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The Church

 The church forms a spiritual unity of which Christ is the divine head. It is animated by one Spirit, the Spirit of Christ. It professes one faith, shares our hope, and serves one King. It is the citadel of the truth and God's agency for communicating to believers all spiritual blessings. The Church then is the object of our faith rather than of knowledge. The name of our Church, "CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST," is supported by I Thess. 2:14 and other passages in the Pauline Episles. The word "CHURCH" or "EKKLESIA" was first applied to the Christian society by Jesus Christ in St. Matt. 16:18, The occasion being that of his benediction of Peter at Caesarean Philippi.