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What Is The Purpose Of Church

What is church? What is the purpose of having churches and what is their mission?

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Concerning Peter being the "rock" does not the spirit of discernment show you that Almighty God would not build his church on a mere man a man that openly denied him. A man that had to be dressed down by his fellow apostle Paul.
---mima on 8/25/11


After Peter had said "You are the Christ..." Jesus said (paraphase) "Amazing, God gave you the correct answer Peter. Praise God." Peter did not do anything.
---Scott1 on 8/25/11


Mark, I asked whether we Christians can live in disobedience to the 10 Commandments. Obviously some cannot handle this question, feeling challenged by it, they have become annoyed and evasive in their answers.

You know I have never said anyone can be saved by adherence to any Commandments, or any works. Can we take that as a given, and move on?

We know from Jeremiah 31:33, and Hebrews 10:16 that God has put His laws in our hearts and in our minds.

Barnes' notes on the Bible say "not a new law, but a new power to the old law."

So my question to you is: The law which is upon our hearts, and in our minds does this not include that which was commanded and that which was condemned in the 10 Commandments?
---Warwick on 8/25/11


Eloy * If Peter was the rock, he must have been marvelously heavy,and the True Rock walking on top the water had to reach down and save the sinking rock,

Jesus must had seen something in that, he(Peter) was the only one who walk on water towards Jesus. Jesus also call him 'Rock' in Jhn 1:42 and Mt 16:16-19 and gave him only the Keys to the kingdom of Heaven. But here you are telling Jesus that he made a 'Huge' mistake and he is very wrong on that decision.

Eloy * sinking rock which is recorded to have denied the True Living Rock of Salavtion in front of others three times.

Jesus also chose Moses and David, one was a murder and the other was a murder and commited adultery, something about sinners he likes:)
---Ruben on 8/25/11


Ruben, the comment you made of Chrysostom, is not from history of the Fathers. It must have come from the RCC. Most of the early church fathers never mentioned that Peter was the Rock of Matt 16. You try, as your church did to replace Christ with Peter as the foundation of the Church. Just ask yourself,'"How does Jesus build His church?" He builds His church by saving people from their sins, adopting them into His family, and making them members of His body, which is the Church. The building of the Church is the work of the Lord Himself, as the apostles preached the gospel, "the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47).
---Mark_V. on 8/25/11




Ruben 2: Jesus continues building His Church today by saving the lost through the power of the gospel.
"The Gates of Hades" The RCC interprets this to mean that Jesus would be with Peter and His successors forever, and that everything the RCC teaches about the papal office would remain intact for all time. Is that what Jesus taught? Such an interpretation does injustice to the context. Jesus was not referring to the Church but His own imminent death. He was saying that not even death will prevail against His redemptive mission. He will triumph over death and accomplish what He set out to do.
"I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades" (Rev. 1:18).
---Mark_V. on 8/25/11


If Peter was the rock, he must have been marvelously heavy, for he sunk in the water, and the True Rock walking on top the water had to reach down and save the sinking rock, that same obstinate sinking rock which is recorded to have denied the True Living Rock of Salavtion in front of others three times.
---Eloy on 8/25/11


Rhonda, the use of "kuriakon" to literally mean "house of the Lord" is not antiChrist, as you say, but instead it is Biblical. And "ecclesia" translated as "church" in the New Testament is more accurately translated "commanded", because the people are commnded or under the command of Christ. And the church, the "kuriakon" more commonly refers to the building instead of the people. "ekklesia ( < gk: "ek" + "keleuo", "of command"). Thus in English "ekklesia" literally means, "commanded".
---Eloy on 8/25/11


"This very Peter and when I name Peter I name that unbroken Rock," John Chrysostom, c.A.D. 387
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oh that's right the "apostle john chrysostom"

an "unbroken rock"?

rcc is a MASTER at twist and spin with Holy Scripture

catechism can say whatever it wants to say for ITS people the rcc who follow babylon REV 17 - catechism will NEVER be part of Holy Word of GOD ...Luke 4:4 says EVERY word of God not catechism!!!

