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What is the Church and it’s purpose?

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What is the Church?

1) The word ecclesia (translated church) means “the called-out assembly”

 

 

Ephesians 1:22-23 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 2:21,22 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The Church is not a building. It is made up of all believers, with Christ as its Head.

2) A dwelling place for God

OLD TESTAMENT

Exodus 40:34-35 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

This was Jehovah’s habitation through the shekinah, or cloud of glory.

NEW TESTAMENT 

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Now He dwells in gathered believers through the Holy Spirit.

How was the Church formed? 

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

When did the Church begin?

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. [the church, therefore, was yet future when Christ spoke.]

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

The church began when the believers were baptized into one body at Pentecost. The disciples and the first converts are, for the first time, called “the church.”

What is the purpose and mission of the Church? 

1) To Glorify God.

2) To Preach the Word of God

3) To Provide Oversight and Discipline

4) To purify it’s members

5) To Mature new believers

6) To evangelize the world

7) To disciple new believers

8) To utilize spiritual gifts

9) To Carry out the two ordinances – Baptism & Lord’s Supper

10) To provide fellowship

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

POWER can be used in at least two ways: it can be unleashed, or it can be harnessed.  The energy in ten gallon of gasoline, for instance, can be released explosively by dropping a lighted match into the can.  Or it can be channeled through a car engine in a controlled burn and used to transport a person 350 miles.  Explosions are spectacular, but controlled burns have lasting staying power.  The Holy Spirit works both ways.  At Pentecost, He exploded on the scene; His presence was like “tongues of Fire” (Acts 2:3).  Thousands were affected by one burst of God’s power.  But He also works through the church—the institution God began to tap the Holy Spirit’s power for the long haul.  Through worship, fellowship, and service, Christians are provided with staying power.

 

What is the attitude and expectation of the church? 

Many say that they don’t need to go to church to worship God or to be a Christian.  While this is true, the Bible tells to not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together.”

Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Titus 2:12-13 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The whole number of believers from Pentecost to the event predicted in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, forms “the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23). It is formed by the baptism with the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:12-13), and is an organism, not an organization.  This is the true or invisible church.

The word is also used of any “called-out” assembly, such as the town meeting in Ephesus (Acts 19:32).

Acts 19:32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.

In the plural, churches, the word is used of local assemblies of professed believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, who gather themselves together in His name for worship and service.

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