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Scott Hahn's: A Father Who Keeps His Promises
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Name: Institution: Professor: Date: Scott Hahn's: A Father Who Keeps His Promises 1. The nature and functions of the church 1.1The Nature of the Church There are several aspects of a church that reflect its nature. a) Church is invisible yet visible. The way God sees the church made up of those who genuinely belong to Christ is the invisible church (Hebrews 12:23).
Therefore, this one body cannot be identified with one existing organization since a claim by one organization that it is the true church means the others are lost. c) The church is universal as well as local A group of believers may either be small or big. All these make the universal church. The local church can be defined as the universal church taking place at a particular place. The universal church includes true believers who are in heaven and on earth. Therefore, the local church comprises of those on earth only and may include both the mere professors and true believers. As seen earlier, the church means one body of true believers regardless of circumstances and location. d) Church membership The members of the church are all true Christians in the present age. Being a member also means continuing the work of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit through evangelism. Evangelism is not a man’s work but Christ’s work through the Spirit. We can preach, call men to believe and baptize them but only through Christ the spirit, who can add a soul to the body of Christ. e) Metaphors’ for the church and descriptive images The scripture uses a very wide range of metaphors and images to help us understand the nature of the church. ...
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