What is the Church? Blessed, Broken, and Given


What is the church? By examining three stories in the Gospels where Jesus hosts a meal, we learn that the bread was handled by him in these three ways:

  1. Blessed
  2. Broken
  3. Given

The table, which is where we share in Eucharist, communion, or the Lord’s Supper, ought to be at the centerpiece of Christian worship. What if it were also how we might best describe the life of the church as well? Watch this Seven Minute Seminary by Glenn Packiam to find out more.

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Glenn Packiam is one of the associate senior pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. He is the author of Discover the Mystery of Faith (David C. Cook, 2013), LUCKY: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People (Cook, 2011), Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith (Cook, 2009), and Butterfly in Brazil: How Your Life Can Make a World of Difference (Tyndale, 2007). Glenn was also one of the founding leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band and has been featured on several Desperation Band and NewLifeWorship recordings


  1. Jesus Christ defines The Church in Matthew 18:20 King James Version (KJV):

    20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.