Just prior to the arrest of Jesus, He revealed the promise and soon-coming arrival of the Holy Spirit. He also reveals that soon men will cast them out of the synagogue and will kill them—thinking they are doing a service for God! Jesus gives them the news that He is leaving them but will return for them. Wow. Now they are totally confused. Grab your bible and follow along.
The functions of a Christian church are at the core of society. Society either embraces it or stands against it. It has been the center of community until recently (est.2000 A.D.). The community church is needed. There are functions that have historically been things only a church provides society with.