A. The English word "church" is derived from the ME term chirche, which has its roots in the Greek term kyriakos, and means "of the Lord."
B. In the New Testament, however, the word "church" comes from the Greek term ekklesia (from ek - "out" & klesis - "to call") and carries the idea of being "called out."
C. With reference to Christ's "church" it is used in three ways.
- It is used to describe Israel coming out of Egypt. Acts 7:38
- Two times it is translated "assembly" describing a riotous mob. Acts 19:32,41
- Applied to Christ's church it describes a "called out" spiritual group of people.
- Of the church universal. (Mt. 16:18; Eph. 5:23-25)
- Of churches regionally. (Gal. 1:2)
- Of churches locally. (Acts 8:1; I Cor. 1:2; I Thess. 1:1
A. This calling is of God - a divine calling. (II Tim. 1:7-9; I Pet. 5:10)B. A calling into the "fellowship" of Christ. (I Cor. 1:9)C. A calling into the "peace" of Christ. (Col. 3:15)D. Christians are called to be "children" of God. (Rom. 9:25,26)E. Christians are called to be "saints." (Rom. 1:7; I Cor. 1:2)F. This is a "holy" calling. (I Thess. 4:7 II Tim. 1:9; I Pet. 1:15)G. This is a "heavenly" calling. (Heb. 3:1)H. This calling is into "liberty." (Gal. 5:13)I. This is an "eternal" calling. (I Tim. 6:12)J. This calling is into "glory and virtue." (II Pet. 1:3)K. This calling involves the humble. (I Cor. 1:26)
A. This calling is made possible by the "suffering" of Christ. (I Pet. 2:21)B. This is a calling of people from "darkness" to "light." (I Pet. 2:9)C. This calling comes only one way - through the "gospel." (II Thess. 2:13,14)
A. To be counted worthy. (II Thess. 1:11,12) (cf. Eph. 4:1)B. To inherit a blessing. I Pet. 3:9C. Unto perfection. (Php. 3:13-16)
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