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Followers of Christ who derived their identity and mission from Jesus and understood themselves to be the true eschatological community of God.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Church. A group or assembly of persons called together for a particular purpose. The term appears only twice in the Gospels (Mt 16:18; 18:17) but frequently in the Book of Acts, most of the letters of Paul, as well as most of the remaining NT writings, especially the Revelation of John.The use of this
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
CHURCH A group or assembly of persons called together for a particular purpose. The term appears in only two verses in the Gospels (Mt 16:18; 18:17) but frequently in the book of Acts, most of the letters of Paul, as well as most of the remaining NT writings, especially the Revelation of John.One way
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
church (from Gk. ekklēsia, “assembly” or “gathering”). In the lxx, two main words are used for the people of God: “assembly” (ekklēsia) and “synagogue” (synagogē). Since Jews in the first century used the latter term, the first Greek-speaking Christians selected the former to distinguish themselves from
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CHURCHOrigin of the TermThe English word “church” is derived from the Gr. adjective kyrikon (kyriakon) which means “belonging to the Lord.” The substantial form can be rendered simply as “the Lord’s house” and is used to designate a Christian place of worship.In the NT, however, “church” translates
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ChurchThe common English translation of Gk. ekklēsɩ́a. At the time of the composition of the NT it was widely used to refer to gatherings of people in some kind of assembly. In the Greek version of the OT ekklēsɩ́a was used for the people of God (Israel) gathered together for an important purpose
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
CHURCHES Literary evidence (Acts 1:13–14; 2:46) shows that the earliest congregational meetings of the disciples of Jesus, for prayer, the eucharist and the agape (a love-feast held in connection with the Lord’s supper) took place in private houses. The first archaeological evidence is the community
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters