A truth we must understand and a question we must answer:
- Truth: The Church is an organism and an organization.
- Question: How should this two-dimensional view of the Church shape the way we structure and relate to our local Churches?
An organism is alive and growing. References to the Church as a body remind us of the organism side to Church.
The reality of Church as organism should caution against thinking that we can be all that God intends for the church through structures and organization. Overly structuring the life of a local body of believers could become a hinderance to the organic life of the Church.
As an organism, the spiritual life (i. e. life generated by the Holy Spirit) should lead to spontaneous ministries of the Spirit within a local assembly.
The Church is the habitation of the Spirit of God. He (the Spirit) gives life, indwells, baptizes…
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