Assembly Characteristics - Conclusion

Conclusion

Having journeyed through Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians,  I trust the readers of this booklet have observed that there  is a definite pattern for the local assembly that Paul and others who  labored with him taught. The saints in Corinth were violating that  pattern, as it is so often in our day. The pattern of Scripture has  suffered violence down through the centuries of “church history,”  but the Word of God still stands and provides a solid foundation for  those who would seek to obey and practice its truths.

“Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;

Thou savest those that on Thee call;

To them that seek Thee, Thou are good;

To them that find Thee, All in All.”

Bernard

The principles of the local assembly and gathering alone to  the Name of the Lord Jesus were a fresh revelation to men of a past  century in Scotland. Men such as Donald Ross and Donald Munro,  who pioneered in the gospel while linked with an evangelistic  society, were forced to consider whether what the Scriptures taught  was the mind of God for those who were saved. As a result, they  began to see clearly that God’s will was for the believers to gather  on assembly principles to the Lord’s Name alone. We fail miserably  if we do not acknowledge the debt we owe to men such as these,  who paid a cost for the truth of God. But the fact seems so clear that  what one generation paid dearly for and would never relinquish at  any cost is now in danger of being set aside and let go by those who  have never paid the price for it. It is with this sole desire that each  one who reads this might see that this is the ONLY PATTERN that  is found in the Word of God for the saints’ gathering to the Lord in  our day that this has been written. We see that there is an increasing  tendency to hold these principles lightly when they have been  received without any expended effort or price paid through which  convictions have been established.

Perhaps this book will stimulate some younger believers to  develop more exercise to study their Bibles so they might appreciate  the truth as they should. If so, they would benefit spiritually and  eternally from it, and these teachings would be grasped more  dearly and seen more clearly. If this short book can serve the end  of reinforcing these truths in the hearts of some saints, it would be  more than worth the effort!

May the Lord use it for His own honor and for the preservation  of the saints in local assembly capacity until He comes!  Maranatha! 

Joel Portman