The Church Built Upon Christ

God is the Lord 

“Thus, the Church is founded on Christ. It is His Church, the response to His call, the obedience to His will. It is important to keep this in mind, because Christians themselves often forget and begin to view the Church as ‘theirs,’ as an organization essentially called to serve them, to satisfy their spiritual and non-spiritual needs and demands. Yet the very word Church shows above all that it is the union of those who are called to serve Christ, and to continue His work. It is service not to self but to God. What is this service? Or rather, what is the purpose, the task for which Christ founded, or as He says, ‘built’ His Church? The answer to this question is given by the Symbol of faith in the four adjectives preceding the word ‘Church’: ‘I believe,’ we each say, ‘in One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.’” (Alexander Schmemann, Celebration of Faith:  I Believe. Sermons, Vol. 1.  pg 116)

Paul never describes the church’s mission in terms of a specific task that it is to perform, but in terms of a character of life that it is to exhibit. It is to ‘walk worthily of its call’ (Eph. 4:1). At the most obvious level, this involves a life of righteousness before God (Rom. 6:13,18).”  (The Cambridge Companion to St. Paul, pg 203)

 

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