I came out to Auburn, California with another family to help get "real" church started.
By "real church," what I mean is Christians that are really family to one another. They take care of one another financially, emotionally, and spiritually; they seek the will of God together; and they plan to keep track of one another for the rest of their lives.
That’s what family does, and no family should do it better than the family of God.
The lonely who come to Christ should never be lonely again, and that should not mean that they only have spiritual fellowship with the invisible Christ, the head, in the heavens. It should mean that they have real fellowship with the visible Christ, the body, on the earth. The Scriptures don’t only say that the hand needs the head. The hand needs the whole rest of the body (1 Cor. 12:12-27).
One more Scripture reference: We grow as we speak the truth in love to one another, each part doing its share, not just as we learn the truth from the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:11-16). In fact, the Bible teaches that if we only learn the truth from the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we’re likely to be deceived by our own sinfulness (Heb. 3:13).
I guess that was two Scripture references.
In the spirit of keeping my posts shorter and more regular, let me quit there. If you consider not just the accuracy of what I just taught, but also what it means as far as carrying that teaching out, then this post is a lot to chew on.
Introduction to Tomorrow
I titled this post "Do Doctrine and History Matter" because theology and history are subjects to which I have devoted immense amounts of time over the last 28 years. Thus, it would be natural for me to want to correct the doctrine and history of others in order to accomplish the building of the church that I’ve described above.
I do think there’s a role for doctrine and history, but is it in building the church?
That’s tomorrow’s subject.