There are innumerable books out which glorify and adulate over the universal church. Many songs have been written to exalt the church per se. The local church, so often, is seen in almost direct contrast to that honor given to the universal church.
As you read these pages, keep in mind that if your local church were the only one on planet earth at the second coming of the Lord, the Bridegroom would still split the eastern sky to claim your church as His Bride.
We have every reason to be optimistic that animated churches with the spirit and enthusiasm of the early church will once again “salt” this country. These churches will, in many cases, come out of the fractured present-day structures of denominations. They will be diversified in ways parallel to the diversity of the families that attend your local church. They will agree on the doctrines outlined in Ephesians 4 (Church, Holy Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, God and Father) but vary in practical applications of them. They will bring conviction. They will do damage to the gates of hell. They will rescue those that are caught within its hold. May the triumphant church be seen as alive and well!
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