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The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us. The church is the only society in the world that never loses any of its members, even by death. The church upon its knees would bring heaven upon the earth.

The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us. The church is the only society in the world that never loses any of its members, even by death. The church upon its knees would bring heaven upon the earth.


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When Protestants speak of going to church…they are not thinking of a building but of a congregation. The congregation, not the building is holy… The church is holy because the congregation is the house of God.

When Protestants speak of going to church…they are not thinking of a building but of a congregation. The congregation, not the building is holy… The church is holy because the congregation is the house of God.

Reference:  Tabletalk, p. 8-9, June 2004, Ligonier Ministries, Used by Permission.


Author: Edmund Clowney
Topics: Church-Defined
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Paul [addressed] the Corinthians as “those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints” (1 Cor. 1:2). The congregation in Corinth was anything but a “holy” people in terms of life and conduct; false teaching, schisms, and immorality marred the church. Still, it was a congregation of saints, of the sanctified, because in spite of the sinful conduct of many of its members and the worldly character of the church itself, it was still the church of God in Corinth.

Paul [addressed] the Corinthians as “those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints” (1 Cor. 1:2). The congregation in Corinth was anything but a “holy” people in terms of life and conduct; false teaching, schisms, and immorality marred the church. Still, it was a congregation of saints, of the sanctified, because in spite of the sinful conduct of many of its members and the worldly character of the church itself, it was still the church of God in Corinth.

Reference:  A Theology of the New Testament, Eerdmans, 1993, p. 589.


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The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.


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Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.

Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.


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What is the local church? It’s the institution which Jesus created and authorized to pronounce the gospel of the kingdom, to affirm gospel professors, to oversee their discipleship, and to expose impostors.

What is the local church? It’s the institution which Jesus created and authorized to pronounce the gospel of the kingdom, to affirm gospel professors, to oversee their discipleship, and to expose impostors.

Reference:  What is a Local Church, ©9Marks. Website: www.9Marks.org. Email: [email protected] Toll Free: (888) 543-1030. Used by Permission.


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A local church is a group of Christians who regularly gather in Christ’s name to officially affirm and oversee one another’s membership in Jesus Christ and his kingdom through gospel preaching and gospel ordinances.

A local church is a group of Christians who regularly gather in Christ’s name to officially affirm and oversee one another’s membership in Jesus Christ and his kingdom through gospel preaching and gospel ordinances.

Reference:  What is a Local Church, ©9Marks. Website: www.9Marks.org. Email: [email protected] Toll Free: (888) 543-1030. Used by Permission.


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If the Church on earth is the militant Church, the Church in heaven is the triumphant Church… In these two stages of her existence the Church reflects the humiliation and exaltation of her heavenly Lord.

If the Church on earth is the militant Church, the Church in heaven is the triumphant Church… In these two stages of her existence the Church reflects the humiliation and exaltation of her heavenly Lord.

Reference:  Systematic Theology, by permission of Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA. 1998, p. 565. Get this book!


Author: Louis Berkhof
Topics: Church-Defined
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Strictly speaking, it may be said that the true preaching of the Word and its recognition as the standard of doctrine and life, is the one mark of the Church. Without it there is no Church, and it determines the right administration of the sacraments and the faithful exercise of Church discipline. Nevertheless, the right administration of the sacraments is also a real mark of the Church. And though the exercise of discipline may not be peculiar to the Church, that is, is not found in it exclusively, yet it is absolutely essential to the purity of the Church.

Strictly speaking, it may be said that the true preaching of the Word and its recognition as the standard of doctrine and life, is the one mark of the Church. Without it there is no Church, and it determines the right administration of the sacraments and the faithful exercise of Church discipline. Nevertheless, the right administration of the sacraments is also a real mark of the Church. And though the exercise of discipline may not be peculiar to the Church, that is, is not found in it exclusively, yet it is absolutely essential to the purity of the Church.

Reference:  Systematic Theology, by permission of Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA. 1998, p. 577. Get this book!


Author: Louis Berkhof
Topics: Church-Defined
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The church is primarily a body of people who profess and give evidence that they have been saved by God’s grace alone, for His glory alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. This is what a New Testament church is; it is not a building. The early Christians didn’t have buildings for almost 300 years after the church began. The collection of people committed to Christ in a local area constitute a church.

The church is primarily a body of people who profess and give evidence that they have been saved by God's grace alone, for His glory alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. This is what a New Testament church is; it is not a building. The early Christians didn't have buildings for almost 300 years after the church began. The collection of people committed to Christ in a local area constitute a church.

