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Sermon Series: Misunderstood Words
“Church”

1 Timothy 3:14-16, NRSV

if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth. — 1 Timothy 3:15

  • negative associations
    • history of oppression
    • division in the church
  • 3 descriptions of church in the passage:
    • Household of God – assembly of God, where God’s family is
    • Church of the living God – even though God is omnipresent, church is the place to meet God (“where two or three gather in His name”), like seeing doctor in his office
    • Pillar and bulwark of the truth – place of instrument for God’s Message
  • we are like early adopter, where church is like beta version of Kingdom of God

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