The word church is not found in the Old Testament…it is not even predicted.
The church is declared to be a “mystery”- that is something that God had not previously revealed. So any definition of the church then must come from the New Testament.
Most people associate the term church with a building. “I am going to church.” “Our church is located at such and such location.” “I go to the Baptist church, the Methodist church, the Presbyterian church, the Church of God, etc”. These are not biblical concepts.
The Greek word for church is Ekklesia, which means, “called out ones”. Never was the church supposed to be a specific place, but a specific people called out to be on mission.
The church isn’t the place you go, the church is you! Christ lives in you, you are the church.
I Corinthians 3:1- “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple?”
II Corinthians 6:16- “For we are the temple of the living God.”
Ephesians 2:21-22- “In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, (22) In whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
I Corinthians 3:9- “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”
I Peter 2:5,9- “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (6) Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” (7) Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” (8) and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.”They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.(9) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; The church did not take place until Jesus was crucified, resurrected, ascended to the father.”
If you are born again, you are the church! You are on mission to unleash the gospel and to be salt and light to a world that is in desperate need.
Lets be the church!