When you hear the word “church”, what things come to your mind? Is it a building, crosses, people praying or weddings? Looking to the Scripture we can the a definitive answer to what the church is. This list provides some essentials of the identity of the church.
The church is us– (Acts 2:41, Eph. 3: 9-11) a group of Christ followers saved by grace through faith alone. Not a building or denomination. The church is the people in a church building or a particular denomination.The Greek work for it is‘ekklesia” which means called out. That means God called us from the world by the preaching of the gospel to be His child, to live by God’s glory, to have fellowship with other believers and reach out the lost for Christ sake.
It’s been a while since I posted some quotes from the book I recently finished. The reasons are I’m busy and the book is long or technical too read. But anyways, here’s s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished, How The Church Fathers Read the Bible by Gerald Bray published by Lexham Press. You can get your copy, both physical and digital by following this link.
“The fathers of the church could not know that we would still be reading their works today, nor could they have had any idea of how the gospel would spread across the world and take root in places of which they had never heard. Their faith has been vindicated in ways that they could not have known or suspected. We are called to learn from their example and to take heart in the fact that God has not changed, that his promises remain fi rm, and that in his good time he will reveal the fruits of our faith in the life of his people.”
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Anyways, Here’s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished, Authentic Ministry by Michael Reeves published by 10 Publishing. You can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.
“…for the leader to have strength of purpose, integrity, and the ability not to be driven (and burned out) by his ministry, he must maintain a solid grasp on the cross and so on his justification.”
As we slowly see the “light in the tunnel” of this pandemic, we believers are excited to once again be physically present to our churches. Or is it? We Christians might have been through the thick foliage of this global crisis and about to reach the road to civilization, so to speak, but do we really want that “road” again with all its old and new nuisance?
Happy Monday! Here’s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished. Balik Tayo Sa Church by Collin Hansen and Jonathan Leeman is published by Treasuring Christ PH and you can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.
“Gusto ng Diyos na makita tayo ng mundo at maintindihan nila ang pagkakaiba natin sa kanila, para maipaliwanag natin nang lubos ang kagandahan ng ating pananampalataya.“
Good day! Enjoy these great quotes I got from a book I recently finished.“Why Should I Join a Church?” byMark Dever is published by Crossway and you can get your copy by following this link. Purchasing your copy enables you to support the author, publishing house and ministry to further push the gospel of Christ.
“We display the gospel when we gather each week to serve people who sometimes share only one thing in common with us: Jesus.”
In our translation team, someone raised a question on what word that we should use for “church” in Tagalog. Is it “iglesya”, “simbahan” or something else? This is an interesting question considering that it does bring confusion not just Christians but to unbelievers we are reaching out.
I already pointed this in an article that iglesya is one of the misunderstood theological term here in the Philippines. I think it’s worth exploring it again here because I think it’s more than a question if such word should be used. The issue can be more deep than that. I think as we Christian who doesn’t want to misrepresent the gospel, so it should be our motive also to rightfully show what a church really is according to the Scriptures.
Here are my favorite quotes from an upcoming book, Love Your Church by Tony Merida, published by The Good Book Company scheduled for release on June 1. If you want to support the author, you can pre-order by following this link.
“Belonging to a church means investing your life in a gospel-centered community of believers who joyfully serve one another and advance Jesus’ mission together.”
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Now here are my favorite quote from the book How to Walk Into Church by Tony Payne published by Matthias Media. If you want to support the author, get a copy of this book by following this link.
“..this is God’s majestic purpose in Christ: to save and redeem and gather around himself a people from every nation, to give them confident access to his own presence, and one day to reveal that mighty assembly of his people in the new creation. In other words, God’s purpose in Christ is to build his church.”
Ever wonder what’s behind the some alarming scandals of churches that you read or watch over the news? What causes some pastors, church leaders and celebrity Christians down fall? How about the stories that didn’t make the news on the abuse of members? These can be sometimes traced from a behavior that cause erosions to the personality of those who we fully trust and least suspect to cause abuse. When Narcissism Come to Church highlights these from a veteran couselor perspective and diagnose the symptoms behind narcissism.