Article written by Curtis

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  1. Joseph Lalonde
    Joseph Lalonde 18 June, 2012 at 7:31 am | | Reply

    When I think of the church, several ideas pop into my head.

    The body of believers as a whole
    Our local churches
    Fellow believers that we meet with regularly w/o the context of a building

  2. Kimball Chase
    Kimball Chase 18 June, 2012 at 7:45 am | | Reply

    Any group of people who have put their trust in Jesus (the Savior of the world) and as a result have been forgiven, reconciled to God, and transformed. And that transformation is characterized by their unending love of all people and their adventurous pursuit to share the truth of the salvation Jesus offers with those who have not yet heard.

  3. Jared Mackey (@jaredmackey)
    Jared Mackey (@jaredmackey) 18 June, 2012 at 8:41 am | | Reply

    “The visible church is all the people who get together from time to time in God’s name. Anybody can find out who they are by going to church to look. The invisible church is all the people God uses for his hands and feet in this world. Nobody can find out who they are except God.”
    Frederick Buechner

  4. Chris Jeub
    Chris Jeub 18 June, 2012 at 9:47 am | | Reply

    Fletch, you seem to be on a journey. Perhaps it’s similar to the one Wendy and I have been on in the past five years.

    We’ve revised our view of church, arguably more akin to 1st century Christians. After a bitter experience with a most “perfect” church we belonged to, we delved into a study of the Body of Christ that led us to some counter-church-cultural ideas. Barna has been very influential, and we are now in a house church of 4 families who worship together weekly.

    Funny, some of our more traditional friends think we’re on a hippy-like sabbatical, praying that we get “back to church.” For us, we are reveling in the realization that we are more in church (fellowship, the Body, bearing one another’s burdens, loving one another) than we were in a building on Sunday mornings.

    Am I making sense? Wendy and I are still on the journey, God still working in our lives. We’re not all that cynical toward traditional church, but very much enjoying and growing in fellowship with dear friends.

  5. Kari Scare
    Kari Scare 18 June, 2012 at 1:31 pm | | Reply

    I am the church. My family is the church. My church family is the church. All gospel-focused churches are the church. For me as the church, I impact all the others, so I start there with expectations. The Bible says to “above all guard your heart,” and so this is my first expecation. To guard my heart by pursuing Christ. Oh my, I think you opened up a pretty big topic. I could say more, but I’ll stop there.

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