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Church vs. Congregation

As you probably know by now, if you read this blog on a regular basis, I’ve in church for a while.  Practically all my life.  I have few memories where church doesn’t play a part in my life.

I’ve spent less time being part of the Church, though.  I came to know Christ and become part of His Bride when I was about 25, just before I became a father.

When you hear about a church, say for instance in news stories, you will often hear about the church’s congregation.  This is, of course, referring to the people who attend the church, those who make up the regular attenders of the church.

The problem is that the news, and others, have it all wrong.  The church may have a congregation, but the congregation is not necessarily the church.

As I mentioned above, I am part of the Church.  A congregation is bound, perhaps, by many things.  Family.  Relationships.  Community.

These things may help bind the Church, but they aren’t the primary means by which the Church is bound to each other.  There is only one thing that truly binds the Church, when all the others may fail.  One person.


What is the difference between the Church and the congregation?  We who follow Christ are both.  The Church and the congregation.

If we just go to church without the benefit of Christ in our lives?  We’re just part of the congregation.

The Church stands out among the congregation of every church.  When it comes to Church versus congregation, I’ll take the Church.


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  1. December 3, 2014 at 5:16 am

    “if we go to church without the benefit of Christ in our lives…” That is the difference in a nutshell is it not/Too many have it in the head but not in the heart.

  2. Joseph
    January 23, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    The Church vs Congregation Translation. In the Old Testament the KJV uses the word Congregation 364 times. It is used once in the New Testament in Acts 13:43.Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
    Church was used in the rest of the KJV. So when Tyndale used the Word Congregation in his New Testament translation. Was he ad hearing to replacement theology (Non Dispensationalism) or was his translation of the word influenced by his hatred for the Catholic Church?


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