using ONE verse in gross misunderstanding is foolish - claiming Apostle Peter was in Rome is some stretch ...he was in asia minor and Jerusalem traveling back and forth OFTEN...to imply a journey to Rome happened in between these journey's is absurd it was TOO FAR
---Rhonda on 8/24/11


No Fathers of the first two centuries can be sited as in support of the RCC interpretation of Matthew 16:18. They are silent on the interpretation and overwhelming majority of the Fathers through the patristic age (Augustine, Tertullian, Cyprian, Chrysostom, Ambrose, Jerome, Basil, the Great, Pacian, Epiphanius, etc, never mentioned that Peter was the Rock of Matthew 16:18.
---Mark_V. on 8/24/11

Mark,

I notice you did not quote them saying Peter was not the Rock. But 'All' mention Peter was the Rock and the Church Jesus founded.

"This very Peter and when I name Peter I name that unbroken Rock," John Chrysostom, c.A.D. 387
---Ruben on 8/24/11




Mark_V.Ruben, no matter what argument you bring up it does not change the fact that Christ is the Rock on which the church is build.

You mean the argument in Jhn 1:42, where Jesus change his name to Rock(Cephas)

Mark_V.* Even Peter said Jesus was like a stone rejected by the builders. "He is the Stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone" Acts 4:10,11).

Peter even tells us in 1 Peter 2:5 that we are also stones, what's your point?

"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."
---Ruben on 8/24/11


rhonda, You are still in error*****

you AGREE original greek word used in Matt 16:18 is ekklesia yet it is wrong the word should be kuriakon

I am personally wrong??? how absurd seeing I didn't WRITE Holy Scripture

in essence you state Apostles were wrong using ekklesia and should have wrote kuriadon??? wow!!!!

I will remain "wrong" in your eyes Eloy and REMAIN FAITHFUL to TRUTH written and INSPIRED by Christ as GIVEN to Apostles in Holy Scripture

Apostles USED ekklesia and I believe EVERY WORD Apostles were INSPIRED by Christ to write Luke 4:4

Eloy REJCTED and replaced ekklesia in Matt 16:18 and uses kuriakon which is simply antichrist to the WORD who IS Christ Jesus
---Rhonda on 8/24/11


Ruben, no matter what argument you bring up it does not change the fact that Christ is the Rock on which the church is build. No Fathers of the first two centuries can be sited as in support of the RCC interpretation of Matthew 16:18. They are silent on the interpretation and overwhelming majority of the Fathers through the patristic age (Augustine, Tertullian, Cyprian, Chrysostom, Ambrose, Jerome, Basil, the Great, Pacian, Epiphanius, etc, never mentioned that Peter was the Rock of Matthew 16:18. Even Peter said Jesus was like a stone rejected by the builders. "He is the Stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone" Acts 4:10,11).
---Mark_V. on 8/24/11


What is the rock upon which the church is built? Is it Peter, or is it the revelation the Father had made known to Peter- namely, that Jesus is the Son of God?

---Mark_V. on 8/23/11

It's Peter because we know Jesus had already call Peter a Rock(Cephas) in Jhn 1:42. He does it again in Matthew 16. In Aramaic Cephas means Rock, and we know Jesus spoke Aramaic in Matthew 16 when he said Simon Bar-Jonah.
---Ruben on 8/23/11


The first mention of the church is found in Genesis 28:19. It was called, "Beth-el", meaning "house of God". In Genesis 40:7 we find, "Beth-adonyu", meaning "house of the Lord". It was also commonly called "Beth-Yhwh", which means "house of Yhwh", as seen in II Chron.7:2+ Ps.116:19+ Jer.26:2+ and Heg.1:2. In the New Testament, in I Corinthians 11:20 the church is called "Kuriakon", which means "house of the Lord": lit.Gk: "Coming together then you all onto whom? is it not house of the Lord, his supper to eat?" I Cor.11:20.
---Eloy on 8/23/11


