A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges given them by His Word, and seeking to fulfill the great commission by taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Its scriptural officers are pastors, elders, and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the Church, these offices are limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament also speaks of the Church as the Body of Christ, which includes all the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, language, people, and nation.

Atti 2: 41-42,47; 5: 11-14; 6: 3-6; 13: 1-3; Romani 1: 7; 1 Corinzi 1: 2; 3:16; 5: 4-5; Efesini 1: 22-23; 2:19 Filippesi 1: 1; Colossesi 1:18

Who created the Church?

The Church is a creation of Christ. He chose to build His church, Matthew 16:18, using ordinary men, who, in turn, would become future Apostles, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Missionaries, and Leaders (Ephesians 4:11-13). He, (under their leadership) would put together members of His body, according to the specific tasks He has designed for them to perform (1 Corinthians 12:18). It was always Jesus’ plan for Church leaders and members to work together. They should have a deep respect for one another because everyone (leader and member) has been placed in a Church for a specific reason. Jesus created His Church with the foreknowledge that there would be vast differences in cultures, nationalities, languages, and governments. However, He also foreknew that His plan, for “The Church,” could thrive beyond these differences. 

Che cos'è "La Chiesa"?

The Church is known as the living body of Christ with its leaders and many members (1 Corinthians 12:27). In the original Greek, the word used is Ekklisía, which, when translated, means meetinghouse or Church. However, we see this same Greek word used when the writer is talking about we members who make up The Church. It is not a building or an organization. It is a group of people joined together and forming a living body. Paul always refers to the Church as a body and goes on to explain the way Christ envisioned His Church to be full of life, ministry, and energy.

Chi è il capo? Cristo è il capo del corpo (la Chiesa)

Ephesians 1:22; 4:15-16. Paul explains, all matters with, “The Church,” is to come under His lordship.

Tutti i membri di una chiesa sono collegati in modo univoco.

Every Christian, upon Salvation, is grafted into the WHOLE body of His Church. It is important to remember that Paul does not refer to alone or a single body of believers, but all believers are to make up His Church Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12. Every Church is interdependent on one another. We all need each other. Sometimes this is a tough one to realize the matter of ‘need,’ but it’s there in Scripture and there in reality.

La Chiesa deve portare il messaggio di Cristo nel nostro mondo.

We all are responsible for carrying out the Father’s redemptive plan. Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.  Believers are to be “God’s fellow workers”- 1 Corinthians 3:9.

Now that we know more about the Church, the question remains, how should it function? No clearer directive can be found than in Romans chapter twelve, on how Christ desires His body of believers to perform.

Il capitolo dodici di Romani descrive un nuovo tipo di sacerdozio. È basato su ciò che Paolo ha scritto quando istruisce i credenti romani, tutti i credenti della chiesa, che siamo tutti sacerdoti e che dovremmo affidarci a Dio per il servizio. Include che non dobbiamo conformarci al pensiero del mondo, ma che dovremmo essere trasformati nel modo di pensare di Dio.

Il nostro sacerdozio e la trasformazione spirituale dovrebbero essere basati sul pensiero biblico e mettere tutti i credenti nella posizione di servire Dio mentre serviamo la Chiesa con umiltà insieme ai nostri doni spirituali, che ci vengono dalla fede. Ricorda, è Cristo che ci salva e ci innesta nella sua Chiesa!

Come cristiani, viviamo l'uno attorno all'altro e serviamo Dio come un corpo unito di credenti. Dobbiamo dimostrare amore divino, atteggiamenti simili a quelli di Cristo e relazioni reciproche. Inoltre, dobbiamo cogliere la responsabilità che abbiamo verso tutte le persone, compresi i non credenti. Non dobbiamo vendicarci; dovremmo rispettare ciò che è giusto e vivere in pace con le persone quando possibile. Dobbiamo sempre fare il bene di Dio, che troviamo nella Bibbia, invece del male prevalente nel mondo.

Quella che segue è una descrizione di base del capitolo dodici dei romani

Romans 12:1-2. Here we find God making all Christians into priests of a new order. As believers in Christ, and His sacrifice on the cross, we are to no longer sacrifice animals. Instead, we give ourselves to God and are to perform our priestly service while at the same time, we are to be transformed and changed by the renewal of our worldly way of thinking. We are to become a living sacrifice by being living a holy life, a life that is pleasing to God. In other words, the sacrifice of our bodies and minds to God because our bodies have become the house in which His Holy Spirit dwells.

Romans 12:3-8. As stated above, we have become members of the body of Christ. As we renew our minds, the Holy Spirit will give us, as He decides, a spiritual gift. We are not to confuse our spiritual gifts with a calling to serve Christ. We all are called to serve Christ and to proclaim the Gospel. However, each of us is given the grace and responsibility to serve Christ, along with other believers, with a spiritual gift, according to the faith that He gives us in which to serve. However, Paul does include a qualifying statement with each gift to encourage and guide every believer in their Christian ministry.

Romans 12:9-16. Paul lays a foundation of presenting ourselves to God, being transformed by renewing our minds, serving with humility, and serving with the spiritual gift or gifts imparted to us, and having faith in Christ for that service. Paul then proceeds to give us a list of twenty characteristics that our actions, attitudes, and relationships with other members of the Church should include.

Romans 12:17-21. In the final five verses, Paul now expands his instructions to the Church by giving eight ways of how we are to think toward and treat everyone, believers, and non-believers. Included are the responsibilities we have to all people, those who are a part of the Church, and those that are not. We are never to take revenge; we should respect what is right, we are to live in peace with everyone if possible, We should always do God’s good, that we find in the Bible, instead of the evil that is prevalent in the world.

Attraverso lo schema sopra, sebbene breve nella sua descrizione, possiamo formare molti inquilini, che, a loro volta, ci consentono di creare una solida dottrina per la Chiesa. Loro includono; il sacerdozio di tutti i credenti, la crescita spirituale, l'umiltà, il Corpo di Cristo, la Chiesa, i doni spirituali, l'amore divino, i rapporti tra tutti i credenti e i non credenti, la prova e la sofferenza, l'incoraggiamento, il biblico e il non biblico (visioni del mondo), e la vita di fede.

In conclusione, incoraggiamo tutti i cristiani a studiare a fondo i romani, capitolo dodici. Quando aggiungiamo la breve epistola di Efesini, si può arrivare a una chiara comprensione di come Cristo si aspetta che la sua Chiesa serva come il suo corpo unificato di credenti.