Meetings

The word "church" in the New Testament is primarily used in reference to a local body of believers. These believers constitute the Body of Christ locally and are viewed in an organic way.

"Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it" ( 1 Cor 12:27).

The members of His body are to consider themselves in this light, as the Apostle Pauls put it,

"For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God hasĀ  placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body." ( 1 Cor 12:14-16)

For this reason, believers are exhorted,

" .. not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near."

The various meetings of the church provide the occasion for the Body of Christ to function as God intended: for mutual edification and worship.

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