What is the Church?
Part One: God’s Calling

1. Start of short series on what the “Church” is
2. There is a history in Scripture of God calling mankind to Himself

I. The early callings
      a. Genesis 6:5, 8
      b. Genesis 6:13-15
            i. Genesis 11:26, 31
           ii. Joshua 24:2-3
          iii. Genesis 12:1-4

II. Later call of God
      a. Exodus 3:7,10
      b. Exodus 4:29,31
      c. Exodus 32:1
      d. Exodus 32:25-28
            i. Jeremiah 29:10-11
           ii. 1 Chronicles 36:22-23

III. God’s call today… Called by the Gospel
      a. 1 Peter 2:9
      b. 1 Thessalonians 2:12
      c. Acts 2:29

1. ekklesia is a combination of ek which means ‘out of’, and kaleo which means ‘to call’
2. Our English word ‘church’ literally means “called out ones”