The Church Is…

Author and church analyst, Gary McIntosh, writes in his book, Biblical Church Growth:

“In a sense, salvation has both an individual and a corporate dimension. The life-giving God existed from eternity in community (Gen. 1:26-27). He created man and woman to live in community with each other and with himself (2:15-25). But sin destroyed the fellowship of their community relationship (chap. 3) and continued to disrupt future attempts at rebuilding a loving community after the fall (see the story of Cain and Abel in chap. 4). Thus part of Christ’s call is to develop a new community of faith—the church—a community where the new commandment reigns.” (71)

Not typically how I view the church, but a good, covenant perspective.


~ by Dave Smith on January 7, 2010.

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