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CARM Theological Dictionary

Church

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The word is used in two senses: the visible and the invisible church. The visible church consists of all the people that claim to be Christians and go to church. The invisible church is the actual body of Christians; those who are truly saved.

The true church of God is not an organization on earth consisting of people and buildings, but is really a supernatural entity comprised of those who are saved by Jesus. It spans the entire time of man's existence on earth as well as all people who are called into it. We become members of the church (body of Christ) by faith (Acts 2:41). We are edified by the Word (Ephesians 4:15-16), disciplined by God (Matthew 18:15-17), unified in Christ (Galatians 3:28), and sanctified by the Spirit (Ephesians 5:26-27).


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Entry for 'Church'. CARM Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ctd/c/church.html. 2013.

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Thursday, October 17th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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