Theological word(s) of the week.
Church: The community of all believers who are redeemed by the atoning work of Christ Jesus. The visible church is a mixture of true believers and professors. The invisible church is only comprised of true believers. The church is also universal meaning all who profess Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior and is not bound demographically or geographically. The church is also local and is comprised of members that are confined geographically.
Sanctification: The continual and progressive work of God the Holy Spirit in the believer where upon the believer is set apart by God and sets themselves apart to God in the whole person and in every aspect of their lives in conformity to the word of God.
The London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689:
Chapter 13 Of Sanctification-
1 They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, are also (a)farther sanctified, really and personally, through the same virtue, (b)by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them; (c)the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, (d)and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified, and they more and more quickened and (e)strengthened in all saving graces, to the (f)practice of all true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
(aAct 20:32; Rom 6:5-6; b Joh 17:17; Eph 3:16-19; 1Th 5:21-23; c Rom 6:14; dGal 5:24; e Col 1:11; f 2Co 7:1; Heb 12:14)