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What is the Church? Part 1

February 17, 2010

Click here to view the “What is the Church?” series.

What is the Church? Copyright, Gregg Qualls (www.gregqualls.com)

There is a lot of confusion out there about what the church is and does.

Defining terms is crucial step in church planting, so here’s my attempt at a “shortened” definition of the church.

The church is Christ’s body: those whom the Father has called to faith in his Son, Jesus Christ. Each is empowered by gifts of the Holy Spirit and humbly live together pursuing unified covenantal community in an ever-purifying expression of the mission for which they exist. Led by male elders, and served by deacons/deaconesses, they gather regularly under common confession to properly glorify God and center themselves on Christ through song, participation in Communion and proclamation of the Word. Discipline, repentance, baptisms, and true care for those in need will be common as they both realize God’s reign now and expect Christ’s return.

Stay tuned for a more detailed look at some of the big issues.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2010 1:20 am

    Would you say your definition is of a healthy church, or just a biblical church? In other words, would a group that only fits some of these criteria be considered a church biblically? If so, which do you think are indispensable without which they could not be rightly identified as a church?

    I also replied to your comment regarding the Total Church Model on my blog. I don’t know if you were set to be notified via email.

    • May 13, 2010 8:21 am

      This is a healthy/biblical church. 😉
      Actually, I’ve been working on answering this question already.

      A church that reflects the 8 essential attributes can only be identified as a legit church while, in this definition above I tried to display what some of those look like, so technically, the definition above is a description of a healthy church.

  2. B Treece permalink
    June 17, 2010 8:50 am

    Looks like a great series. I especially enjoy the Resurgence-esque picture at the top.

    No, actually it was solid all the way through. Nice work. I’m thankful to God for the revival of God-centered thinking about the local church.

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