Ruben, concerning the rock in Matt. In the context Peter declared "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" Peter had just declared Jesus to be the anointed One of God, the One who is indeed God. This came to Peter by revelation from the Father. What is the rock upon which the church is built? Is it Peter, or is it the revelation the Father had made known to Peter- namely, that Jesus is the Son of God? The purpose for which Jesus came was to save sinners. For the lost to be saved, they have to believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God, that is the foundation, the solid Rock upon which the church is build.
---Mark_V. on 8/23/11


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rhonda, You are still in error. The first English translators used the term "church" for the Greek word "ekklisia" because it commonly meant "the congregation" or "the assembly of Christians": nonetheless in speaking of the word "church", according to the scripture it indeed comes from the Greek word "kuriakon", which means "house of the Lord", as I have already posted.
---Eloy on 8/22/11


What about the 'Keys' given to Peter only?
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TRUTH is CHRIST has the keys - Christ OPENS the door!!! Isaiah 22, Rev 3:7-8

If Peter is the christ on earth as rcc teaches with ITS pagan vicar pope-ish traditions THAN Christ Himself forgot to mention Peters importance in Matt 18:1

POWER to loose and bind given to ALL Apostles Matt 18:18-20

Peter spent majority of his ministry in asia minor as a JEW forbidden from Rome by Emperor Claudius AD 50 ...how many verses describe Peter in Rome again? which was a GENTILE population not full of circumcised Israelites - ...seeing Holy Scripture teaches US Paul ministered to GENTILES Peter ministered to JEW Gal 2:7-8
---Rhonda on 8/22/11


Rhonda * Matthew 16:16-19 " ....I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Sadly many miss the boat.)
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the VERY boat rcc sailed away on with their own pagan antichrist doctrines aka catechism ...leading so many AWAY from the TRUE Christ with their own "christs" 2Corin 4:11.

What about the 'Keys' given to Peter only?

Rhonda * TRUE Christians understand the ROCK is Christ Jesus ...OUR High Priest LIVING in Heaven at the right hand of The Father to RULE from Jerusalem at HIS return

And True Christans know that just because Jesus is the Rock, it does not mean someone else can not,,ex Abraham (Isaiah 51:1-2)and (John 1:42)

---Ruben on 8/22/11


rhonda, you err. "Church" actually comes from the Greek, "Kuriakon"
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definition of kuriakon correct however its misuse by YOU is antichrist

kuriakon used twice 1Corin 11:20 & Rev 1:10

MATT 16:18 describes CHRISTS CHURCH - Original Greek transcript USES ekklesia NOT kuriakon

by adding kuriakon to Matt 16:18 YOU REJECT the TRUTH that is written to REPLACE it with YOUR spin ...kuriakon is NOT used in Matt 16:18

Facts are Holy Scripture USED term ekklesia in Matt 16:18 ...Greek ekklesia from ek = out and kaleo = to call

Apostles were INSPIRED to write ekklesia purposely by GOD understanding Christ is KING OF KINGS

Holy Scripture did not 'err' using ekklesia
---Rhonda on 8/22/11


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rhonda, you err. "Church" actually comes from the Greek, "Kuriakon", which is a compound word < "Kurios oikos", lit.Eng: "house of the Lord". And Jesus is the Lord, and therefore, "Christian Church" is indeed in the Holy Bible, for when Peter identified Christ, Christ said, "And I thereupon to you say, being you Peter, that yet on this Rock I will build me the assembly, and gates of hell will not have prevailing power against this." What Rock? Was he talking about Peter? No, but Jesus addressed what Peter said, namely who he himself is, that is Christ: Christ is the Rock and the Chief Cornerstone, and the Lord of his church, and all other buildings are sinking sand.
---Eloy on 8/20/11


