“Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
In the effort to diminish, or dismiss completely, the significance and responsibilities of congregational life, recent days have seen a skewed emphasis on the invisible, Church universal. While this is a theological reality, the primary portrayal of the people of God found in scripture is a flesh and blood demonstration, lived out in community, as the body of Christ. We cannot grow in Christlikeness apart from His body. It is only in the messiness of “life together” that the mysterious promise of the church has any chance of becoming a reality to the world.