We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship, and formed for family, and none of us can fulfill God’s purposes by ourselves…..For Paul, being a “member” of the church meant being a vital organ of a living body, an indispensable, interconnected part of the Body of Christ. We need to recover and practice the biblical meaning of membership. The church is a body, not a building, an organism, not an organization……If an organ is somehow severed from its body, it will shrivel and die. It cannot exist on its own, and neither can you. Disconnected and cut off from the lifeblood of a local body, your spiritual life will wither and eventually cease to exist.
(The Purpose Driven Life)
- Remedies for What Ails the Church: Christ’s Proactive Love (Part One) (lifebrook.wordpress.com)