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When the New Testament calls the church “the temple"

When the New Testament calls the church “the temple,” it doesn’t mean the buildings in which we gather. It means the people. Why is that? 1 Cor 3:16, 17 - Do you not know that you yourselves are God’...
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Who was the audience of the letter to the Corinthians?

1 Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by ...
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How were house churches overseen by elders?

Acts 14:23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had believed. It seemed expected/the norm for each church ...
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Are the ministers in Eph. 4:11 a list of "Formalized" leadership elders in the early Church?

Considerations The early local churches consisted of saints, elders, deacons according to Philippians 1:1. And some biblical researchers consider there to just be a general unformalized ministry ...
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Does the biblical understanding of "coming together" require physical presence?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the church I attend is meeting online. However, some members have expressed reservations about this, fearing if the Scriptural teaching for churches to "assemble" meant ...
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Matthew 18:17 "the church" does that mean elders/overseers or the church body? ekklēsia, ekklēsias

Why does Martthew 18:17 use ekklēsia, then at the end of the verse use ekklēsias both for the "Church"? Does one mean the elders, like the jewish tradition of jewish leaders at the gate and the other ...
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How important is the fact that the Corinthian Assembly was Formed From A Synagogue?

Acts 18:7-11 (KJV) (emphasis added) 7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. 8 And ...
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Sharing of Paul epistles amongst churches

In Colossians 4:16, Paul explicitely instructs the sharing of epistles between the Laodiceans and Colossians: 16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church ...
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Does "the church" in Matthew 18:17 refer to the whole assembly?

In Matthew 18:17, Jesus' instructions on the brother who sins reach a climax: If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to ...
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