Theology Class: Understanding Church - Alyssa Cantrell
First and foremost, I would encourage everyone to come to theology class to gain more of the Lord, to understand God, and love Him on a deeper level. Today’s lesson was one that really resonated with me because it extended truth about the church that I didn’t completely grasp. Here’s a little summary. Chase began with a statement that “the church is a community of all true believers for all time.” What this means is that the church is made of people who have been called out of darkness and into light, for people sent to glorify God, and for people to expand the kingdom of God. He then talked about the bride of Christ as an image of God’s faithfulness, which had to be restored after sin entered the world. Israel was chosen as the perfect picture, but it soon became the broken picture. Because of the resurrection and Christ’s victory over sin and death, the Holy Spirit Falls on creation (Acts 2), and the image is restored, and renewed. Now, the universal church- all true believers – are called to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). The local church- cottonwood creek, chase oaks, 1st Baptist McKinney, etc.) is a local manifestation of the universal church. We are called to root in a local congregation for accountability, and to contribute to the kingdom of light (Hebrews 13:17). We were never designed to live in isolation.