Matthew 16:16-19 " ....I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Sadly many miss the boat.)
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the VERY boat rcc sailed away on with their own pagan antichrist doctrines aka catechism ...leading so many AWAY from the TRUE Christ with their own "christs" 2Corin 4:11

because rcc believes their rock is a mortal man who died a very long time ago

TRUE Christians understand the ROCK is Christ Jesus ...OUR High Priest LIVING in Heaven at the right hand of The Father to RULE from Jerusalem at HIS return

...drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ" 1Corin 10:4
TRUTH is there is no salvation in rcc and its building called a church
---Rhonda on 8/20/11


Ruben, God did not build a Idol worshipping Church.
" In many places and in many ways God has spoken in times past to the fathers in the prophets..in these last days He has spoken to us in the Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things-by whom also He made the worlds" (Heb. 1:1,2)
How can the Son speak to your church if He is only in pictures and not in the heart?
In the RCC, Jesus takes a back seat to Mary and the saints. It happened when the RCC removed Jesus as the Rock in Matt. 16:16-19. Once they gave that title to man, they have followed sinful man. Walk into any shine and you will see the saints honored and glorified by the members. And you will find Jesus still on the Cross with no one giving Him glory.
---Mark_V. on 8/20/11


POTLUCKS!!!

(Hmmmm??? What's in that Glow-in-the-Dark Green Jello???
They look like alien eyeballs)
---John on 8/19/11


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There is a great difference between The Christian Church, where Christ is The Almighty Lord God of his church, and other churches which are NonChristian and are thereby the synagogues of satan.
---Eloy on 8/19/11

Jesus told us about his Church. Matthew 16:16-19 " And I tell you that you are Peter(Kephas), and on this rock(Kephas) I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Sadly many miss the boat.)
---Ruben on 8/19/11


great difference between The Christian Church, where Christ is The Almighty Lord God of his church
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LIVING Christ is head of the called out ones NOT the thousands of different branded buildings CALLED churches teaching contrary to Holy Scripture

"christian church" is not found in Holy Scripture

correct translation for CHURCH is the called out ones

any christian brand teaching contrary to EVERY WORD from Holy Scripture are NO DIFFERENT than non-christian religions

the WORD is Christ Jesus ...if one rejects, ignores, dismisses or ADDS to Holy Scripture they are simply NONE of Christs

TRUE believers follow Christ in Truth (WORD) Luke 4:4 and Spirit (guided by HIS Holy Spirit) John 16:13
---Rhonda on 8/19/11


There is a great difference between The Christian Church, where Christ is The Almighty Lord God of his church, and other churches which are NonChristian and are thereby the synagogues of satan.
---Eloy on 8/19/11


...many arguments on this site, back and forth...

So, here's the ultimate question.

Who's right?
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none are right because church denominations are LABELS BY MEN - NOT GOD!! each teaching their OWN doctrines mixed up with some truth

many types of MAN MADE christian labels are FAR from Christ Matt 15:8

Christ said MANY would come in HIS name - not a few

today's counterfeit christianity teaches a church is a building with a name ...denominational sports teams ...my church against your church rah rah go team jesus - yet all different

per Holy Scripture CHURCH are called out ones - called out from the world, its ways, and traditions by The Father ...who worship in truth and spirit by every Word
---Rhonda on 8/19/11


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A few Chruch purposes.

Saves souls
Worships God
Visits widow
Visits fatherless
Uplift saints
Educate saints
Feed hungry
Offer assistance
Heals infirmaries
Gives hope
Inspires change
Promotes holiness
Counsels those in need
Sings praises
Teaches children
Fellowship
Grows future leaders
Promotes unity in community
Represents Christ
Offers family support
Encourage growth and development
Outreach programs
Assist churches
Spread Gospel
Officiations
Marital counseling
Family planning

And these are a few services just off top of my head.

Paul
---paul on 8/18/11


Wow. That's an awesome question.
---S._Andrew on 8/18/11

with an easy answer...

the body of Christ.
---aka on 8/18/11


So, here's the ultimate question.

Who's right?

