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Summary: Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. - Ephesians 2:20 When we consider this verse it seems strange for modern evangelical believers to read that the foundation of the church ..

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Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. - Ephesians 2:20

When we consider this verse it seems strange for modern evangelical believers to read that the foundation of the church is on apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ. The modern teaching is Jesus is the foundation and do not worry about Church history in general. Some modern believers feel very disconnected with the testimony of the Church through the last 2000 years and feel somewhat alone. It might be a shock to know that almost all church leaders during the reformation, luther, calvin, to the moravians and the wesleys believed in apostolic succession. What does that mean? It meant to them that they were not alone and are carrying on the true testimony of the Church that Jesus founded.

God has always used leaders namely apostles to carry on his Church testimony in every age. Sometimes he had to raise up that apostle from apparently nowhere, but there they are. It was healthy and still is to seek to find our roots in the ancient church and not only in a modern movement existing for just 50-100 years. Is it wrong for a modern movement to claim to be be simply following the book of Acts today? No. Neither is it wrong for believers to seek to be connected in a meaningfully way to the 2000 year old Church that Jesus promised to build. Wesley was ordained by an Orthodox priest for the right to appoint his bishops as one example. What a blessing to know we are a part of a Church testimony on this earth that has lasted time and is a shining Bride for our Lord when he comes.


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