Sine Nomine

November 07 2004 20:06 (+ 9 - 6 )

Often, when we think of church, we think of the building down the street and the hundred or so people who attend there. Or, it could be the thousand-seat auditorium we pass by when we go to work.

However, in the context of Scripture--specifically Revelation--and the Creed, the Church is so much more. The Church is the communion of saints; that is, the total nubmer of those who believe in Christ. On earth, the Church is found where the Gospel is preached in its purity and the sacraments administered according to the Gospel; around these means of grace, or course, unbelievers may be gathered. However, only believers in Christ are members of the Church.

It follows, then, that the Church is much larger than either the hundred member building or thousand-seat auditorium we know. While members of the Church may gather there--and these are members of the Church Militant--there is a larger, unseen dimension to the Church. Since the Church is made up of all believers (and only believers), then those who have walked the path of faith--or climbed the ladder of faith--before us and now rest in Christ are members of this one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church--and this the Church Triumphant.

This, as we observe, is their day. This is our day. This is the Church's day. This is All Saints' Day.

For all the saints who from their labors rest, / Who Thee by faith before the world confest, / Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. / Alleluia! Alleluia!

I have posted my All Saints' Day sermon. You may view it here.

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