- The Greek Church

- The Latin Church

- Protestants

- Augustinians

- Roman Catholics

- The proud Bishop of Rome

- The four Patriaches

- The two witnesses

- Zwinglians

- Anglicans (The Church of England)

- Donatists (Anabaptists/Baptists)

---Protestant on 8/15/11

Wow. That's an awesome question.
---S._Andrew on 8/18/11


Protestant * In Matthew 7:24-25 , a wise man builded his house on a rock by obeying the Lord's words.

The Catholic Church is the 'only' one that has listen to his words, that he bulit his Church on the 'rock' of Peter. In fact it has stood alone for over 2,000 years on Faith and Morals. The same verse you use reads on and says "But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

All others have crash due to not able to agree among themselfs on doctrines!
---Ruben on 8/18/11


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I try never to use the words "product of satan" but here it is cleary seen that those who oppose the Church of Christ, the gathering of believers, those are the anti-christ. 1 John 2:26 says,
"These antichrists are trying to seduce us away from Jesus Christ" and goes on to say "True Christians must overcome every form of antichrist" 1 John 4:4. In order for us as believers to avoid these kind of people John says, "To overcome these antichrists, Christians must abide in the doctrine of Christ" For the early Christians had heard that antichrist were coming and they are here already, speaking against the Church, the gathering of believers.
---Mark_V. on 8/18/11


The purpose of my baptist church is to be a light, set upon a hill. It is to draw sinners, diciple the saved, uplift each other in prayer, teaching our children sound biblical principals and having fellowship with like believers.It is a safe haven for God's people. Our church has a mission. Oh, we do have fellowship with food some of the time.
---shira3877 on 8/17/11


Ruben:

It's obvious that you're a Roman Catholic. I'm a Protestant, so, we're probably not going to come to an agreement.

In Matthew 7:24-25 , a wise man builded his house on a rock by obeying the Lord's words.

Apostle Peter was a wise man because he builded his house on a rock by obeying the Lord's words. When the mighty storm came, it held because it was grounded on a rock.

All Apostles and Saints builded their house on a rock (just like Apostle Peter).
---Protestant on 8/17/11


Apostle Peter confessed the true faith in Matthew 16:16-17, and that is the rock that all true Churches are built on (provided that they confess the true faith just like Apostle Peter or Apostle Paul- which is the keys of the kingdom of heaven). Period.
---Protestant on 8/16/11

Jesus does not built his Church on 'faith' and confession' but rather on people . That why scripture tell us the church is built upon the foundation of the apostles, with Peter as the rock and Jesus the chief cornerstone.In John 1 :42 Jesus call Peter Rock(Cephas), and does it again in Mt 16.
---Ruben on 8/17/11


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Matthew 23:13, we read that the Lord sharply rebuked the Pharisees to their face for shutting up the kingdom of heaven before men.

In ---Protestant on 8/16/11

They were rebuked because as Jesus said "Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: (MT 23:2)The "Key of knowledge" is not the same thing as the "Key to the kingdom of Heaven" which Jesus gave to Peter alone "And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.v 19 Jesus is referring to Isiah 22:22 "22 "And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder: and he shall open, and none shall shut: and he shall shut, and none shall open"
---Ruben on 8/17/11


Where is the Scripture verse that says the preachers of the Gospel are given the keys of the kingdom of heaven?

Matthew 23:13, we read that the Lord sharply rebuked the Pharisees to their face for shutting up the kingdom of heaven before men.

In Luke 11:52, the son of God rebuked the interpreters of the law because they took away the key of knowledge in terms of entering heaven.

Apostle Peter confessed the true faith in Matthew 16:16-17, and that is the rock that all true Churches are built on (provided that they confess the true faith just like Apostle Peter or Apostle Paul- which is the keys of the kingdom of heaven). Period.
---Protestant on 8/16/11


Protestant* In Galatians chapter two, we read that Apostle Paul rebuked Apostle Peter.

