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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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FalconMan

Who is the Church?

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FalconMan

Curious on some input here... speaking with a few denominations on official conclusions here, I'm wondering what people here think about Matthew 18 in dealing with sin and confrontation among Christians.  In particular, verse 17:

 

"If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector."

 

Who here is the church?  Some denominations say it is the Elders, some say it is the whole church body, some say it is some other official office...

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