Reference:  Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, 2000, Crossway, p. 135. Get this book!


Author: Mark Dever
Topics: Church-Defined
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Now the church is not wood and stone, but the company of people who believe in Christ.

Now the church is not wood and stone, but the company of people who believe in Christ.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Church-Defined
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A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.

A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints (L.L. Nash)


Author: Other Authors
Topics: Church-Defined
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The holiest moment of the church service is the moment when God’s people – strengthened by preaching and sacrament – go out of the church door into the world to be the church. We don’t go to church, we are the church.

The holiest moment of the church service is the moment when God's people – strengthened by preaching and sacrament – go out of the church door into the world to be the church. We don't go to church, we are the church (Ernest Southcott).


Author: Other Authors
Topics: Church-Defined
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Where Christ is truly preached, there is the gospel; and where the gospel is truly believed, there is the church.

Where Christ is truly preached, there is the gospel; and where the gospel is truly believed, there is the church (Mark Ross).

Reference:  Unity, Liberty, Charity, September 2009, Tabletalk, p. 17. Used by Permission.


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The Greek work for church, ecclesia, is made up of a prefix and a root. The prefix is ek – out of. The root is the verb coleo, to call. The church in the New Testament is made up of those who are called out from the world, from darkness, from damnation, from paganism, to become members of the body of Christ.

The Greek work for church, ecclesia, is made up of a prefix and a root. The prefix is ek – out of. The root is the verb coleo, to call. The church in the New Testament is made up of those who are called out from the world, from darkness, from damnation, from paganism, to become members of the body of Christ.

Reference:  The Purpose of God, An Exposition of Ephesians, Christian Focus Publications, 1994, p. 95.


Author: R.C. Sproul
Topics: Church-Defined
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The church is that assembly of people who belong to the Lord, who are gathered together for Him. The gospel of Jesus Christ calls individuals out of the world of sin and death and into eternal light and life; it takes people who were no people and turns them into a special people for God (1 Peter 2:9-10). That’s what the church is. It’s the assembly of people living under the rule of Jesus and committed to each other in the faith.

The church is that assembly of people who belong to the Lord, who are gathered together for Him. The gospel of Jesus Christ calls individuals out of the world of sin and death and into eternal light and life; it takes people who were no people and turns them into a special people for God (1 Peter 2:9-10). That’s what the church is. It’s the assembly of people living under the rule of Jesus and committed to each other in the faith.

Reference:  The Local Church by Thabiti Anyabwile taken from Don’t Call it a Comeback, edited by Kevin DeYoung, copyright 2011, Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton Illinois 60187, www.crosswaybooks.org, p. 203.


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The church, as defined by the Word of God, is a group of Christians who dedicate themselves to meeting together for the regular preaching of the Word of God; who submit themselves to biblical eldership; who regularly celebrate the ordinances of the church (baptism and the Lord’s Supper); and who practice and submit themselves to church discipline as laid out in Scripture.

The church, as defined by the Word of God, is a group of Christians who dedicate themselves to meeting together for the regular preaching of the Word of God; who submit themselves to biblical eldership; who regularly celebrate the ordinances of the church (baptism and the Lord’s Supper); and who practice and submit themselves to church discipline as laid out in Scripture.

Reference:  To Be or Not To Be a Church Member, Calvary Press, www.calvarypress.com, 2004, p. 31.


Author: Wayne Mack
Topics: Church-Defined
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The church of Christ is the multitude of all those who believe in Christ for the remission of sins, and who are thankful for that mercy and who love the law of God purely, and who hate the sin in this world an long for the life to come.

The church of Christ is the multitude of all those who believe in Christ for the remission of sins, and who are thankful for that mercy and who love the law of God purely, and who hate the sin in this world an long for the life to come.


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According to Augustine, the true Church consists of those who have repented and believed, who are spiritually united to Christ as their Head, and who live holy lives as evidence of their mystical union with Him. Those who do not manifest a transformed life, he characterized as Christians in name only, not genuine

According to Augustine, the true Church consists of those who have repented and believed, who are spiritually united to Christ as their Head, and who live holy lives as evidence of their mystical union with Him. Those who do not manifest a transformed life, he characterized as Christians in name only, not genuine

Reference:  Tabletalk, p. 14, June 2004, Ligonier Ministries, Used by Permission.