2: 45). “And not one of them said that aught of the things which he possessed was his own. but they had all things common” (Acts 4: 32).
III. A growing church. “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all” (Acts 4: 33). “And the Lord added to them day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2: 47).
IV. A joyful church. “They took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people” (Acts 2: 46, 47).
The congregation that does not possess these features cannot rightfully claim to be a church after the New Testament order. Every member should do his part to make the congregation what it should be.