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Francis Chan: What Does the Bible Say About Church?

Thu, Dec. 12, 2013 Posted: 05:12 PM


According to his website, pastor and author Francis Chan "is working to start a church planting movement in the inner city of San Francisco and also working to launch a countrywide discipleship movement."

This emphasis on church planting produces some interesting questions. In the following video Chan asks what would you say if you had to describe church with just the Bible.

The Greek word for church is ekklesia. The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon defines this word as:

  1. an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting
  2. a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order's sake
  3. those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body
  4. the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth
  5. the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven

Chan identifies four characteristics of the church from the Bible. Make your own list and then compare to what he says in this video.

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