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If a person does not have a church home should he/she be teaching a small Bible study that meets in a home without the blessing of the local church?

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Hi Kathy,
   Good question.   God's plan for Christians for fellowship, worship, and study is through His institution of the local church.   That is clearly what the New Testament teaches.   I person may know a lot about the Bible and want to teach others, but they have problem if not attending and being faithful in a local Bible believing church.  Most times they will teach some truth, but mix it with their errors.  Often they are women teaching men.  They cause a lot of confusion.   I stress the term Bible believing.  Hebrews 10:19-25 clear tell us the believer should be active in a good solid church.  So many "would be" teachers are not properly trained, which training they would receive in a good church.  They also are not accountable to anyone and there is no supervision.   It has been my experience for other thirty years that Bible studies outside a good biblical church are most times teaching some false teaching and misleading people. I have to ask the question....why are they not in a good sound church and why are they not teaching in such a church?   I as the pastor of our church do not approve of outside Bible studies.   Often the person leading them is not really qualified and they have some improper reason for not being in a church.  
    For example, there is a group that began meeting in our town a couple of months ago.   I know most who attend.  They all at one time visited or attended in our church, but would not accept our biblical stand on doctrine.    Our beliefs and practices are biblical and we are careful to make sure God's word is taught without error.   So, I just let them alone and in time they dissolve.  There are lots of people teaching in Christ's name whom Christ does not approve. Jesus addressed this in Mathew 7:21-23.     James gives the warning "My brethren, be not many masters(teachers), knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation." (James 3:1)
    Let me further say that Acts 2 plainly says the early Christian met in homes.  But they had God called pastors, they had organization,  they baptized, and support financially God's work...all God appointed functions of a biblical church.
    I hope this helps.  If you have further questions please write.

Cooper P Abrams III
Romans 12:1-2
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Independent Fundamental Baptist missionary and pastor, ThB, MBS, and PhD as of May 28, 2013. I began pastoring in 1981, and have taught in churches, a Bible college, and a Bible Institute. I have written numerous articles on various subjects from a biblical perspective and many are posted on my web site Bible Truth ( http://www.bible-truth.org ). Bible Truth receives over one hundred and forty thousand visiters per month. Since 1998 I have answered Bible related questions via e-mail. My answers are straight forward and biblical. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE -----DO NOT ASK A QUESTION AND THEN NOT READ THE ANSWER! ABOUT FOUR IN TEN QUESTIONS ASKED ARE NEVER READ. I FREELY GIVE MY TIME TO GIVE HELPFUL ANSWERS. OFTEN THE ANSWER WILL REQUIRE AS MUCH AS A HOUR OR MORE TO RESEARCH AND THEN TO FORMULATE THE REPLY. IF YOU SEND A QUESTION PLEASE BE THOUGHTFUL ENOUGH TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT. MOST PEOPLE DO...BUT ALL SHOULD. THANKS

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I have been a pastor since 1981 and a Independent Baptist missionary church planter since 1986. I have seen the Lord establish four Bible believing churches in Utah. My web site Bible Truth ( http:\\bible-truth.org ) continues to grow presently over 7,000 visiters per day. The materials on the web site are mostly written by myself and contain sermons, Bible commentaries, articles on various biblical subjects.

Organizations
I am pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Tremonoton, Utah (http://calvarybaptchurch.org)

Publications
- Appeared on Grizzly Adams DVD documentary "End Times: How Close Are We?" (http://www.grizzlyadams.com/Public/ChristianDVDs/index.cfm?productID=49). - Article "Are Mormons Christians" "O Timothy Magazine" Way of Life Literature (http://www.wayoflife.org/files/9959c77e05b303248173195e72476459-60.html)

Education/Credentials
ThB (Bachelor Degree in Theology) Piedmont Bible College, Winston-Salem, NC. MBS (Mastor of Biblical Studies) Piedmont Baptist College, Winston-Salem, NC. PhD (Bible) Bethany Divinity College and Seminary, Dothan, AL

Awards and Honors
Graduated Suma Com Laude with PhD Religion - Bible Major, Bethany Divinity College and Seminary - 2013

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