Definition of the church.

Pastor Randy – on the iPhone.

The church is the community of all true believers for all time.
*Mat 16:13-18
*Eph 1:15-23

The church is the body of Christ. Eph 1:22-23, 4:15-16. We are interdependant. Not sufficient on our own.

The church is the family. Eph 3:14, John 1:12. John 1:12. This increases our love and fellowship with each other.

The church is the bride of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2, Revel 19:7. Leads us to strive for greater purity & holiness, greater love for Christ.

The Church is referred to as branches on a vine. John 15:5. Deriving from Christ the spiritual nutrients that you need. Without Him we can do nothing. Image if the church branches in a vine should cause us to treat each other in humility.

The church is a field. 1 Corinth 3:6-9. Idea of an agricultural crop, encourages is to coninue growing in the Christian life and obtaining fir ourselves and others proper spiritual nutrients to grow. The children in the chuch need you to come along side and yeah in truth.

The church is a priesthood 1 Peter 2:5, Rev 1:6, 1 Peter 2:9, Hebrews 13:14-15. EVERYBODY is called as priest!

The Church is a pillar and ground of truth. 1 Tim 3:14. Biblical soundness is the strength of the pillar of the church. Be founded and grounded.

The church is a picture of new temerity built with believers: Living Stones. 1Peter 2:5. He is buding his church by building us from raw material quarried from the rock of sinful humanity. Hope for all.

It’s the only institution dealing with the ultimate issues.
It provides a moral and ethic compass.


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