The full His Church Bible Study is supplied as a free 54 page (double-sided) PDF document, which can be downloaded below.
“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred; but new wine must be put into new bottles.”
Excerpt from Introduction to ‘His Church’…
Bottles in the above quotation is referring to the old leather type, otherwise known as wineskins. These were once used to produce and store wine in. The science is simple – the freshly trodden grape juice is mixed with a little yeast and poured into the new wineskin. The fermentation process takes its course producing gasses that expand the supple container. Put this new wine into a skin which has been used before and both the contents and its container are wasted. The spiritual principle here can firstly be applied to the individual’s need of being made into a completely new creation in Christ in order to be a fit vessel for God’s life within. However, the life of Christ is not only placed in individual human hearts, but God has also chosen to manifest His presence in this world through the Body of people which is known as His Church. It should not be surprising then to see that, along with the many other revelations of Scripture, God’s Word contains an abundance of references to the nature and order of the container of His own precious life.
The following study is an overview of the ‘outward shell’ of church-life based upon the New Testament teachings. There are many profound and deeply spiritual ways that one could approach the subject of His Church, the very life-blood of Christ, the new wine, runs through this company, but here the focus is mainly upon the ‘wineskin’. This study follows a simple progression of thought seeking to answer, from Scripture, some basic questions on the pattern for the New Testament Church. This is a Bible study and as such is ideally intended to be read in order and digested slowly. Search the Scriptures to see whether these things be so. It may be helpful to start by reading Appendix 1 – ‘Inspiration of Scripture’. Everything within this study is based upon the premise that God has preserved in His Word a pattern for all churches in all places at all times.
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