Ecclesiology

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Ecclesiology is the study of the church. The word Ecclesiology comes from two Greek words meaning “assembly” and “word” – combining to mean “the study of the church.” The church is the assembly of believers who belong to God. Ecclesiology is crucial to understand God’s purpose for believers in the world today.

The Church is the Body of Christ. The sole head of the Church is Christ. The traditional belief in the Church is attested to in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed as the one, holy, catholic (universal) and apostolic Church. By this phrase is meant that the Church is undivided and not many, but one, sanctified and set apart for the work of God, whole and characterized by fullness and universality, and has at its essence the going out into all the world to preach the Gospel and baptize the nations.

The Church is the Bride of Christ, the eschatological spouse of the Son of God, united to him in faith and love, for which he gave himself up on the cross. The intimacy of a husband and wife is an earthly image of the intimacy that Christ has with his Church, and the union of an earthly marriage is a shadow of the union of that marriage of the Lamb of God with the Church.

The Church as an organism, not an organization, of like thinking people. In the Church is the community where man is what he is created to be and can grow for eternity in divine life in communion with God through Christ in the Holy Spirit. The unity of the Church is not broken by time or space and is not limited merely to those alive upon the earth, but the righteous dead, and those who live upon the earth according to the commandments of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the church, its members (believers in Christ) work out their salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12), worshiping the Holy Trinity in spirit and in truth. The Church is eternal, and the gates of Hell will never prevail against it (Matt. 16:18).

Course Assignment:

All of Wicket Gate Bible College courses are essay courses that require independent study and a term paper/essay. Please read at least ten resources on this topic and then write a ten page essay discussing a summary of your resources and your personal opinion on the subjec