While denominations do have benefits, they also have downsides. But, what's most important to remember is that they are not the ultimate authority for determining and fulfilling our church purpose.
Denominations & Denominational Doctrine, Bylaws, and Practices are not the UltimateGod and His Word should be the primary guiding force in all we do. The Bible is the grid through which we pursue God's purposes. All decisions should be filtered through His Word.
- 2 Tim. 3:16-17 - Scripture is the ultimate authority.
- Mk. 7:1-8 - Traditions should not be allowed to supersede the Word of God.
- 1 Cor. 3:1-11 - The Church is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and God is supreme, not another person or organization. To function otherwise is to be worldly, not spiritual.
The Steering the Church Toward God's Purposes Leadership Guide very briefly looks at benefits and downsides of denominations while continuing to point to the Bible as the ultimate grid through which we determine and fulfill our church purpose. It also cautions against other sources we might put above the Word of God.
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