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At its foundation, the Christian Church was composed of a nuclear community. Through the work of the Apostles and first Disciples, other, smaller Christian communities arose in different places. These smaller communities were considered as part of and included in the original community, in the mother Church in Jerusalem where Christ originally began his teaching.

Introduction


The Church as a body seldom, if ever, stopped to search for renewal and self-identity as a whole. Listening to the Holy Spirit and trying to understand the signs of the times-the Church as a people should have been continually seeking for her role in the world, for her task in society. For it was not the simply the stones that built the Church, but it was the people who comprised the Church.
Within the last century, the Church itself came to the forefront of theological issues underpinning the defining characteristics of its community. In a strongly secularised environment Christians tried to identify themselves in order to discern their mission here and now in the changing world.
On this earth, it was found that in this process the rediscovery of Scriptural metaphors about the Church has played a very important role. The term People of God, through its Biblical, historical and anthropological aspects bring about dynamism to the concept of the Church-and is, therefore, very appropriate in defining the Church. However, the term People of God has its limits, too. Therefore we need to consider another important term about the Church.
Rediscovering the Church as Body of Christ helps one to better understand the Church itself ...
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