Originally Posted by Dethbob
Dangit! It’s a trick question! The correct answer is ‘Jesus’.
Very true. The Church is the Bride of Christ, so we exist for Him.
I guess we need to distinguish between "church" and "The Church."
First of all, the word "church" (Greek kuriakos
) is not actually in the Bible. What happened was the English translators took out the word ecclesia
(which means "assembly, congregation, a group of people gathered together" and is the root word for Ecclesiastes) and replaced it with the Old English word, cirice (kirche in German), and that's where we get our modern word "church."
The Greek word kuriakos
means "pertains to, or belongs to, a lord." While technically that is true of The Church, it's still a completely different word with a completely different meaning.
Why did the translators do this? Well the words "assembly" and "congregation" are also used in the Old Testament to refer to the nation of Israel. So, we could argue that the word was changed to create an invisible wall of separation between Old Testament and New Testament believers that was never intended to exist
. Some might even say that the word "church" was added to the Bible to prevent the evangelization of Jews into the Body of Christ.
So, "church" as a building that people visit on Sunday mornings, has no Biblical basis whatsoever
. It actually has more in common with pagan worship than anything pertaining to Jesus Christ. A church, in that sense, is just a piece of property with no spiritual significance whatsoever. So, putting the maintenance and care of a church building before evangelizing and carrying out the Great Commission is hovering dangerously close to idolatry and is a violation of the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:3)
The Church, the Assembly or Congregation of Believers, is us. So, when asking the question of "Who is the Church for?" we need to think of it more as "Who are we, as followers of Jesus Christ, for?" We are The Church, and we are for Jesus Christ and we are temporarily on this earth to spread His Word.