Christianity and Church

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A sacrament can be defined as a 'visible sign of an invisible grace ' or 'an outward sign of an inward grace '. Through the visible there is invisible. For example: The Eucharist – Bread and Wine are visible and the Life of Christ is invisible. It is a sign of God 's grace, a visible sign, something we are able to see. Therefore the church stands as a visible sign; the invisible grace is God 's presence. Hence sacraments make God 's presence more real and understandable for us as believers. The church is needed to build up unity among all of us, to bring us together as a community to share in God 's life just as God wants.

The church is a sign and instrument of unity with God. God 's love for us reconciles us to God and to each other
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He sacrificed his life for us so that we could live happy lives and he will be there to lead us on our lives and help us live a good life just as he did. 'We are called to be holy and be an intimate friend of Christ '.

The church communicates the salvation of Jesus Christ.

The church is not only a sacrament of Christ, but a sacrament of man and of the world. The church as a sacrament reveals union of men with God or each other. The Church points back to Christ and what he has done for us and to the future to the Kingdom, what he will do for us. Salvation comes from the Messiah. We are all part of a local church in which are a community. Together as we join in unity we all form the universal Church. By worshiping God in the Church we find salvation. By worshiping the church, the church worships on our behalf. The church makes sacrifices for us. ‘So the church’s sacrifice in communion with Christ is vicarious by nature as the sacrament of Christ’s sacrifice and so also on behalf of the world of mankind’. We are all called to unity not just the church. We cannot reach salvation until we embrace God’s love. It is a sign of communion to all humanity. At the end of time we will have the Kingdom of God. The church has the task to get all humanity to the end. The church is the link between humanity and Good.

The church makes God visible. The church is a communion that is needed to create unity among all men.
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