3.5 - The Church as the Body of Christ (The Church as the Body of Christ…
3.5 - The Church as the Body of Christ
Who is the Body of Christ
Who is the head?
Most believe the Bible as God's Word is sole authority. Some also believe Church leaders have God-given authority to lead communities.
Authority from councils of bishops or patriarchs working together with the agreement of the people.
The importance of this unity for Catholics today
"Christ has no body but yours" (St Teresa of Avila)
The laity: married life, single life
The religious: monks, nuns, brothers, sisters
The clergy: deacons, priests, bishops
Individual Catholics are different parts of the 'body', and they are joined together as one. After the ascension, each person has a crucial role to play in following Jesus' example on earth.
"the body is one and has many members"
The Church as the Body of Christ
"For by one spirit we are all baptised into one body" (1 Corinthians)
"For as in one body we have many members" (Romans 12)
The work of Jesus is continued on earth as the living body, spreading the Gospel
Strength of individuals joining together as one community
United through baptism
Jesus is the head the leads the body
The Church as the people of God
They are part of a "chosen race...a holy nation" (1 Peter) belonging to God.
People who have come to Jesus in faith and through baptism.
The body of Christ means the individuals who form the Christian community.
Each member has a responsibility to contribute to the Church in different ways.
The People of God means the group of people who have found faith in Jesus