Biblical View of the Church

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Biblical View of the Church The Church was birthed in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost after receiving the promised Holy Spirit. The book of Acts describes the beginning as well as the characteristics of the risen Christ newborn church (Acts 2:42-47). During this time, the Good News of Jesus Christ was proclaimed initially to Jews in Jerusalem and later spread to Gentiles throughout the Roman Empire. Since Jews and Gentiles were God’s “called out ones”, their mutual hostility was transformed into a cooperative unity due to their common salvation provided through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:13-16). All the people that God has called to himself constitute Christ church on earth, which is surrounded by a big “cloud of witnesses” (Heb.…show more content…
According to Phillips (2008) “In today’s moral and social turmoil, the church has functioned less like an anchor giving stability and strength in the midst of a hurricane, and more like a spider spinning a web on the hands of a clock”. (Phillips 2008, p. 240). In reason number six of Lutzer book Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust The Bible, he points out to the fact that “The Scriptures are said to be “God’s-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV). Neither church councils nor “words of Knowledge” are said to have that authority”. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Paul advices Timothy about the source and authority of Scripture, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”. Sola scriptura, “the Scriptures alone”, is above traditions or any “religious interpretation”. The Church of God has been called to teach accurately the Truth revealed in the Scriptures. Lutzer exposes that, for instance, “Catholicism teaches the primacy of the church over the canon of Scripture; it believes that the official church is just as infallible as the Bible”. According to this point of view “the church”, which is composed by popes and councils, determined which books are in the bible (p. 155). In this modern age the church is functioning in a pluralistic
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