I did not plan to publish a blog post tonight. However, when I read the latest from “Aussie John” at his blog “Caesura“, I had to comment on his post.
In the short time that I have had known Aussie John, I have been greatly blessed, encouraged, and challenged by his blog posts and his comments. His latest post, which is called “Deceiving Ourselves“, is no exception. He writes:
The best expressions of church life do not form in models imposed on people by those, who by training, study, etc.think they know what is best.
The best expressions of church life rise out of Christian brethren, and those with whom their lives have daily contact, and who become attracted by, and interested in, the love and other differences they perceive in the relationships amongst Christians.
In other words the church is not something we build by our efforts, by zealously doing things according to a formula developed from some formula, theology or creed.
The genuine church is that which arises amongst those who have a common Father, born anew by His Spirit, and learning to live, loving each other, and sharing that love with others around them. They love because He loves(1Jn.4:19),with no other agenda.
It is hard for some folks to see that, since they have the idea that if we can just embrace the most godly, the most orthodox,the most historical system, weâ€™ll see the church rise in glory.
The fact is the church is not a system, or an organization, or any other appellation, at all. God never designed it that way.
I think Aussie John has explained the church beautifully! The church is not an organization nor is it a system nor is it a structure nor is it an institution. It does not begin with a methodology, or a creed, or a formula. It does not even begin with leadership.
Instead, the church is a group of followers of Jesus Christ who God has brought together so that they can walk through life with one another. Thank you, Aussie John, for another excellent blog post!