The 2x2s claim they are not a sect or denomination, preferring instead to call their group a fellowship, a family or the fold. They are nicknamed the Friends and Workers Fellowship (aka F&Ws), and refer to themselves as the truth, among themselves. Acts 2:42 – And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, ..
The terms Elder and Bishop are used interchangeably, and mean the same. Elders are selected by and are responsible to the Workers. Most Elders lead meetings that are held in their personal homes. Alternate Elders (sometimes called Deacons) lead the meetings in the absence of the appointed Elder. US Worker Quote: It should be understood…that ..
Much importance is attached to being separate from the world…even to the point some parents do not allow their children to have worldly playmates, friends at school, attend youth activities, etc. Their goal is to be separated to the point of being viewed as a peculiar group of people. Some consider being peculiar outwardly or ..
Some Friends and Workers refer to themselves as Christians, while others refrain from doing so. The term is not universally used in the church in English speaking countries. Some workers have discouraged its use…for reasons unknown. Acts 11:26 – And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and ..
Evangelism is the role of the Workers, who sometimes call themselves Evangelists. Most of their evangelizing or recruitment is usually carried out in a particular type of meeting referred to as Gospel Meetings where members bring outsiders to hear the workers preach. In their early days, they called themselves Go-Preachers. Workers are looking for honest ..
Excommunication is when a member is expelled, put out, or dis-fellowshipped (all these terms mean the same) from the 2×2 church, and they are no longer allowed to attend services. Shunning often follows. Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid ..
Bitter is an adjective frequently used to describe those who leave meetings who may have experienced disappointment, dishonesty, anger, hurt, grief or resentment due to unfair treatment or perceived injustice which has not been made right. Worker Quote: Chapter 12, verse 15 is something that has removed more people from the Kingdom of God than ..
The terms friends, saints, brothers and sisters refer to lay members, and all have the same meaning. These terms refer to those who have openly professed through a Worker, regularly attend and participate in the 2×2 church meetings and follow its beliefs and practices. There are two types of lay members. Some are born and ..