The Church: Its Definition, Mission and Legacy
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18
If you were to write a working definition of the church what would you write?
Let us begin by seeing how the New Testament defines it.
- By definition, a way to define the church is by the meaning, “those that belong to the Lord.”
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
- By definition, the main way to define the church is by the meaning, “the called out ones.”
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church. Ephesians 1:22
- By definition, ‘the called out ones,’ are people who have been saved.
praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:47