The Church Mountain
The Purpose & Nature of the Church
In order to provide an expose ́ correctly of the Church Mountain, then we must examine the purpose and nature of the church. Therefore, we must look at it from its ecclesiology, etymology and its callings standpoints.
The church was birthed out of the womb of God. The church is the entity that God has placed in this world to continue His work and to show forth His glory (Ephesians 5:27). Let’s examine these areas:
General Definition: The branch of theology that is concerned with the nature, constitution, and functions of a church. It is the study of ecclesiastical architecture and ornamentation.
In Christian Theology, ecclesiology is a branch of study that deals with the doctrines pertaining to the Church itself as a community or organic entity, and with the understanding of what the "church" is — i.e. its role in salvation, its origin, its relationship to the historical Christ, its discipline, its destiny and its leadership. It is, therefore, the study of the Church as a thing in itself, and of the Church's self-understanding of its mission and role.
In addition to describing a broad discipline of theology, ecclesiology may be used in the specific sense of a particular church or denomination’s character, self- described or otherwise. (Taken from Wikepedia online dictionary — www.wikepedia.org.)
Greek Definition: Ekklesia -- means called out; a calling.
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ has been called out by God to be a unique organism in the earth to generate and release life into a dying world. The church has been called to be a reflection of God’s image and love to mankind. It is a holy beckoning as well as an apostolic and prophetic calling. Within the very DNA of the church is the nature of sending and disciplining. If the church is to fulfill its apostolic and prophetic destiny, then its internal parts should mirror globalism and transformation (Mark 16:15-18).
“That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27).
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew. 16:18).
The term “church” will refer to a gathering of any number of people united in faith in Jesus Christ. The church is an organized body of Christians in any particular city or state, such as the church at Ephesus. In Ephesians, chapter one, the Apostle writes, "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus" Ephesians 1:1 (NKJV). The Church then is a group of believers transformed by the Holy Spirit into a living organism. The group of believers in a certain locale forms an organization, becoming a duly constituted part of the larger organism. The church is a part of God's eternal plan for creation. The New Testament church is always relevant for each generation. The local group of believers must ever be people who place their full trust in Jesus Christ as they gather for fellowship, prayer, and praise. Lives are changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The people of this commune will share a common bond of living for Christ to the extent they are willing to die for Him. These committed people will become agents of change in the world around them, transforming their communities into the beloved community where all people are respected, appreciated and valued as children of God.
The ATKOG Team
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