August 15
Church as...

Church as building: "We need to do some repairs to the church this week."

Church as organized event: "I didn't see you at church this morning."

Church as legal institution: "The church might lose its tax exemption."

Church as spiritual institution: "...the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners..." (Lewis) Church as possession: "Our church is the best." Church as the community result of disciple-making: "I will build my church" vs. "Go and make disciples" (Stetzer) These are not the same. Not all of these are present in the New Testament. When you say "church" - which one of these are you referring to?