Peter teaching authorithy is not being rebuked, it's his individual behaviour. Besides Paul did the same thing Peter did, when he had Timothy circumised, even though Paul taught we were free from Law of Moses. Why did these men do this? For postoral reasons! Where is Paul call the "rock" where Jesus will built his church?



Protestant* The preachers of the Gospel have the keys of the kingdom of heaven, by preaching the Gospel aright!


Where is the scripture verse that say preachers are given the keys of the kingdom of Heaven?


---Ruben on 8/16/11


The great commission tells the church to take the gospel to the lost, educate the new converts in all Christian disciplines. To this is added in other places to care for sick, inprisoned, widows and orphans.
simple enough.
---Harold on 8/15/11


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Actually, Apostle Peter is not superior to Apostle Paul. In Galatians chapter two, we read that Apostle Paul rebuked Apostle Peter. So, Apostle Peter repented after being rebuked by Apostle Paul.

The preachers of the Gospel have the keys of the kingdom of heaven, by preaching the Gospel aright!

The four patriarchs should repent of teaching "ear shrift", clean contrary to what Christ and all the Apostles taught.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams should also repent trying to compromise with the Shariah law (Islam).

Protestants should repent being so lame with the Pre-Trib and 7-year Tribulation, as well.

Christians need to get their act together first, before Christ's second coming.
---Protestant on 8/15/11


Every worldly denominational church is a product of Satan who, by the way, is the father of confusion. Each denomination, and every church within that denomination, divides the christians up into their own cults each having their own rituals, traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible. Each bicker back and forth about who the true church is and who is better - even within each denomination. These churches provide all sorts of entertainment and programs to attract people's desires. Their congregations are nothing more than hearers of the word. And these denominational churches are directly controlled by the government.

Could you live a christian life without denominational churches?
---Steveng on 8/15/11


The Church is there to bring glory to God/Jesus and make non-christians into christians and equiping christians to get more non-christians. Not equal rights, protest something, get involved with politics, social justice, green energy, defense spending, etc.
---Scott1 on 8/15/11


So, here's the ultimate question.

Who's right?

- The Greek Church

- The Latin Church

- Protestants

- Augustinians

- Roman Catholics

- The proud Bishop of Rome

- The four Patriaches

- The two witnesses

- Zwinglians

- Anglicans (The Church of England)

- Donatists (Anabaptists/Baptists)
---Protestant on 8/15/11

Jesus said he will built his Church on the Rock of Peter and gave only Peter the keys to the kingdom of Heaven. In the list you gave which church follows the Church that Jesus built!
---Ruben on 8/15/11


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All right. There are many arguments on this site, back and forth. It never ends.

So, here's the ultimate question.

Who's right?

- The Greek Church

- The Latin Church

- Protestants

- Augustinians

- Roman Catholics

- The proud Bishop of Rome

- The four Patriaches

- The two witnesses

- Zwinglians

- Anglicans (The Church of England)

- Donatists (Anabaptists/Baptists)
---Protestant on 8/15/11


Church is EVERY Christian around the world (aka people)
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FALSE ...lest you FORGET very words of Christ who said MANY would come in HIS name

many claim they are a "christian church" yet practice and preach NOTHING from Holy Scripture

Christ STATED the church are the called out ones who worship the Father in Heaven in truth and spirit ...doesn't say anything about "meeting needs" or "saving anyone"

further ...TRUE Christans FOLLOW Christ not men Psalms 118:8 who preach another christ 2Corin 4:11 in this god-Satan's world 2Corin 4:4 ...Christ will destroy Satans world and claim his rulership and Gods Kingdom on Earth when He returns 2Corin 15
---Rhonda on 4/16/11


Church is EVERY Christian around the world (aka people). Church exists to worship God and meet the need of others. Church also exists to share the Gospel with those who are unsaved.
---Leslie on 4/16/11


church today is MISUSED representing every flavor mens ideas ABOUT christianity

Holy Scripture explains church as called out ones ...LITTLE FLOCK who follow examples of Christ seeking always to overcome ...unlike christian religious LIES mainstream churches selling "do as you please there is nothing to overcome Christ did it all"

mission of mainstream churches is VERY CLEAR when you understand that the god of this world 2Corin 4:4 owns it all - governments and religion ...Christ WILL DESTROY all of this gods world when HE returns to set up The Fathers Kingdom on earth

TRUE church always to be a LITTLE flock has no power or authority in this gods world WAITING for crowns of rulership at resurrection 2Corin 15
---Rhonda on 4/14/11


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The believers of TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO were told to minister to other people.

