Whats Your Question?
James P. Needham
Winter Park, Florida
QUESTION: CONCERNING SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY FOR BUSINESS MEETINGS.
"Can we find scriptural authority for a (business meeting of the men to take) care of church matters? (Only men of this congregation allowed)? --Ark.
There is scriptural authority for a church business meeting in an approved apostolic example (Acts 6: 1-8). Certain widows were neglected in the "daily ministration." Responsibility for these widows fell within the "business" of the Jerusalem church, so the apostles "called the multitude of the disciples (Jerusalem church-JPN) unto them and said.., look ye out among you seven men ... whom we may appoint over this business." ("Necessity... need . . . duty or business," Vine p. 160). This suggestion "pleased the whole multitude" (church - JPN), and they executed it; that is, they called a business meeting of the church, and selected the men necessary to implement this business of the church.
Thus, there can he no doubt about the scripturalness of church having a business meeting, that is, a meeting for the purpose of implementing the scriptural /unction d the congregation. This principle is indisputably established in the example of Acts 6. He who would question this, would have to question what the Jerusalem church did under, the guidance and at the suggestion f the apostles.
TRUTH MAGAZINE XIV; 29, p. 10
May 28, 1970