The New Testament is the model for God’s people. Its teachings are normative for all people everywhere, in all times. First-century congregations were not perfect, by any means, but by visits and letters they were urged to conform to the divine standard then being taught and now found in the New Testament. Their imperfections are our opportunity to be mature, stable, growing congregations that glorify God and carry forward the mission of Christ in the world.
What follows is an invitation to self-analysis, not an attempt to undermine New Testament authority: If you had to think of a congregation in the New Testament for the congregation where you meet to emulate, which one would it be?