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Paul Minear found 96 images used to describe the church  in the New Testament. From that, one can conclude, “The richness of descriptions of the church teaches us that no single image can comprehend all aspects of the church” (10). However, Dever notes four major “image clusters”:  (1) The church as the “people of God”; (2) the church as “the new creation”; (3) the church as a fellowship; and (4) the church as “the body of Christ”.

Mark Dever

The Church, 9-12