TODAY, the ANGELS minister. We are to "LIVE QUIETLY".

1 Thessalonians 4:11
"live quietly".

Each individual is a "church" temple (INNER temple) and Jesus is the OUTER TEMPLE.

John 2:21
"He was speaking of the temple of HIS BODY".

1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19 tell us that WE are the INNER temple. The bible was written to ALL HUMANITY, not to "Christians only".

The brethren of humanity that are IN CHRIST are supposed to have a PRIVATE relationship that is unique to each individual (personal).

The "relationship" is not supposed to be PUBLIC or IDENTICAL.
---more_excellent_way on 4/12/11


The Church's purpose(s) can be summarised as follows (1) to worship God in Spirit and in truth. (2) To keep believers in remembrance of God's instructions so that they can continue to live godly. (3) To reach out to unbelievers so that they can also come to know the peace and joy that believers of God/Jesus enjoy.
---Adetunji on 4/11/11


The majority of ALL BELIEVERS use "buildings" for their devotion (whether they walk in darkness or light).

We are to be an INNER TEMPLE that worship in the real 'worship temple'...

John 2:21
"He was speaking of the temple OF HIS BODY"...(the one that hung on the cross).

"Buildings" are NOT divinely sanctified and have NO God-given mission. Be a good stewart and provide AS BEST you can for your household family with what God has enabled you to have (do not give "corban" pretending that "donations" serve God).

"Church BUILDINGS" have no God-given mission.

The god of confusion has always caused CONFUSION.
---more_excellent_way on 4/10/11


A new blind but prior to sight loss my wife and I would minister to those outside the clicks within the church we attended. I am under the impression a church is to minister to all! But if you are blind you are most generally excluded and treated as if you are taboo. WHY? I am physically blind not spiritual blind!
---Blind_Bob on 4/9/11


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(1.)Jesus said : "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."(Luke 4 :18,19)
---Mrs._Morgan on 5/4/08


It's what you make it,
how you take it . . .
just don't YOU fake it ! ! !
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/5/07


It is not only for evangelism but for fellowship, teaching, encoouragement, and exhortation. Hebrews 10:24-25 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
---denna7667 on 9/5/07


Christ clearly defines the purpose of the church in Matthew 28:18-20.
---dan on 9/5/07


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Church is a group of saved people who comes together(corporately) to praise and worship our God, save the lost, pray, encourage,testify and edify one another. We study together,show love, raise money, break bread, learn and grow together.
---Robyn on 9/4/07


good luck with that MC. The Lord loves you but He'd love you if you were a Protestant too.

...................ducking now.......
---Andrea on 8/29/07


Andrea:: I know nothing about you you have been church Hopping .I wish you wouldnt. But the church I explained is The True RCC universal fully Catholic church to which I serve the God My Creator inGenesis. & His son who gave His life willingly in obedience to His father so that you & I may one day join in His Glory. So I strive to reach that stage of perfection with His grace & the sacraments put at my Disposal.
---Emcee on 8/29/07


emcee -would that be the Orthodox church or my church?
---Andrea on 8/29/07


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The church of Jesus Christ Is the one with Apostolic succession as stated in the Apostles creed & confirmed by the Gospel of Matt 16:17-19,it has the assurance of the Risen Lord,Again in Mat28:20 You want to Dance with the Lord His church will supply the Instructions. God You and I will Dance(GUIDANCE)
---Emcee on 8/29/07


i believe church is a spiritual family that we belong to in this earth and the main purpose of it is to help us grow spiritually and cultivate us as we prepare for the coming of Lord Jesus christ. We should know that in this family we have responsiblies that should edify the Lord
and everyone in this family should preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
---sebag7388 on 8/29/07


#2.A Church is not a building but the church is the Body of Christ - all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13). There are members of the universal church (the Body of Christ) in local churches.

