The Hebrew word

SHALOM

is understood around the world to mean peace. But peace is only one small part of the meaning of the word SHALOM. We use it to greet people with, and we use it to bid farewell to people. However, SHALOM means much more than peace, hello or goodbye. A word study in the New King James version for SHALOM says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb Shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. Sar SHALOM (Prince of Peace) is one of the descriptive names the Bible uses to indicate the ministry and personality of the Messiah: Isaiah 9:6 – The Son of God is completely perfect in all things. So in essence, when you speak out the word SHALOM – you are not only proclaiming peace, but all the above meanings of the word over that person – that’s a mighty blessing!!! The word of God says – “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21

Community is a word used to refer to a cohesive group that is organized around common values or convictions. Chief among the convictions of Shalom is the belief in the Triune God who has been made known in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God and attested to in the Old and New Testament Scriptures. The word “community” is derived from the Latin communitas (cum, “with/together” + munus, “gift”), a broad term for fellowship. This congregation chose the “Community” to be a part of our name because we are convinced that we are called by God to share life together, and that community life is indeed a blessing or gift of God.  By becoming a community, we obey Christ’s command to “Love one another.”

Through the experience of genuine community, we draw strength from each other and turn outward to invite others into this wonderful relationship with Jesus we’ve found, fulfilling the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations.”

Lutheranism

is a theological movement to reform Christianity with the teaching of justification by grace through faith alone. Lutherans identify with the theology confessed in the “Augsburg Confession” and the other writings compiled in the Book of Concord. Lutherans hold the Bible of the Old and New Testaments to be the written Word of God, inspired by God, and the final authority for all matters of faith and life. Shalom acknowledges there is great revelation, wisdom and helpfulness in teaching and devotional material that comes from outside the Lutheran sphere, and we are not limited to sourcing materials from Lutherans alone.
Biblical Definition of

Church

The Greek term which is translated “church” in the New Testament is “ecclesia,” meaning “assembly.”  Though in our culture the word is often used to describe the building in which people gather to worship, the term more meaningfully refers to the people who belong to Christ who gather in community to worship and grow as disciples in order to serve as Christ’s body in this world (the Church Militant) until we are each drawn from this life to worship with the saints around the Throne of God in heaven as the Church Triumphant.

In the New Testament we find these meanings:

1. It is translated “assembly” in the ordinary classical sense (Acts 19:32, 39, 41).

2. It denotes the whole body of the redeemed, all those whom the Father has given to Christ, the invisible catholic (universal) church (Eph. 5:23, 25, 27, 29; Heb. 12:23).

3. A few Christians associated together in observing the ordinances of the gospel are an ecclesia (Rom. 16:5; Col. 4:15).

4. All the Christians in a particular city, whether they assembled together in one place or in several places for religious worship, were an ecclesia. Thus all the disciples in Antioch, forming several congregations, were one church (Acts 13:1); so also we read of the “church of God at Corinth” (1 Cor. 1:2), “the church at Jerusalem” (Acts 8:1), “the church of Ephesus” (Rev. 2:1), etc.

5. The whole body of professing Christians throughout the world (1 Cor. 15:9; Gal. 1:13; Matt. 16:18) are the church of Christ.

                                                                                    
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