When most people in the world think of a “church,” they think of a building. The Greek word ekklesia, which is most often translated as “church” in the Bible, never refers to a building, but always a group of people. The church is not a building: this is a message which requires proclamation to the world and reinforcement among the people of God.
God has an eternal purpose in Christ for the church. The local church has its place in that purpose; we do well to explore it and manifest it to the glory of God.
“Church” hasn’t enjoyed the best public relations recently. Many think they can do better without it. But what is the church, and what is its place in God’s purposes?
By necessity the church represents a community, a group of people who maintain association on account of a common cause. How strong is that community? How can we strengthen the community of God’s people so we may more fully accomplish His purposes?
For millennia confusion has reigned regarding the nature of the church. Is it a building? Is it a hierarchical organization? Is it a group of people? We do well to explore the word “church” and Greek word ekklesia and learn what Jesus intended with the word.
Jesus was to establish His church, and the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). And yet there is so much confusion in the world today about the church. Can we still perceive the Church of Christ? The Scriptures provide a way.
God has given the church many responsibilities. It is up to the members of the congregation to meet them. As we sow, thus we shall reap.
When Christians gather together, a lesson is preached. Why does preaching take place in an assembly? What explains its prominence? Join us as we discuss preaching as an act of the assembly.
Christians do well to come together and pray to God their Father. The prayer of the people of God has great power in its working!
Early Christians sang psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs when they assembled together. We do well to understand why and to what end.