What is Church according to the Bible?

church The Principles and Benefits of Change: Fulfilling Your Purpose in Unsettled TimesThe Church People of God

  • The Church: in Greek Ekklesia; in Hebrew; assembly of people (Israelites) ; Congregation, The House of Righteous. In Old Testament Israel were the people of God; in the New Testament church is the people of God. Gen_12:2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:Gen_15:14  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
    Gen_17:20  And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
    Gen_18:18  Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
    Gen_21:13  And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
    Gen_21:18  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
    Gen_35:11  And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
    Gen_46:3  And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:Exo_19:6  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

    Exo_32:10  Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
    Exo_33:13  Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
    Exo_34:10  And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.

    Lev 16:33  And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation

    Lev_18:26  Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

    Num 16:47  And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. 

    Jdg 20:2  And the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword. 

    1Ch_17:21  And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?

    2Ch_32:15  Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?

    Psa 22:22  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
    Psa_33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
    Psa_43:1  Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
    Psa_83:4  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
    Psa_105:13  When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
    Psa_106:5  That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.
    Psa_147:20  He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

    Pro_14:34  Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

    Joe 2:16  Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 

    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.

    Act_15:3  And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

    Gal_1:13  For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

  • Family of God
    Using, father, son, brother about 150 times Mat 6:4  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. 



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