What Is This Thing Called Church?

Already Not Yet

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In 2004 the Church of England began its first internet church: i-church.org. It still exists today, with a pastor and members who interact with one another online. But is it really a church? Many churches in America are made up of multiple campuses, but from a biblical point of view, is it possible for one churchto be located in numerous places?

These questions are more than theological teasers; they have real significance for God’s people. Darren Carlson, president of Training Leaders International, recently observed, “The greatest problem in missions right now is disagreement over what constitutes a local church.” That’s not a small statement. Clearly we need to think with care about what a church is.

Dictionary Definitions

The English word “church” has a number of meanings, most of which are religious. But the Greek wordekklesia—the Bible word translated “church”—is different. Non-Christians in…

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