Summary: Our Churches need to wake up and see whats going on.
THE CHURCH NEEDS FOR TODAY
Rev. 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
What the New Testament Church needs is the New Testament .
Plain forward Bible teachings as set forth in the New Testament.
(1) The under shepherd are pastor, overseer.
1st Tim.5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
18 For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
Needs to be converted, solid ,sincere a total experience with God.
Needs to be called of God not man.
Needs to be scriptural in all ways.
Needs to be consecrated life language ,clean and pure
Needs to be compassionate deep love for God and Church.
(2) Deacons as servants
Acts 6:3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
1st Tim; 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus
Seven men not women ( Stephen was a man)
Full of Faith and the Holy Spirit
Honest report with God Church and World
Ability to settle problems handle business help the pastor
Faithful wife in all things
Children under subjection
(3) Teachers Bible teachers
Eph. 4: 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;