Saturday, August 16, 2008

So, how do you define "church"?

The Bible: Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (I Corinthians 12:27)... And (Christ) is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:18)

Articles of Religion XIX (1549): The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in which the pure word of God is preached and the sacraments are duly ministered according to Christ's ordinance...

The Jerusalem Declaration (2008): We are a fellowship of people united in the communion (koinonia) of the one Spirit and committed to work and pray together in the common mission of Christ.

or I guess there's this...

[Presiding Bishop Katharine] Jefferts Schori says that the Episcopal Church "will continue to define itself through its legislative processes." (from today's U.S. News and World Report, here )

1 comment:

Matt said...

lol.. Wow, that's a very interesting contrast.