Distinctives

There are a number of practices that set early Christians, and thus members of the Remnant, apart from mainstream Christianity. The following are a few of those distinctives.

1. The Agape Feast-Rather than celebrating a "mass", or having a monthly communion service, we do what the earliest disciples did: we have an Agape Feast. The Agape (Love) Feast was the central act of community worship in the early church, and was attended by all- even those who weren't believers. It was not only an act of worship, but a means of evangelism, reaching the lost with the love, peace, and truth found only in the community of those following the Messiah. This Agape Feast is a true meal which we share with all those who come to the Master's table.

2. Caring for the Needy-We take seriously the principle behind the parable Jesus shared in Matthew 25. Thus we use tithes to purchase survival goods/foods for those in our community who may fall on hard times and be in need. We don't look to the world to care for our poor or needy, we do it ourselves as a practice of the love we're to have for one another as disciples of the Messiah.

3. Military and Governmental Service-We neither participate in military service, nor do we seek political office or work for the governments of the world. We are committed to peace and to being the salt and light needed in a sinful culture. We're citizens of the Kingdom of God, not servants of the world system.

4. Community Living-We encourage community living, either in a shared home, or in a private community/village setting, where our morals, values, and ethics are appreciated and mutually respected, and where we can support each other more readily. This reflects the early church which held all things in common. While we do encourage community living, we don't demand a communal purse, nor communal ownership of property. Community need not be communism. Cooperative villages are best shaped when disciples own their own property and businesses.

5. Buildings-We don't need the typical church building, but prefer a home that can serve as the place of assembly for local disciples. In this way the community is kept fairly small and local, and everyone can be taught and have their spiritual and temporal needs met as necessary. 

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