This is the second part of Hemmingsen’s discussion of the church from his Enchiridion Theologicum. In this installment, he gives two definitions of the word “church,” one longer and one shorter.
Hinc iam plenam definitionem elicere, non erit difficile, qualis haec esse poteris: ECCLESIA est coetus hominum, evocatus e regno Satanae, ut Christum audiat, sequatur, eique vero cultu serviat, utque huic Christi vero capiti suo ita adhaereat, ut suis membris coalescat, unumque corpus constituat, ac tandem per eundem Christum fruatur in coelo perpetuo Dei et angelorum consortio. Brevius: Ecclesia est congretatio membrorum Christi, id est, sanctorum, qui credunt vere et obediunt Christi, cui in externa societate hypocritae et multi mali admixti sunt, iuxta parabolam de Zizaniis. (Classis III, Caput II)
From what I have said, it will not be difficult now to draw out a full definition, such as the following: the church is a gathering of men, called out from the kingdom of Satan, in order it they may hear Christ, follow him, and serve him with true worship, and in order that it may cling to this Christ as its own true head, in order that it may grow together with his own members and constitute one body, and finally through the same Christ enjoy the fellowship of God and the angels in heaven forever. More briefly: the church is a congregation of the members of Christ, that is, of saints, who truly believe in and obey Christ, in which, in terms of external society, hypocrites and many evil men are mixed together, according to the Parable of the Tares.1