Church as…

Church as building: “We need to do some repairs to the church this week.”

Church as organized event: “I didn’t see you at church this morning.”

Church as legal institution: “The church might lose its tax exemption.”

Church as spiritual institution: “…the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners…” (Lewis) Church as possession: “Our church is the best.” Church as the community result of disciple-making: “I will build my church” vs. “Go and make disciples” (Stetzer) These are not the same. Not all of these are present in the New Testament. When you say “church” – which one of these are you referring to?

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