Excerpt from Unity Church Call, Designed for the Churches of the Great Christian Unity: A Denomination Organized by the Negro Race of America, November 15, 1891
The term church occurs in the New Testament more than one hundred times. The word church translated means congregation or assembly, but it does not indicate the purpose for which the congregation or assembly meets; hence it is used in Acts, 19 eh., 32, 39, 41 vers., and rendered assembly in every other place in the New Testament so far as we can understand. And so it is trans lated church. In its application to the followers of Christ it refers either to a particular congregation of saints or to the redeemed, in the aggregate it is employed in the latter sense in Eph., I eh., 22 ver., 3rd and 21, 5, 25, 27 vers. So here we have the ex pression heard over all things: To the church! To Him be glory! In the church by Christ Jesus! Throughout all ages, world without end, amen!
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