Kitchen Table Theology
Where Coffee, Conversation
and Theology Meet
The Ecclesiology Series
The Church as a Flock, The Church as a Fellowship, The Church as a Body, The Church as a Bride, The Church as a Family, The Church as God's House, The Church as a Priesthood
This is the first episode in a new series on Ecclesiology: the Doctrine of the Church. The Church is a flock of sheep who need food, protection, and direction. Our Shepherd provides for His sheep!
What do college football and theology about the church have in common? Listen to this episode to see how Jen and I relate our love of college football to the Church as a Fellowship. Fellowship is when you get to know other people because you are headed in the same direction. The Bible gives us many important reasons for why Christians are supposed to be in fellowship with one another.
Being a part of a group is a normal part of human identity. People join groups and clubs to engage with others who are like-minded or share common interests and hobbies. Searching for a sense of belonging, individuals will join social media groups, book clubs, or even special associations and societies. All these different groups may provide a person with fellowship and interaction, but they all point to the deeper longing to belong in the family of God. The ultimate membership a person can join is in the Body of Christ. The body of Christ is made up of all those who place their trust and faith in Jesus Christ.
When I think of weddings, my mind immediately goes to the three that I have paid for! We all have memories and stories of weddings, both good and bad, so it is a relatively easy analogy for us to understand. But how is the church the bride of Christ? The picture of the bride and groom is its demonstration of Christ’s limitless love.
When we talk about the Church being a family, it might bring up different connotations to different people. This can conjure up negative as well as positive connotations. The church family is a place that can bring healing and security no matter what your background; a place where you can learn and be nurtured in a way that does allow you to fulfill all you were meant to be. Ephesians 2 tells us that as believers we are members of God’s household. Listen to this episode as we discuss the “how”, the “why”, and the value of being a part of God’s family.
What defines the church? In principle, the churh is both local and universal. Listen to this episode as we define the church as the House of God. The cornerstone is Christ and the foundation is the teachings of Christ and the doctrines of the New Testament. The church isn’t just a happenstance gathering of redeemed people who come together on their own. The building and house of God is orderly, sophisticated, purposely, and divinely designed by the Grand Architect, God Himself.
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