What is a New Testament Assembly?
An assembly is a company of people who have been saved (Acts 2.1), baptized by immersion and gather unto the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 18. 20; 1 Cor. 1. 1-9; 5. 4, etc.), who meet regularly in a particular locality according to the pattern found in the New Testament in Acts 2. 41-42, and developed fully in Epistles such as 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy. Such an assembly is a spiritual fellowship (1 Cor. 10. 16-17) which is expressed visibly as the believers meet for the breaking of bread, prayer, testimony, the teaching of the word of God and gospel preaching. They have been gathered together by the Holy Spirit (Mark 14. 13; Rom. 8. 14); their sole authority is the Bible (2 Tim. 3. 16-17) and they have the promise of Christ to be in their midst (Matt. 18.20). They are a residence of the Holy Spirit on earth, so they are a temple unto the Lord (1 Cor. 3. 15-16). Such an assembly is guided by overseers and served by deacons in both temporal and spiritual ministries (1 Tim. 3. 1-16). The priesthood of all believers is exercised in worship, praise and prayer and the gifts given by the Lord (Eph. 4. 8-13) have liberty to function under the control of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 14. 23-40). There is a clear line of demarcation between the ‘within’ and the ‘without’ of an assembly and purity is maintained by a careful, compassionate and godly exercise of discipline (1 Cor. 5. 1-13).
Modified from ‘Gathering unto His Name’ (N. Crawford) 1986.
There are around a dozen other New Testament assemblies in North East Somerset and well over 1,000 in the UK.