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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.
Who should choose the pastor of a church? How many deacons should there be? If questions like this interest you, you should listen to this lesson to learn that the Bible emphasizes the spiritual qualifications of church leaders but does not give specific directions on how churches should be governed or administered. Hear about the three main forms of church government today and how they differ. Find out the trajectory of administering churches as it developed from the first century in many countries around the world, including our own. See how this influenced other areas of government in the United States.