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God Invented the Church
Construction Zone 11: God's Work - Past and Present
Stage: 8

Question Answer
What is "a church"?

A church is a group of believers who meet together to worship 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
As we learned in Stage #6, the New Testament word for “church” means a group of people that is “called out” or that “belongs to the Lord.” The Church is God’s called-out group of people. He has called out of the world and they belong specially to Him. In the Church, true believers are the adopted family
of God, the Body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit.

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 worldwide family of believers, but you are also ought to be part of a local body of believers.

On one hand, the “Church” means all believers in Christ in all times and places. Many Christians use the phrase “Invisible Church” to help explain this Church. God sees this Invisible Church, because He has the ability to see everyone who has ever lived and ever will live.

But the word “church” also means a group of believers in one particular place (like a town). We call these kinds of churches local churches.