Study Lessons/Bible (Common Law) Trust: Principles and Application

Here is Love Vast as the Ocean

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The purpose of all ministry publications is to glorify and please God. When one seeks Bible truth and presents what he believes to reflect that truth, the only motive that pleases God is love for the Lord and His truth. If you disagree with anything, open-minded debate is encouraged. Please do not become angry. Rather, engage this ministry in a Bible based search for truth (See, Ephesians 4:11-16), with the goal of glorifying God and finding the truth. Reasoning together should include include the Bible principles and analysis of the common law or Bible trust as applied to the Bible principles. Open debate and honest study, with the Bible as the foundation, glorifies God, especially when considering the institution God loved and gave himself for. Respond in love as all lessons are inspired by love for God and His truth. I will publicly repent of any error which is revealed to me by love-centered discourse. God bless.

Ephesians 4:11-16: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

The Rose of Sharon
Transcript of Sermon by Jerald Finney

See also, The Love of God Perfected. Are you asking, “What can I do to please my heavenly father?” That is the right question. This short audio teaching on what the word of God teaches about “the love of God perfected.”
This ministry is dedicated to doing that which pleases God in the matter of church organization. It is meant to be practical (Meaning: “That reduces his knowledge or theories to actual use; as a practical man.” Practical as regards eternal spiritual heavenly matters, not practical as regards temporal fleshly earthly matters. This ministry does not serve those interested in the latter. 
I am now drafting a booklet which will explain the Bible Trust Relationship with Property. It will be better organized than the lessons linked to below. The outline of the book is as follows (may be modified as I draft the book; the divisions of the book will be linked to as drafted):

Simply Church
The Holy Union of Christ and His Local Church
Principles and Practice


 Preface: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee because thou hast left thy first love”…… pp 
INTRODUCTION: God’s Simple Plan for Local Church Organization …… pp 


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Basics and Elements of a Church Bible Trust  Relationship with Property
Chapter 3: The Bible Trust Relationship with Property Is Not                                           Statutory
Chapter 4: Which Term, “Steward or Trustee” is More Appropriate?   
Chapter 5: The Bible Trust Relationship with Property Does Not                                   Organize a Church as a Trust
Chapter 6: The Wisdom of a Written Declaration of Trust
Chapter 7: The Bible Trust Relationship with Property is Not                                            Something New
Chapter 8: The Origin of the Bible Trust Relationship with Property:                           Trust is a Bible Concept
Chapter 9: Conclusion


 Chapter 1: Introduction: …… pp
Chapter 2: Proactively Coordinating all Trust Affairs …… pp
Chapter 3: Opening a Bible Trust Checking Account …… pp
Chapter 4: First Time Purchase of Real Estate for Church Use …… pp
Chapter 5: Transfer of Real Estate from the Corporate Church to the Trust Estate …… pp
Chapter 5: Property Tax Exemption on Trust Real Estate …… pp
Chapter 6: Obtaining Insurance on Leased or Owned Trust Real Estate …… pp 
Chapter 7: ……
Chapter 8: ……                                                   
Chapter 9: Conclusion ……   

Appendix: Links to books, essays, and articles which explain all matters related to the church/state relationship from God’s perspective as prescribed in His Word. These resources explain why church non-profit corporation status, federal tax-exempt status, charitable trust status, or legal entity status of any kind is spiritual prostitution; combine the heavenly with the earthly, the holy with the unholy, the eternal with the temporal; grieve our Lord; start a church on a downward slide toward heresy and apostasy; and corrupt the church, the state, and the people. All aspects of these matters are covered in the materials linked to below.


Part I: Principles

Preliminary Emphasized Lesson: Do Not Forget that a Church Who Establishes a Bible Trust Relationship with Property Is Not Organizing as a Trust (August 18, 2021)

Introductory Lesson: The Bible Trust Relationship with Property (July 24, 2021)

Lesson 1: The basics of the Bible Trust and how a Church which has established a Bible trust can become a legal entity thereby nullifying status of the church as a spiritual body under Christ and Christ alone (July 21, 2021)

Lesson 2: The elements of a church Bible Trust (September 30, 2021)

Lesson 3: Trust is a Bible Concept (July 30, 2021)

Lesson 4: The wisdom of a written Declaration of Trust (December 14, 2021)

Lesson 5: Which term, “STEWARD” OR “TRUSTEE,” is more appropriate in declaring a church bible trust relationship? (December 15, 2021)

Lesson 6: The church Bible Trust relationship is not something new. Churches under Christ in every thing (under Christ alone) have, by definition, always honored it. (January 1, 2022)

Part II: Application
(How to practice the Bible trust relationship with property)

Once a church Declares a Bible Trust relationship with property, the trustee needs to understand how to carry out certain functions on behalf of the owner of the property in the trust estate, the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that merely declaring the relationship with property is useless if there is no property in the trust estate. See, Lesson 2: The elements of a church Bible Trust. The Trustee should understand “how to” hold, acquire, and manage the affairs of the trust; he can easily undo much of what has been done and set the church up as a legal entity that can be sued. Numerous trustees, acting without consulting this ministry, did just that. See, Lesson 1: The basics of the Bible Trust and how a Church which has established a Bible trust can become a legal entity thereby nullifying status of the church as a spiritual body under Christ and Christ alone for the general principles and facts he needs to know. The following lessons, which get into specific applications. Those in red will be shared with those whom this ministry helps.

Lesson 7: Opening a Bible Trust checking account

Lesson 8: Purchasing or leasing real estate for church use

  • Lesson 8a: Property tax exemption of trust real estate
  • Lesson 8b: Obtaining insurance on leased or owned trust real estate
  • Lesson 8c: Transferring real estate from the church or the church corporation to the Bible trust

Lesson 9: The Church May, and God Will, Hold the Trustee to Account

Lesson 10: Putting the Lighted Candle under a Basket: The Shame of Many “Unregistered” Churches (Churches under Christ Alone) (052822)

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The highest law of man in America regarding religious freedom says that churches can do things God’s way without persecution. Thus, a church in America who remains under the Lord Jesus Christ only (non-incorporated, non-501(c)(3), non-legal entity of any kind) is obeying both God and man. Render unto Caesar the things that are his and unto God the things that are His.

What about Romans 13 and other arguments for church incorporation and 501(c)(3) status? Analysis of False Reasons of Christians and Lawyers for Church Corporate, 501(c)(3) Status or Legal Status of Any Kind

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Churches under Christ Ministry Website: Understanding and Applying God's Principles for Church Headship "Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:1-3). ————————————This Ministry is under the authority of Charity Baptist Tabernacle of Amarillo, Texas. Jerald Finney, a Christian Lawyer and member of Charity Baptist Tabernacle, having received this ministry in the Lord, explains how a church in America can remain under the Lord Jesus Christ and Him only. "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 4:10-11; See also, Ephesians 4::1-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-25). "Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it" (Colossians 4:17). "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church" (Ephesians 1.22; See also, e.g. Colossians 1:18).

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