Where Is The Church That Jesus Built?

Where Is The House Of God, And Where Is The Church Building That Jesus Christ Himself Built?



Apostle James R Winfree Sr, We Share The Good News Of Jesus Christ, That Is Changing And Revolutionizing Lives Forever!!!


When most religious people hear the word church they probably think of a building. Maybe it is a fancy building or a simple building where believers gather. But biblically speaking, a church is much more than a building. In fact, some would say that the church is not a building at all, but is all about the people. But what is the church that Christ Himself built?


The area of theology that seeks to understand all aspects of the church is known as ecclesiology. It is derived from the Greek word ekklesia that is a general term referring to a gathering or assembly. There are a number of aspects to the subject of ecclesiology, but this article will focus on defining the term church, understanding its nature and purpose, looking at some biblical images of the church and emphasizing church unity on essential truths.

The early Christian Church had No Buildings, at least not in the sense of what we would consider Church Buildings today. First century Christians were often persecuted and, as a result, often met in secret usually in homes. As the influence of Christianity spread, eventually, buildings dedicated to worship were established and became what we know today as churches. In this sense, then, the church consists of people, not buildings. Fellowship, worship, and ministry are all conducted by the Lord Jesus Christ Believers, not buildings. Church structures facilitate the role of God's chosen people, but they do not fulfill it.



When speaking of the church, theologians often use terms such as the visible and local church as opposed to the invisible and universal church. The visible and local church is, of course, the physical churches that we see around us and around the world, as well as the members of those churches. The invisible and universal church, however, refers to all believers everywhere and is one church, united in Christ, not many physical churches. Everyone in the universal church is a true believer, but such is not necessarily the case with visible and local churches.

Why is it relevant to understand some basic differences between the visible and universal church? One key reason is so that we do not confuse what we sometimes see fallible churches doing with the reality of the universal church. Not only do visible and local churches often host nonbelievers, but also the believers themselves are imperfect, resulting in challenges and tensions in every visible church.


The church is not a building, but a body of believers in the Lord God Jesus Christ with a specific nature and purpose. These biblical roles or ministries of the church are foundational to it. What are these roles? They are many, but the key to any church is serving the need of God's chosen believers, foundations in worship, edification, and evangelism.

Worship is Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit- Led and centered and Christ-centered. It is not about entertaining Christians with flashy displays or presentations, but about expressing our love by worshiping our Creator. We are to praise and glorify God in worship. As such, every Christian needs to be part of regular fellowship and worship.


Edification is also a role of the church. It involves edifying believers, but also nurturing, building up or helping believers to mature in Christ. To this end, churches are tasked with a variety of ministries such as Bible study, continuing education in related areas, praying for one another, acts of genuine hospitality and more.

Evangelism is also a key role of the church. This means reaching out to believers with the Good News about Jesus. Since people often have questions or doubts about Christ and Christianity, knowing the truth and being able to defend it (apologetics) is also part of the role of the church. But beyond evangelism in the sense of reaching out with the gospel, the church must also express compassion and mercy tangibly by helping others. In following Christ's example to love others, the church, too, must seek to make a real difference in the world while not neglecting to share the message of Christ.


If a church fails to fulfill any of these key roles - worship, edification, evangelism - then the church is not functioning as God intends. Granted, there are times when churches face challenges and struggle to one degree or another, but a healthy church seeks to overcome such challenges in a way that honors God and His intentions for His church.

There are many images of the church in the Bible, but we will mention just three: the church as the Body of Christ, the People of God and the Bride of Christ. Christ is the head of the church  Ephesians 1:10; 4:15  and Christians are the body. "People of God" is another image of the church. God says of the church, "I will be their God, and they will be my people" 2 Corinthians 6:16; Hebrews 8: 10. The church is also referred to as the Bride of Christ 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 19:7; 21:9, Spirit and Truth is the special and sacred family relationship between Christ and the church.



The biblical truth of the visible and local church also touched briefly on the challenges and tensions that sometimes result in churches. Critics point to divisions and disagreements among Christians as evidence of a lack of unity and, hence, a lack of real biblical support undergirding the Christian church as a whole. Is this true? In some cases, Christians do indeed need to admit to shortcomings and, at times, un-Christ-like behavior.

But in looking at the bigger picture, the Christian church has always been united on key points of belief such as the reality of a personal, loving God, the salvation that is found in Christ through His death and bodily resurrection, human depravity and the need for redemption through Christ and more. This "mere" Christianity or core of unshakable truths has united Christian churches throughout the centuries and continues to do so



The Christian Church is not a building, but a Body of Jesus Christ Believers united in Christ. Its servants' role such as Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers is to serve and build up Christ body, His bride in love unity and blessings, nurture and edify and reach out to a loving and called out chosen people with the saving message of the gospel as well as the practical compassion and mercy exemplified in Christ. To this end, ecclesiology is not some ivory-tower, academic discipline removed from the reality of daily life. Instead, learning more about the church helps us make a real difference in the world, not just temporally, but for all eternity. Amen.


Let Us Love On You, Let Us Keep You In Our Faithful Prayers, Let Us Help And Support You, And Let Us Help You Build Up Your Faith In Our Savior Jesus Christ.


{ 2 Corinthians 9:12 }


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