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    The word church simply means "the called out." The term is used in the New Testament to refer to the people who have been "called out" of the world into a relationship with Christ.  God calls us by the Gospel, for Paul wrote, "Whereunto he called you by our gospel" (2 Thessalonians 2:14).  Those who hear and obey, the Gospel are "delivered from the power of darkness" and are "translated into the kingdom (the church)" of Christ (Colossians 1:13).  This means that those who are in the church of Christ have been delivered from sin and have entered into a spiritual relationship with Christ.  This is why it is so important to be a member of the Lord's church--those of the church have been "called out" of sin and into Christ. 


Excerpt from the tract, "WHAT IS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST?" by Mark Lindley.
(Used with permission.  Edited-LWG)