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Church - Membership of the Church
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Part of Church:

1. History of Ecclesiology

2. Ecclesiology

3. Constitution of the Church

4. Universality of the Church

5. Membership of the Church

The word “Church” does not always bear the same meaning in Scripture. It sometimes means the people of Israel, wandering in the wilderness (Acts 7:38). On other occasions it means a Christian society, either a household (Rom 16:4–5) or throughout a city (Acts 8:1) or a district (Acts 9:31; 1 Cor 16:9). Sometimes it means the society which comprises all the sons of God, redee…

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Emilio Sauras, “Church - Membership of the Church”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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