The Church that the Lord Jesus Christ builds


The  Church  that  the 
Lord  Jesus  Christ  Builds




Definition  of  the  word  “Church”


               The word “Church” is translated from the original Greek word “Ekklesia” that means “called out ones.”

教會這個詞是由希臘原文 Ekklesia翻譯, 該詞的涵義是被召出來的子民


               The word “Church” does not refer to an organization or a building.



               The word “Church” strictly refers to Christians who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.




Only  Two  Places  in  the  Four  Gospels

in  which  the  word  “Church”  is  recorded


               The Lord Jesus Christ spoke very little about the church.   



               His main preaching and teaching is about the Kingdom of God. 



Jesus  spoke  about  the  Universal  Church

耶 穌 講 說 宇 宙 性 的 教 會


               “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”   (Mt. 16:18)

     我還告訴你、你是彼得 、我要把我的教會建造在這磐石上.陰間的權柄、不能勝過他。〔權柄原文作門〕 ( 16:18) 


               The Universal Church transcends human race, time and space.

       越人類、 .



Jesus  also spoke  about  the  Local  Church
耶 穌 也 講 說 地 方 的 教 會


               “And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.”  

                 (Mt: 18:17)

       若是不聽他們、就告訴教會.若是不聽教會、就看他像外邦人和稅吏一樣。 ( 18:17)


               “Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?” (1 Cor. 14:23)

所以全教會聚在一處的時候、若都說方言、偶然有不通方言的、或是不信的人進來、豈不說你們癲狂了麼。(林前 14:23)



The  Universal  Church  is  God’s  called

out  People  from  all  Nations  and  Races

宇 宙 性 的 教 會 是    神 從 各 族 各 方、

各 民 各 國 中 所 召 出 來 的 子 民


“. . . . For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,”  (Rev. 5:9)

. . . . 因為你曾被殺、用自己的血從各族各方、各民各國中買了人來、叫他們歸於 神、  (  5:9)



The  Universal  Church  existed  only
after  the  Death  of  Jesus  Christ


       “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”  (Acts 20:28)

       聖靈 立你們作全群的監督、你們就當為自己謹慎、也為全群謹慎、牧養 神的教會、就是他用自己血所買來的。〔或作救贖的〕 (徒 20:28)



The Church began on the Day of Pentecost

教 會 在 五 旬 節 那 天 才 開 始


               First mention of the word “Church” in the Acts of the Apostles. 



               “. . . And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)

      主將得救的人、天天加給他們 (的教會) ( 2:47)


               The word “church” is not in the Chinese text, but it is in the Greek text.

這個詞 “教會” 不寫在中文聖經,但卻寫在希臘文的聖經中。


               ανοντες τν θεν κα χοντες χριν πρς λον τν λαν δ κριος προσετθει τος σζομνους καθ μραν τ κκλησα  -  Original Greek from Textus Receptus


               κριος Προσετθει  kyrios prostithēmi  The Lord added to  主加給

       κκλησα  ekklēsia  the church   教會



The  Church  will  exist 
until  the  End  of  the  Age


               “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”   (Mt. 16:18)

       我還告訴你、你是彼得 、我要把我的教會建造在這磐石上.陰間的權柄、不能勝過他。〔權柄原文作門〕 (太 16:18)


               “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.” (Mt. 28:20)

               凡我所吩咐你們的、都教訓他們遵守我就常與你們同在、直到世界的末了。 (太 28:20)



The  First  Apostolic  Church  is  both

a  Universal  and  a  Local  Church


               When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1)

       五旬節到了、門徒都聚集在一處 (徒  2:1)


               The Assembly is called “the church which was at Jerusalem” (Acts 8:1) and “church in Jerusalem” (Acts 11:22) 

       這聚集在一處的門徒稱為耶路撒冷 的教會( 8:1) 耶路撒冷 教會    ( 11:22) 



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