Search

Ask the Pastor 11

What is the Church?

In our last article we referred to the Church as needing to be together, so what is the Church? When we drive down the road and we see a building with a steeple or a cross on it, we say there is a church. So, does that mean it is a building? The first mention of the word church in the Bible is Matthew 16:18, “…and on this rock I will build by church,”. The word church is translated from the Greek word ekklasia which is literally called out ones. It has to do with a specific people who have been called out to a specific place, for a specific purpose at a specific time. This word appears at least 114 times in the New Testament. Our Lord Jesus is referred to as “the head of the body, the church,” (Colossians 1:18). Our Lord “gave Himself for the church that He might sanctify and cleanse her” (Ephesians 5:25-26). The church is the body of Christ which is made up of all who have believed on Him. To be a member of the Church, one must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and then those who have believed, come together as the called out ones to worship, to fellowship, to pray, and to be taught sound doctrine (see Acts 2:42-47). If you have questions as to what it means to believe and to be a member of the Church, send me an email.

5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Ask the Pastor 57

What about the differences in the parallel accounts of the Gospels? Critics have blasted the record of the Gospels that they do not agree in the telling of the same events. Part of the problem is that

Ask the Pastor 56

How can we resolve historical problems? Many “scholars” date the Exodus at 1290 B.C. based upon the verse found in Exodus 1:11 that the Israelite slaves built the city of Ramses and this city was name

Ask the Pastor 55

How can we resolve ethical problems? There are critics of the Bible who have concluded that the slaughter of the people of the land of Canaan was morally wrong, including the order given to king Saul