Daily Thoughts

What Is A Church?

As given to me by someone else:

A church is a local expression of the global and historical body of Christ where:

· People intentionally share life together. It is a spiritual community where life’s resources are joined together, people are expected and are equipped to be vulnerable and accountable with one another, and the community and the needs of those inside and outside the community are met. (Acts 4:32-34, 2:42-47)
· Worship is experienced. God is central, God’s worth is lifted high, and Jesus is worship as God. It brings people into the meeting of heaven and earth, and calls the believer to live life for the reality that awaits. (Romans 12:1-2, Rev.4:5-21)
· Ministry takes place. Ministry is a natural outpouring and result of the gathering of believers and non-believers. (Acts 5:12-25, 2 Cor. 5:18-20)
· Scripture is taught. The biblical story is told and taught, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is lived out in the community. (Acts 2:42, 2 Tim 3:16)
· Sacraments are shared. The historical celebration and collective participation in Communion and Baptism is joyfully experienced. (Mt. 26:26-30, Eph. 4:3-6)
· People regularly gather together in a place. The joining together in collective experience is necessary for a community of faith to be a biblical church. (Acts 5)
· People are equipped for ministry. “Lay” people are the “priests” who are given and empowered to do the ministry. (1 Pet. 4:5,9)
· Non-believers come to faith. The church is the primary place where people come to faith and begin to live as Christians. (Acts 5:14)
· Power of the Gospel is displayed. Peoples lives are transformed and society is changed. (1 Cor. 6:9-21)

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