is the Church?
Church is the spiritual Body of Jesus Christ. (Romans
English word Church is translated from the Greek ekklesia, which
means called out ones. The Church is the collective Body
of believers who are called out of this world and its
They are sanctified (set-apart) by truth, and possess
the indwelling of the holy spirit. (John
17:16-17 / Romans 8:9)
Israel is called the "Church in the wilderness, but the
New Testament Church began on the Day of Pentecost in AD
31, and is commissioned to preach the gospel of Christ's
sacrifice, and announce the coming Kingdom of God.
The Church is to disciple those the Father calls,
baptizing them and teaching them all that Christ and the
early Apostles taught, which is the Faith that was once
and for all delivered to the saints.
(Matthew 24:14 / 28:19-20 / Acts 2 / John 21:21 / Jude) In
fulfilling its commission, the Church continually looks
to Jesus Christ, its Head. (Colossians
At the time of the end, shortly before the return of
Christ, the Church is identified as those who keep the
Commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Revelation
12:17 / 14:12)