“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment” (James 3:1).
There was no personal agenda involved in the research and writing of “The Distinct Church of the New Testament”. Instead, it was the fruit of consistently recognizing the inability of self and fervently pursuing God regarding His will for His heavenly body on earth. It is my belief that the result provides a perspective of the church that is largely unadulterated by religious tradition, organizational strategy and cultural influence.
Learning to understand the church solely from a New Testament perspective has been a life-long process. Writing about it in the form of a book required faithful dependence on God and thousands of hours over a span of 16 years.
Many years ago I learned to read and study the Bible dependently. It was part of the process of my growth in spiritual maturity.
Reading and studying the Bible dependently requires faith and patience. Rather than immediately turning to the thoughts and ideas (Bible commentaries, etc.) given by God to others within the church body, I learned to wait on the indwelling Spirit of God and yield to His counsel. In fact, I refused to move to the next passage of Scripture until the Spirit provided illumination. As a result, the contextual foundation was laid for understanding the passages that followed. The illumination of the Spirit was a privileged blessing that was sometimes received immediately. More often than not, however, it took days, weeks or even months. Yet, when received by faith alone, the illumination of God was unmistakable and, therefore, accompanied by much rejoicing.
Although often overlooked, teaching by the indwelling Spirit of God is a fundamental aspect of Christianity. “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him” (1 John 2:27; cf. John 14:26; Acts 10:38; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:9).
“The Distinct Church of the New Testament” was written prayerfully and dependently. Please read it in the same manner. As a consequence, I believe that you will be as blessed as I have been by “The Distinct Church of the New Testament”.