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God Provided the Church To Help Us Live for His Glory
Adventure 11: God's Work -- Past and Present
Mission: 8

Question Answer
What is "a church"?

A church is a group of believers who meet together to worship through prayer, praise, and the preaching of God's Word because they love Jesus Christ and one another. Psalm 111:1 – Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The Difference This Truth Makes
In the New Testament, the word “church” means a group of people that is “called out” or “belonging to the Lord.”

The Church is not a building. The Church is God’s group of people whom He has called out of the world and who belong specially to the Lord. As the Church, we are the people of God, the Body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit.

On one hand, “the Church” means all believers in Christ, in all times and places. Matthew 16:18 – And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Many Christians use the phrase “Invisible Church” to help explain this Church. The Invisible Church is the way God sees it, because He has the ability to see with eternal eyes.

Your mom and dad and brothers and sisters are part of your physical family, but the Church is a spiritual family. If you are a believer, you are part of a universal family of believers – but you also ought to be part of a local body of believers, a “local church.”

In a more common sense, the word “church” refers to a group of believers in a given geographical location. 1 Corinthians
– To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.