The Church: Its Definition, Mission and Legacy. Pt. 2
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
In part one of this message, a definition of the church was begun. It was stated that the church was “those that belong to the Lord and the called out ones.”
This morning let’s continue with the definition of the church by giving four metaphors that will help us to deepen our perspective and give us great meaning on the church as those that belong to the Lord and the called out ones.
- The church is described as the body of Christ
Ephesians 5:30 30 Because we are members of his body.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
- The church is characterized as the temple of the Lord
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
1 Corinthians 6:19 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.
- The church is categorized as God’s field and His building
1 Corinthians 3:5-9 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
- The church is designated as the bride of Christ
Revelation 19:6-8 6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.