Summary: WHAT IS A CHURCH? A New Testament Church is a Blood Bought, called out body of Saved, Born Again, Baptized believers who have made a covenant with each other to carry out the Great Commission.
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WHAT CONSTITUTES A NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH?
Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
At the time of this passage of Scripture, The Lord Jesus is way up north and is about to turn and head for Jerusalem and the death of the cross. He would ask probably the most important question that He will ever ask. My eternal destiny and your eternal destiny hangs on the proper answer to this question:
WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?
It really does not matter if the world can properly answer this question.
It really does not matter if the people down in the bar can properly answer this question.
It really does not matter if the politicians can properly answer this question.
It really does not matter if any particular religious system can properly answer but
IT REALLY, REALLY MATTER HOW THE CHURCH ANSWERS THIS QUESTION.
Simon Peter under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit gave the one and only proper answer to that question: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
It is upon this foundational truth that the Lord Jesus build His church.
WHAT IS A CHURCH?
A New Testament Church is a Blood Bought, called out body of Saved, Born Again, Baptized believers who have made a covenant together to carry out the great Commission.
I would guess that the next logical question would be WHAT IS THE GREAT COMMISSION?
As in most Biblical truth, you must look at several sections of Scripture to see the complete truth.
Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things.