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Biblically speaking, a Christian community consists of believers who share a common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and whose religious faith and practices are consistent with the teachings of Scripture. They do not have to belong to one single denomination but they recognize these basic biblical attributes as the basis for their communion. This community recognizes their shared view of life in Christ and seek to walk in obedience to the Lord and His word and look forward to the soon return of the Lord Jesus in person to redeem His church and to judge the world. This identity is a basis for spiritual interaction and fellowship or even communion. The term has also been generically used to describe all Christians in general but this description may be unscriptural for a number of reasons. There are people who hold themselves out as Christians but whose faith, doctrines and practices violate or contradict the teachings of the Bible or who deny the humanity and divinity of Jesus Chris or his bodily resurrection and second coming as Eternal King. For example, several cults such as Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons do not fit into the biblical definition but rather the generalized idea of Christianity which the world does not distinguish. Perhaps a local church setting consisting of a Bible believing congregation provides a clearer picture of a distinct church community. Here, a statement of faith, biblical rules and regulations governed by Scripture bind the members to each other in communion. In this context those who believe in Christ and have been affirmed by the church are considered bona fide members of that church community.
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