Wednesday, January 19, 2005

What is Church...

so I thought I would share the list I found entitled "What Is Church" so that all of you could read it and see what you think... ummm yeah. and I don't remember where I got it so if anyone knows where it is from you can let me know so that I can credit whoever came up with it....

What Is Church?

A church is a local expression of the global and historical body of Christ where:
  • People intentionally share life together–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 and God’s worth is lifted high and Jesus is worship as God. A place that brings people into the meeting of heaven and earth and call 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 out pouring 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. (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 to be a 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)
so there it is for you to all examine on your own... have fun....

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