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The Exchanged Life Center is located at 3000 Midway Road, Anderson, SC.

The Exchanged Life Center

The Exchanged Life Center

Our mission is “Renewing the minds and healing the hurts”. We are aware that many people, Christians included, have been beaten and bruised by life. What is more tragic is that some of these hurts have come from other Christians, and even the Church itself. It is our desire to be used of God to begin the healing process. As Christ’s body, we stand ready to demonstrate God’s full power of love, forgiveness, and acceptance. All we need, we have in Him and our desire is to share this with you.

Our mission is “healing the hurts and renewing the minds”.

We are aware that many people, Christians included, have been beaten and bruised by life. What is more tragic is that some of these hurts have come from other Christians, and even the Church itself. It is our desire to be used of God to begin the healing process. As Christ’s body, we stand ready to demonstrate God’s full power of love, forgiveness, and acceptance. All we need, we have in Him and our desire is to share this with you.

Leadership

Because leadership has such an impact on the well-being and spiritual growth of the body of Christ, one of the first things the Apostle Paul saw to was the appointment of elders in every church as under-shepherds of God’s people (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5). It is clear in the Acts passage that Paul and Barnabas were the ones who appointed elders in the early churches that are mentioned. But, since we are not sure how the process worked after Paul and Barnabas went on to be with the Lord, we assume that they could have been appointed by the existing elders in their respective churches. Their ministry was very clear, the elders were overseers, which defines their function. In reality they were to be responsible for the spiritual welfare of the church which was and is always a priority.

Elders

The Elders qualifications: In his first letter to Timothy, Paul wrote “An overseer, then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity… not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the Church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” (1 Timothy 3:2-7)

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Deacons

The other leadership position mentioned in the New Testament Church is the office of deacon. Deacons are different than elders as far as their function. They do not function as an overseer, but by definition of the term deacon, a servant. As Paul points out in his first letter to Timothy, this also is a very important leadership role. Deacons function as servants and they are charged with the material welfare of the church. In short, to minister in such a way as to keep harmony in the body of believers. The only major differences in qualifications is that the deacon does not have to have the ability to teach, and can be male or female. (1 Timothy 3:8-15.) If there is any question about women serving as deacons, I refer you to Romans 16:1, where Paul commends “our sister Phoebe, who is a servant (deaconess) of the church which is at Chenchera;”

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New Testament Church

Another very interesting thing about the New Testament church is that they were ruled by Elders. The body did not vote on any issues. The local churches believed that the Elders were divinely appointed by God to look out for their interests when different spiritual and material needs had to be dealt with. The Exchanged Life Center does not believe the Bible teaches congregational rule.

At the present time, we have five elders and two deacons who serve. These are appointed by the serving elders. The newly appointed elders will serve until they believe their time has been fulfilled, they move away, and/or they cannot serve because of doctrinal differences with the leadership of the church.

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What is the Church?

The church is the body of Christ, of which He is the head. Ephesians 1:22-23 says, “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed Him, Jesus, to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.” The body of Christ is made up of all believers in Jesus Christ from the day of Pentecost (Acts, chapter 2) until Christ’s return. The body of Christ is comprised of two aspects:

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Universal

1) The universal church consists of all those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) This verse says that anyone who believes is part of the body of Christ and has received the Spirit of Christ as evidence. The universal church of God is all those who have received salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

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2) The local church is described in Galatians 1:1-2: “Paul, an apostle … and all the brothers with me, to the churches in Galatia.” Here we see that in the province of Galatia there were many churches—what we call local churches. A Baptist church, Lutheran church, Catholic church, etc., is not the church, as in the universal church—but rather is a local church, a local body of believers. The universal church is comprised of those who belong to Christ and who have trusted Him for salvation. These members of the universal church should seek fellowship and edification in a local church.

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In summary, the church is not a building or a denomination. According to the Bible, the church is the body of Christ—all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13). Local churches are gatherings of members of the universal church. The local church is where the members of the universal church can function out of the gifts given them by the Holy Spirit at their new birth. Some of these gifts are, encouraging, teaching, and building one another up in the knowledge and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 12)

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