Saturday, November 13, 2010

What Is the Church?

I have been thinking a lot about the church lately. I am working on a blog post about it now. But first, I want to know...if someone on the street were to ask you, what would you say the church is? Please feel free to leave a comment.


Kathryn @ Expectant Hearts said...

WE are the church. The followers of Christ. Somebody (St. Francis?) said: "Preach the gospel everywhere you go. If necessary, use words."

Without devoted followers of Christ reaching out to the unreached and touching others lives, we only have buildings full of Phariesess.. That sounds harsh and I'm too lazy to look up scripture to back it up, but there's MY opionion!

Camille said...

Hey Tracy -

Interesting question. One I have struggled with off and on with for years. Not really 'struggled' - but more thought about through the years.

For me the Church isn't a 'what' but a 'who'. The Church is a body of people that have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, reconciled to God by His resurrection and ascension, regenerated by the work of the Holy Spirit - a special people set aside by the power of God.

That is what the church is to me. The place we meet - which I would like to call something other than 'church' - is not who we are. It just a big building that can accommodate a large group of people.

Looking forward to what others say.

Blessings -

Andie said...

The body of Christ. Without it, you have a fancy (or not) building.

Beth said...

The Church is the Bride of Christ. A blood-bought people, chosen before time, to be redeemed and set apart for Christ and His glory.