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Luke's Vision for Church Life in Acts
People often view the Acts of the Apostles as a book about "going and telling"—a book that describes the spread of witness to Jesus to the ends of the earth. But Acts is also about "going and gathering."
A frequently asked question in the local church setting is, "Who is in charge?" People want to know, what is the authority structure?
Southern Baptists have identified their understanding of the biblical teaching concerning the church in Article VI of The Baptist Faith and Message, "The Church."
One of the basic understandings among Baptists, and many other denominations, is that at some point a true and faithful follower of Jesus Christ will unite with a local body of believers of like faith and practice.
The autonomy of the local church has been a central tenet of Baptists since before the foundation of the SBC in 1845.
Glorifying God ~ By Being a Biblically Sound Church by Mark Dever; Glorifying God ~ By Producing Mature Believers by John Revell
The principle of local church autonomy is one of the most cherished distinctives of ecclesiology among Southern Baptists today.