What is a Church?
Is Church a building, an architecture? No. In Acts 2:47, the bible says – A church is an assembly of people chosen and called by God.
Ephesians 4:4-6 mention the word “one” seven times which illustrates What makes the church:
1. One God and Father of all – we are all God’s children (Gal 3:26; Rom 8:14)
2. One Lord Jesus Christ – we are all justified by the Lord (Isa 45:25; Acts 13:39)
3. One Spirit, the Spirit of Truth – we were baptised by one Spirit (1 Cor 12:13)
4. One Faith – we “agree with one another” (1 Cor 1:10)
5. One Baptism – we were baptised into Christ (Gal 3:27-28)
6. One Hope – we put our hope in the living God (1 Tim 4:10)
7. One Body, one Church – the whole body is joined and held together (Eph 4:16)
When was the Church established?
The church was established on the day of Pentecost, when God first poured out His Holy Spirit (Acts 2). This anointing gave the apostles the power to preach the gospel and the authority to baptize believers in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38-41).
Who makes the Church? Is the disciples the founder?
Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Mt 16:18). Thus in Acts 2:47, obviously it was the Lord who did the work.
“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:10) Thus no man could have founded the church. The church has no founder; there were only those who first received God’s grace and there were about 120 of them in Jerusalem (Acts 1:15).
Now we are clear that the church is not the building itself. In summary, it is the Lord Jesus who established the church. It is the chosen people who assembled in His name that makes the Church. And do you know what makes the church special? Read Ephesians 4:4-6 again. It is the presence of God in our midst and His Word we believed. Thus when we gather together in the church to study the word of God, His spirit filled us and abide in us. Indeed God is true and living. We know because He has given us His Testimony.
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