What Is The Church? Building or Body?

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The church of Christ Jesus, is built on the confession of Peter that “Jesus is the Messiah, The Son of the living God.” Matthew 16 verse 16.

It is intended to carry on the work and witness that Jesus Himself, began on earth. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” John 20 verse 21

It is commissioned ‘to make disciples of all nations’. Matthew 28 verse 19.

The main requirement for membership, is faith in Jesus Christ, and baptism for the remission of sin.

The Nicene creed which is an affirmation of that faith says, “that Christians believe in One Holy and Apostolic Church. The Church of Christ Jesus is intended to be One, rather than many, Holy rather than worldly.

It is all embracing, because it follows the teaching of Our Lord and Our Friend. He is our Only Example.

There are churches, in cities, towns and villages, all over this world, to which in the deepest sense, every Christian belongs.

A quote by noted Church elder in Faith, John Calvin: “Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there is a Church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.”

Jesus taught , “Where there are two or three gathered in My Name, I am in the midst of them.”

The Apostle Paul, describes the Body of Christ {The Church} in 1 Corinthians 12 verses 12and 13:

V 12 “For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body – so also is Christ, V13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks {or All nations], whether salves or free – we were all made to drink of the one Spirit.”

Christians are found in every nation from every walk of life. The word ‘church’, that was used in Peter’s confession, means assembly, or gathering and from that start, it was seen that way. The common usage a “church” is a building, but in the biblical meaning the word describes a community, not a construction, people rather than bricks and mortar.

Today we need to fellowship together, to help each other to build each other up in The Faith. The system of full-time ministry and church structures, which we take for granted, was not known in New Testament times. Acts and the letters were written during this time i which methods of oversights were developed.

In the church deacons acted as church administrators, and practical helpers. Acts 6 verse 1 to 6. The terms elders and overseers seem to be interchanged at first. The function was to teach the faith, oversee the gatherings and chair the worship.

Paul also refers to people with specific gifts or ministries, including the apostles, who were to pioneer, be church planters and authoritative teachers. Paul stress that ministry is a matter of each person using the Gifts God has given them.

Romans 12 verse 6 to 8:.    Ephesians 4 verse 11 and 12:  1 Corinthians 12 verse 7 to 11  and 1 Corinthians 12 verse 27 to 31.

The church is The Body of Christ, which all who accept Christ Jesus as Lord are apart. A church could be described as a gathering of people, who come together to learn, to grow, to help others in their gatherings who have needs, and to take the Gospel {The Good News} of Jesus to those in there overall community, that don’t know the Love Of Our Lord and Our Friend and the Great Salvation He offers.

A True Church  never looks inward, it is always looking to the call of Our Lord Jesus in John 20 verse 21 ” As the Father has sent me, so  I send you.”  Go into all the world including the community around you, and preach the Good News, use words if necessary.

I such a time as this. we all need a group of people to come together with. Find a great Church, or a great group of people that will help you grow in the Lord, and help you be apart of the great commission.

God Bless.
.O F J.

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