What Was the Main Ideas of Enlightenment Philosophers?

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Xavier Jefferson
4-13-13
Mr. Love
What is the Church?
What is the church’s purpose?
What is the Church? There are many different churches in America that say to be “Christian” and all claim to be the church that Jesus built, or say they are a part of it. We need to go back to the bible and see what it tells us (Christians and non-believers) about the church. The church is “an assembly” or “called out ones but to me it is the people that make up the church. It isn’t as people think and say today that it is a building; also to me it means a place of tongues and worship. The church (which comes from the Greek word ecclesia) is “the bride of Christ" and is ready for her groom. Furthermore, Jesus says there is only one church
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4:10: Acts 2:42.) The Bible gives us aspects of the purpose of the church that are: to guard the proper teachings of the church like in 2Tim. 2:1-2, to train up God’s children (brethren or disciples) like in Matt. 18:15-17to, to become more like Christ like in Eph. 4:15-16 and to be unified in Christ like in Gal. 3:28. What has changed is that the Christians today Christians has a greater motivation, a greater power, and a greater confidence “to live a life of love,” as commanded in Ephesians 5:1-2, than those in previous ages. Now people has taken God’s purpose for the church and turned it around. Jesus ' first commandment in Matthew 22:37 what was already commanded to His people back in Deuteronomy 6:5 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind/strength.” All that you are and all that you have is to be poured into loving God. These ties into the purpose of the church like all of the commandments do and its purpose is to remember communion and the supper before Christ’s resurrection. “The church is God’s hands, mouth, and feet in the world”, to teach his words to other people that doesn’t know him or need him and his love and care. In the same way, James1; 27, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows
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