I read two good descriptions/definitions of the church this morning:
A New Testament church is a small local gathering of believers usually meeting in homes. They are knitted together as a spiritual family with Christ as Head. Everyone contributes towards mutual edification out of what has been given to them by the Lord. Churches are characterized by their devotion to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. The environment is one where everyone is stimulated to love one another and do good deeds as they encourage one another to obey all the commands of Christ.
Rightly conceived, the church is a local group of people who have been immersed and saturated with a magnificent vision of Jesus Christ and who are discovering how to take Him as their All together and bring Him to the world.
The church of Jesus Christ expressed locally is a group of people who are learning how to live by Divine life together and how to display that life together. â€œChrist in you, the hope of gloryâ€ . . . â€œChrist our Life.â€
What do you think?