Church is an English word for a Christian religious institution or building but it may refer to:
- Church (as a building)
- Church service, a formalized period of communal worship
- Christian Church, the society, which according to Christian belief, was founded by Christ
- Any of several more specific Christian denominations
- Particular church, communities within Catholic Christianity
- Simple church, an Evangelical Christian movement
- Ecclesiology, the study of the church in Christian theology
- A religious denomination
- State church, a religious body or creed officially endorsed by that nation’s government
- Local church, the body made up of a congregation, its members and clergy
- Christian clergy, formal Christian religious leadership
- Church, a sociological classification of religious movements
- Broad church, one organization encompassing a broad range of opinion used in politics
1. a building for public Christian worship.
2. public worship of God or a religious service in such a building: to attend church regularly.
3. the whole body of Christian believers; Christendom.
4. any division of this body professing the same creed and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a Christian denomination: the Methodist Church.
5. that part of the whole Christian body, or of a particular denomination, belonging to the same city, country, nation, etc.
6. a body of Christians worshipping in a particular building or constituting one congregation: He or she is a member of this church.
7. ecclesiastical organization, power, and affairs, as distinguished from the state: separation of church and state; The missionary went wherever the church sent him.
8. the clergy and religious officials of a Christian denomination.
9. the Christian faith: a return of intellectuals to the church.
10. the Christian Church before the Reformation.
The Church (or church movement), is the historical movement that arose from the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
- In the Greek version of the Old Testament, the word ekklesia was used to render the Hebrew qahal, which denoted the gathering of people for worship.
- The first mention of a term similar to what we know as church is just after the Lord delivered the congregation of Israel (The Church Traditional) through the miracle and OVERTAKING at the Red Sea in:
Exodus 15:17Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD,which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.
Exodus 25:1-8 (King James Version)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.
3 And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,
4 And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair,
5 And rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood,
6 Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
7 Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.
8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
- This first ”Type” of sanctuary, theologians refer to as the “Tabernacle of Moses.”
- something used as a pattern or template for making other things of the same kind.
- an event, figure, or sign taken as foreshadowing something in the future
Typology: the study of religious texts for the purpose of identifying episodes in them that appear to prophesy later events
Romans 1:20 (Amplified Bible)
20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes [“The Church Mystical” or Spiritual], that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible (able to comprehend) and clearly discernible, in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks) [“The Church Visible”]. So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification],
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- Church Attendance Statistics for Denominations of Christianity (christianity.answers.com)