Church - Church. The connotations of this word often...

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“Church.” The connotations of this word often conjure up all sorts of images: old people dressed in their Sunday best sitting in wooden pews, evangelists asking for money, rock show “worship” sessions reminiscent of AC/DC concerts, people lining up to drink Kool-Aid. It is not entirely positive and, indeed, highly misunderstood. God’s purpose for the church dates back to the time of Jesus, when he ascended into heaven, leaving the Spirit to live among the people as they were to go out and proclaim the Gospel. The misconstrued messages, late-night television recordings, and media portrayals of this sacred entity are anything but God’s will for it. Let us look at what that will is, and what it can and should mean to the modern Christian. First and foremost, the church is a body, not a building. In Matthew 16, Jesus declares that he will build his church upon Simon Peter: “’And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it’” (NIV). This is not simply a play on words—“Peter” means “rock”—but Jesus’ ordainment of Simon Peter, that he might begin and lead the church of Christ. Jesus makes no mention of a building, or a location; the church began with a person. After Jesus’ ascension into heaven, those present at Pentecost sprang into action. Acts 2 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to
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This note was uploaded on 12/10/2011 for the course BCH 5045 taught by Professor Guy during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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