There are many different ways to view church. Scripture, tradition and developing theology all contribute to the many images held up for our vision of church.
Church as the People of God
The word “church” derives from two words: qahal in Hebrew and ekklesia in Greek. Together these words translate as "a gathering of people." Repeatedly, we read in scripture that God wills to save people and to make them into a people who acknowledge and serve God and one another. First and foremost, the church is the people of God, as it says in 2 Corinthians 6:16, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God and they shall be my people.”
Church as Sacrament
A sacrament is defined as an outward sign of an inward reality. Thus, the Church is seen as a sacrament because it is a noticeable indicator that the unseen God is at work in the community. And because of God’s presumed presence, it is a means by which God communicates with humanity and helps bring about God’s kingdom. The Holy Spirit moves through the community breathing God’s inspiration among the people. The greatest sign to the world of our connection to God is how loving we are as a church.
In the summer of 2011 Catechist Magazine launched the National Society for Volunteer Catechists. The creation of this society has been Peter Li’s vision for many years. Peter Li is Chairman and CEO of the Peter Li Education Group, which includes Pflaum Publishing and the Catechist Magazine.
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