Did you catch this wonderful snippet on Dave Black’s blog last week (Friday, February 1, 2008, 10:49 am):
Have I been blinded by idealism when it comes to my views about the bride? Some seem to think so, and I do not doubt the accuracy of the charge. Paper perfect churches can be just as disastrous as churches wearing the grey of compromise. But I cannot escape the portrait of the church that I find on the pages of the New Testament. Can you? The glowing description in Acts 2:41-47, for example, is not meant to be a picture of the “ideal” church — lovely to contemplate but impossible to realize. The believers in Jerusalem were not being super-saints; they were enjoying normal spiritual health. Why should we consider every-member ministry and a non-professionalized and non-clericalized ministry as something unusual, occasional, and irregular?
There is one line in particular that needs to be repeated (re-repeated, I guess): “The believers in Jerusalem were not being super-saints; they were enjoying normal spiritual health.” Normal spiritual health… If we are not experience fellowship (not fellow-attendance) with brothers and sisters in Christ then we may not be in “normal spiritual health”.
What do you think? Are the glimpses of the church that we get from Scripture (especially Acts) meant to be idealistic, or do they picture believers in “normal spiritual health” living and serving together?