Churches & Denominations

Summary

Endorsements

Concepts

About Churches

Church Leadership

Read more about church leadership to see what a church must do to follow God’s plan for Christian community.

Church Authority

Read more about church authority to see who is allowed to start and govern churches.

Understanding Denominations

Historical Protestantism 

Charismatic Protestantism

Catholicism

Read more about Catholics

Orthodoxy

Why did God allow denominations?

Although denominations are allowed (Romans 14:3) and decentralized churches are encouraged (Mark 9:38-39), many would agree it’s not ideal for unity (I Corinthians 1:10). God allowed these divisions because they allowed various truths about God to flourish and not die out due to church pride. Evangelicals boldy preach the Word (II Timothy 4:2) and have a personal relationship with Jesus (John 15:15). Charismatics ecstatically pray to the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20) and prophecy into others’ lives (I Corinthians 14:1). Catholics revere the Holy Father in the Eucharist (Luke 22:19) and evangelize as the largest denomination (II Timothy 4:5). Orthodoxy’s rich history stays true to their soul (I Corinthians 11:2), and are loyal through baptism to the King (Acts 8:12).

Historic Protestants

Modern Protestants

Orthodox

Examples

Baptists, Evangelicals

Pentecostals, Charismatics

North America

Africa

South America, Europe

Asia

Reading Bible, Fellowship

Prayer

Eucharist, Confession

Baptism, Repentance/Forgiveness

Trinitarian Focus (Matthew 28:19)

Son (Jesus)

Holy Spirit

Father

Father

Love (Luke 10:27)

Mind

Heart

Strength

Ministry (Eph. 4:11)

Pastors and Teachers

Apostles and Prophets

Evangelists

Apostles and Teachers

God’s Role

Friend

Father

King

Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)

Joy, Goodness

Love, Kindness, Gentleness

Patience, Self-control

Peace, Faithfulness

Uniting Denominations

Uniting Protestants and Catholics

Uniting Historic and Modern Protestants

See “How can Historical Protestants unite with Modern Protestants?

Uniting Catholics and Orthodox

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