O.W. Prince Ministries Congratulates Sister Carolyn White, of Carrollton, Virginia. You are The Bible Scholar Champion for Tuesday, March 05, 2013.
Thank you Sister White for helping to make the Bible Scholars Group a fun, loving and caring place of learning and sharing. You have allowed your Light to Shine Brightly Today. Your answer is correct. You have demonstrated superb biblical scholarship.
Do you need to have a physical location or church building in order to be called a church?
The answer for today’s Bible Challenge Question is: No.
The Bible describes the Christian Church as both visible and invisible.
The “visible church” may be best understood as follows:
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Keep in mind when the word “church” (ekklesia) is mentioned in the Bible, it is a group of Christians meeting together. The church may be as small as two or three members. “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
The churches of the New Testament were all united as One Church. There were no Popes or denominations. All the Apostolic churches were united under the leadership of Jesus Christ. One Lord – Jesus, One Faith -The Gospel of the Kingdom of God, One Baptism – water baptism in Jesus’ name whereby one entered the Church of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:37-42) and being confirmed by God by being given the Holy Spirit. (Acts 10, Ephesians 1:13)
The members of the “invisible church” may best be understood as those whose names are recorded in The Lambs Book of Life. (Revelation 21:22-27)
The “invisible church” may be understood as those who have believed the message of Christ, repented, were baptized in his name and received the gift of the Holy Spirit but who are scattered throughout the world due to persecution or the lack of shepherding. (John 10:12-16 and Acts 8:4)
The invisible Church is not exclusive from the physical church but inclusive of the unified body of Christ.
According to Black Laws Dictionary 5th Edition, Church is defined as …
In its most general sense, the religious society founded and established by Jesus Christ, to receive, preserve, and propagate His doctrines and ordinances. It may also mean a body of communicants gathered into church order; body or community of Christians, united under one form of government by the profession of the same faith and the observance of the same ritual and ceremonies; place where persons regularly assemble for worship; congregation; organization for religious purposes; religious society or body; the clergy or officialdom of a religious body.
If indeed we have been born of the Water and the Sprit, we are the living, breathing Church of the Lord Jesus Christ for we have the testimony of two or three establishing our new birth. (1 John 5:5-9)
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