There is no other entity on earth like the Church of Jesus Christ. It is unique. The New Testament has several metaphors or images to help us more deeply understand the nature of the church.
At First Baptist Church of Arlington, we have set forth a doctrinal statement, based on The Baptist Faith and Message (1963) that we simply refer to as our Core Beliefs that includes an article on The Church:
We believe the CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST ON EARTH TODAY! Jesus established the church and it exists to perform God’s will on earth. Believers are to invest themselves in the life and work of the church.
We further believe the Church is God’s primary instrument today in establishing His Kingdom.
With that said, let’s explore what Jesus teaches us about His church in our text for today.