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The Future of Israel in Romans 9–11

In Romans 9–11, Paul expounds on the covenant-keeping righteousness of God in light of God’s setting aside of the nation of Israel. Considering God’s many blessings and promises given to the nation of Israel as a nation (Rom 9:4–5), the … Continue reading

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Composing a Doctrinal Statement [section 7 — on the Church]

Composing a doctrinal statement (or any other essential documents) can be one of the most arduous (but crucial) projects undertaken by a church. In this series, I’m sharing my own doctrinal statement, a section at a time, in an attempt … Continue reading

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What is the Church [4: Jesus’ use of ekklesia]

The majority of uses of ekklesia (“church”) in the New Testament are clearly references to local churches. However, there are some passages that will shed extra light on whether we are to understand the church in the New Testament as … Continue reading

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What is the Church? [3: Occurrences in the New Testament]

Following is a list of the occurrences of ekklesia, the Greek word for “church,” in the New Testament (depending on the textual tradition you follow of course). Just skim over this list to get an idea of the frequency with … Continue reading

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What is the Church? [2: the Greco-Roman ekklesia]

In the first post on the church, I laid out some basic hermeneutical principles to guide the study of the church. In today’s post, we’ll look at the cultural contextual usage of the word “church” in the time of the … Continue reading

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What is the Church? [1: Basic Principles]

What is the church? A purely local organization? A worldwide organism? Both? In the next couple of posts, we are going to think through the cultural contextual meaning of the word “church,” and think about what role this plays in … Continue reading

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