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Centuries After Christ

Image of cathedralChrist's corporate body is the church disrobed! The institutional church is not a part of the Body of Christ but more like a heavy coat wrapped around that Body. Like a garment, the institutional church has both good and bad qualities. It protects the body and keeps it warm in Winter but it also restricts the body in its movements because of its weight.

An Authorized Religion

Household of Faith (Jewish)The current model of the institutional church was developed several centuries after Christ when Christianity had become an authorized religion in the Roman Empire. As an institution in society, a congregation was developed in each neighborhood modeled on the Jewish synagogue system. In the Synagogue, ten households gathered as a local worshipping group meeting first in a member's house and then in their own purpose-built worship places. Their purpose was to serve their local community. This is basically how the church began and continues to this very day.✞

"Institutional Church Body"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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