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The Church - Week 1 - What is the Church?

The Church

Speaker: Tim Fraiser
Date: August 19, 2016

When most people hear the word church they probably think of a building. Maybe it is a building with a tall steeple or a simple building where followers of Jesus gather, but a church is much more than a building. In fact, some would say that the church is not a building at all. Join us as we look in Scripture and answer the question, What is the church? The Church: August 14th - September 4th

What is the Church?

Big Idea: The church is a people, not a place.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 1:1

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

  • A chosen race
  • A royal priesthood
  • A holy nation

If the church is a place… Then the presence of God is in this place in a special or unique way

If the church is a people… Then the presence of God uniquely dwells within the people, not the place.

If the church is a place… Then it is the pastors job to make that place as good as possible.

If the church is a people…Then the job of pastors is to make the people as good as they can be.

Quote This is my church. It is composed of people just like me. It will be friendly if I am. It will do a great work if I work. It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am generous. It will bring others into its fellowship if I bring them. Its seats will be filled if I fill them. It will be a church of loyalty and love, of faith and service. If I who make it what it is, am filled with these, Therefore, with God’s help, I dedicate myself to the task of being all these things I want my church to be. ---William Temple

If the church is a place… Then I grow as a Christian by showing up at that place.

If the church is a people… Then I grow as a Christian when I am with that people.

If the church is a place… Then I only need to follow Jesus when I am in that place.

If the church is a people… Then I live every day of my life following Jesus.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

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