Fri, March 17, 2017
On Being Church
Every local church is a microcosm, having all the qualities of the macrocosm, the church universal. Each local company is ideally and should be actually equipped to do anything that the Head of the church wills to accomplish. Wherever such a company is found, there is the true church, the complete church, so complete that if all the believers in the world were to be gathered in one place it would not add anything to the perfection of the smaller assembly.
Each local church is a fellowship in the deepest spiritual meaning of that word. It comes into being by an afflatus of power and a bestowment of life. It cannot be produced by organization, though after it is there it may be strengthened and improved by a wise and Spirit-led organization. A true church existed in Crete before Titus was left there to ''set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city.'' Organization did not create the church; it was imposed upon a church already present, a church which had been born out of the preaching of the gospel. For it is always the gospel that produces the church; there can be no church apart from the gospel.
''The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.''
First Corinthians 12:12, 27
Every local church is an expression of Church because as believers we are members of Christ's body through whom He seeks to reach out to people around us.
I am part of Your Church in this world, Lord. May I recognize my brothers and sisters and with them be a body member through whom You can reach out to people.