Its mission is to spread the Gospel and saved the "lost".
---Ramon on 9/20/06


The church is the Body of Christ. Ephesians 1:22-23 says, "And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." The Body of Christ is made up of all believers from the time of Pentecost until the Rapture.

The Church is both invisible and visible. a) The Church invisible is the body of true believers untited by their living faith in Christ.
---Ramon on 9/20/06


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The word "church" has at least two valid meanings
One meaning is what Rebecca says, the place where we go to be in fellowship with Christians and to worship God together.
Another meaning is all Christians
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/20/06


Church is a place of worship. It is where I go to learn, grow, worship, praise God. I know I can do those things at home (because it should start at home first, and I do) but at church we can fellowship and praise God together. Come into unity, one mind, and watch God work and use his people. Our mission should be to bring in the lost. And if that isn't important to a person, they are going for the wrong reasons.
---Rebecca_D on 9/20/06


Part two-Church attendance today has become synonymous with salvation. This of course is not correct, but many are mislead and accept this as a truth. But I believe as the end approaches the Holy Spirit will show more and more believers that they must separate themselves from the denominational churches. Several pastors have mentioned this to me and of course they're very disturbed about it. Recently a pastor told me I know something is coming, but I can't believe it is coming outside of the church.
---mima on 9/19/06


Part one- Mrs. Morgan's answers are very good. On our local radio station a man is calling for churches to re-examine their teachings and actions. He says that they cannot get the results they give lip service too by continuing to do the things that they have done and I only agreed with his views. In our community a new church starts(called cowboy Church) within three weeks they have 2000 in attendance. Do you not find this amazing?
---mima on 9/19/06


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We, the believers, are the "church", in that the Holy Spirit has made us his dwelling place. We are the Temple of the Holy Ghost. The building believers go to to worship God together is called "Church" as well (maybe because we the church are inside the bldg?) Our purpose for getting together is to edify and help one another as we learn and grow in Christ. Our mission would be to spread the gospel to unbelievers.
---Katie on 9/18/06


A gathering of believers in Jesus or seekers who accept the truth and repent. To learn truths, edify, encourage each other. A place for the hurt and lost to come to be loved by God and His people. A place where we come to listen and trust God to speak to us and a place where whorship the true God.
---Linda3939 on 9/18/06


Our Papa's house of prayer. To worship and praise Christ, minister to the body, and fellowship with the saints. To propagate the gospel, offer sanctuary and ministering, and make new converts of all people.
---Eloy on 9/18/06


(5.) In this final hour of the Church age, God is pouring out His Spirit and He will reveal His greatness to the honest hearted only, every one else who only wants a sign, but not God's Holy Ghost Discipline, the only sign they will get is the sign of Jonah, REPENT!
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/17/06


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(4.)But only a few minister's want to sacrifice, fast, live right, thus too many dead churches, minister's don't have any anointing power from God, most don't have the Holy Ghost in their life,they don't preach about the Divine Blood of Jesus, they are not yielding to God's Word. The church has suffered greatly because of this, the early church was on fire for God, they yielded, and miracles, healings, people getting the "true born-again experience" was common place.
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/17/06


(3.) A Nine fold ministry is a ministry in which all the 9 Gifts of the Spirit are in operation, the church needs this! It's the Holy Ghost who operators all of God's Gifts.
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/17/06


(2.)Jesus has a holy, obedient and Yielding people, He works through these people, to accomplish His work, He is coming soon! His people are getting His uncompromised gospel message out to the lost, before it is too late. Jesus' ministry is The 9 Fold Ministry , and this is very important! Dead churches are a great Hindrance. --Mrs. Morgan
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/17/06


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