Course Description
This course presents the origin, brief history, nature and mission of the Church. It deals with the nature and reality of the Church as a human community who by their faith, witness and worship make Christ’s love and presence visible in the world. This course will also engage the students in active participation in the Church’s mission of evangelization.

history.General Objectives At the end of the course.Become active and committed members sharing in the Church’s mission of evangelization as parish/GKK volunteers.Live a life centered on prayer and the sacraments in communion with one another in the Christian community. 4. .Develop a deeper sense of belonging to the Church. 2. 3. nature and mission of the Church. the students are led to: 1.Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the origin.

Images of the Church C. Brief History of the Church II – Nature and Mission of the Church A. Characteristics and Mission of the Church D. The Church Origin and Foundation B.Course Outline I – The Church in God’s Plan A. Nature of the Church B. The Church and the Blessed Virgin Mary III – Models of the Church IV – The Church : Discipleship in Community .


Manabat pp.3-66. Josefina M. Lumen Gentium Second Vatican Council Document .References: Catechism for Filipino Catholics Catechism of the Catholic Church People on the Move: Church and Sacraments by Dr.

Ecclesiology An Orientation .

. in many nations and cultures.Introduction •The Catholic Church is one of the most visible reality that can be encountered. We may not see Christ today. but what we see is the Church that is spread throughout the world. we may not see God.

. It continues to grow and expand. It does not show any sign of decline or stagnation.•The Church has been in existence for almost two thousand years.

The Church continues to exert influence in the lives of people and in society. .

nature.•There have been a lot of questions raised about the origin. identity and mission of the Church. .

the leadership of the Church and the theologians have tried to come up with an understanding of the Church not only from a historical perspective but also a from the perspective of faith. .•Down through the centuries.

•Thus emerged the field of Ecclesiology. .

•Etymologically. ecclesiology is the combination of two Greek words: ekklesia and logos. .

Ekklesia originally means a convocation or assembly.•The word Ekklesia comes from ek-kalein (to call out). .

g. the people that assembled in Mt. The Hebrew word for this is Qehal Yahweh. ekklesia refers to the assembly of the chosen people before God (e.In the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures (Septuagint) . Sinai where Israel received the Law and was established by God as his holy people. .

•When the Christian Community is called Ekklesia this implies that this community is regarded as the heir to that assembly. . It is the people of God in the new covenant that God assembled from many nations.

In English this is translated as Church. .•The Latin equivalent is Ecclesia.

speech.“ . Ekklesia-Logos literally means "word.• Logos can mean "word" or "speech" or "talk." • Thus. discourse about the Church.

ecclesiology can be defined as the systematic.• Thus. identity and mission. . theological reflection of the Church's self-understanding -about her origin.


Leveling Off • What is you understanding/vision of the Church? • What is the situation of the Church today? What are the developments and trends in the Church? .

• Wha is your view of the church? .

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