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    基督與召會
    生命與建造
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The practical church building 1- Two aspects of the church

 

Building a physical building requires building sites, building materials, builders, and architects, Most importantly, it takes time, process, and stages. Same with the divine and spiritual building, the universal church requires locality as the ground, regenerated and transformed believers as building materials, and God as the supreme Architect. 

First of all, the church as a building is made of God’s divine life. The life grown and constituted into God’s believers made up the corporate building and expression. 

Second of all, the church has both the universal and local aspects, and both divine and human aspects. Universally speaking, there is only one church, as the bride of Christ, as the body of Christ, as the one new man, as the kingdom of God, reflecting and expressing God’s glory. She has divine nature like her Creator, heavenly status shared with her Husband. Locally speaking,  however, many local churches are the great mystery of Godliness, being God manifested in the flesh, being God’s testimony on and God’s golden lamp-stand on the earth. 

Thirdly, while the church is universal, the actual building of knots and bolts happens locally. The ground, administration, and concrete building of a church is local; all the grinding, edge-smoothing, knitting, joining and building up occur locally.  While the church is universal across time and space, the local churches are constraint by time and space, and the church building process and work is very practical. Whereas the glorious and heavenly status of the universal church is very high and spiritual, the building of local churches are consuming, earthly, practical, and concrete. 

 

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