Lately I have been thinking a lot about the Church. As a follower of Christ I am placed into a group of people that we call the Church. It is easy to think of the Church in a singular way. The Church in the Bible is described with multiple images to help us understand this unique gathering.
The Church is …
1. A Flock of Sheep – Acts 20:28-29
2. A Chosen People
A Royal Priesthood
A Holy Nation
A People Belonging to God
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
3. The Army of God – 2 Timothy 2:4
4. The Family of God – Galatians 6:10
5. The Temple of God – 1 Corinthians 3:16
6. The Body of Christ – Colossians 1:18
7. The Kingdom of God – Revelation 1:5-6
These are not all the scriptures that underline each image. Also this is not a comprehensive list and I am sure there are some metaphors I am missing.
The Church is not described in a singular image because it does not convey all that the Church is and does. Lately I have been pondering the meaning of each of these images and what they mean for us as a local Church. A temple is considered the dwelling place of God and that has huge connotations for our view or worship. The family is an intimate place of relationships and that has implications for our view of fellowship.
All of us have a favorite image but what if the local Church tried to be all that God desired it to be. How would we do things differently?