Defining The New Testament Church

Paul used several metaphors to relate his interpretation of the “church.” In Eph 2:19, he refers to the church as a “household” and in v21, as a “building” and a “temple.” Also in I Cor. 12:13-27, Paul sets out to make an analogy of the human body as a metaphor for the church.  The people who received the message of Jesus Christ were then called the “church.” They met in cell pockets in different locations and discipled new converts into the Faith. The importance of where they worshiped and what they called “Houses of Worship” was a later development and could be concluded as adding more complications to the genesis of the church. Paul sought to give clarity to a new concept of worship and theology that would change the entire world.

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