24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. 26 What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each according to what he has done. – Matthew 16:24-27 HCSB
So far, we have discussed that the church is a community of people who know Jesus intimately, who proclaim Him confidently with the authority He granted them, and who have their minds set on the things of God.
The church is the community of believers who