Not all of the pooled efforts of any church can make a Christian out of a lost man! The Christian life begins with the individual; a soul has a saving encounter with God and the new life is born. All else being equal, every individual Christian will find in the communion of a local church the most perfect atmosphere for the fullest development of his spiritual life. There he will also find the best arena for the largest exercise of those gifts and powers with which God may have endowed him. Unfortunately, the word “church” has taken on meanings, which it did not originally have. The meaning of the word for the true Christian was fixed by our Lord and His apostles, and no man or angel has authority to change it! The universal Church is the Body of Christ, the Bride of the Lamb, the habitation of God through the Spirit, the pillar and the ground of the Truth. Without doubt, the most important body on earth is the Church of God, which He purchased with His own blood!
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15
The Christian life begins with the individual; a soul has a saving encounter with God and the new life is born.
Lord, I understand just how personal my salvation is, and I am very proud to be a part of the universal Body we call the Church.