“… the very reason the law of Christ existed—just as the law of Moses existed—was to create a community of love (see on [Gal] 5:14).” —Don Garlington, Shorter Commentary on Galatians, 174.
God gives grace and strength in his church. Are any of us so strong that we can forgo what he gives there?
Denominational structures are held together by power. So people often ask how the Lord’s church can function without a headquarters that gives congregations instructions. The church of Jesus Christ is united by love for God, for his word and will, for his people. Their relationship to God gives them a commitment to and interest in all of the family of faith.
Many people are against organized religion because they see systemic abuse and sin. They are right to reject man-made systems. The New Testament reveals the divine plan for God’s family. It is organized. It holds meetings. It receives and disburses money. The disciples engage in good works. God gave this plan, and it is indispensable.
The church is at work on Monday, as much as on Sunday. Indeed, the body of Christ shows its life when it engages in daily service, proclamation, and fellowship.
In the body of Christ, each of us has strengths and weaknesses. Let us draw on the strengths of others, and help them in their weaknesses.
“We judge our success by sending capacity, not seating capacity.” —J.D. Greear