Concordia Theological Monthly


James W. Mayer

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God's people, ekklesia, Holy Spirit, faith

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The word "church" has come to mean so many things that it is difficult to think of church with any ontological precision. Our present study is an examination of the nature of the reality that is ekklesia, and the bearing that the unique quality of its being has on certain problems of fellowship. Although we at times use terms borrowed from the philosophers, we have nonetheless set ourselves the task of thinking in strictly Biblical categories, wherein reality cannot be contemplated apart from the personal Lord, by whom and in whom the reality exists; where being cannot be abstracted from becoming, or nature thought of relevantly apart from function.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 3:10, 21; Ephesians 5:23-32; Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; Acts 15:41; 1 Corinthians 7:17; Romans 16:16; Galatians 1:22; Acts 14:23; Acts 9:31; Acts 7:38; Hebrews 2:12;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars