The church is… a people in community whose mission is to spread the rule of Christ. (18)
He then adds this:
The purpose of the Body of Christ is to make Jesus visible in the world. (18)
And, what is our responsibility as the church toward one another? Why do we meet together?
As members of Christ’s missionary Body, our purpose is to build up the community of the saints in mission to the world. (20)
I like this definition. In fact, I’ve almost convinced myself to write a series of posts unpacking the definition and the implications.
What do you think of Black’s definition of the church?