The Church is Part of the Gospel

"...the church is part of the Gospel and [...] the church is not the exclusive company of those who have an entrance ticket for heaven, but the sign to the world of the universal salvific purpose--sign, and I would add, foretaste and instrument" (p. 72)

Lesslie Newbigin
Signs Amid the Rubble:
The Purposes of God in Human History

I love this idea. It is true, by the way. You don't realize that in the West much, but here in the East where it is somewhat rare to find a community of believers worshipping together you begin to understand why Psalm 133 links together fellowship and eternal life.

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