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Organic Church Draft

Organic Church Draft

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The Organic Church Draft #114/16/2008Organic Church Draft 11 (2).doc1
 THE ORGANIC CHURCHversusTHE “NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH”The entire world desperately needs either a New Testament church oran organic church. But which? The difference between the two is life ordeath.These are words I heard even before I became a Christian:“We must be New Testament.”“We need to return to a New Testament church.”Would not everyone agree with those statements?D
ARE
W
E
C
HALLENGE
T
HIS
I
NCONTESTABLE
V
IEW
?The truth is, there is no such thing as the “New Testament church” . . .not even in the New Testament! What the New Testament records is thestory of the organic experiences of churches, from 30
A.D
. to 70
A.D
. Wehave a clear record of about a dozen churches in Century One. All theseekklesia were different and all were organic. We cannot re-create a “NewTestament church”! But, if we dare, we can see the rebirth of an organicbeing—a woman, a living, breathing person—the ekklesia.
 
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Attempting to bring about the rebirth of the ekklesia will fail if youuse the verse-here-and-verse-there method. To do so is to end up having astatic view of the ekklesia, whereas the organic church of Century One “felther way along” from day to day.WHAT IS IT THAT ASSEMBLES?We often translate the Greek word
ekklesia
as assembly. But what isit that is being assembled? It is the assembling together of the living parts of Jesus Christ. That means His head
and 
His many members. We picture thisin a marriage, when the man and woman become united as one person.This corporate person is a spiritual being. As a spiritual being, thechurch must grow by spiritual food, air, and water, just as does any humanbeing.It takes hard work to stop this lady
ekklesia
from being organic. It isher biological nature. It is only her organic function that can truly
restorethe first-century church.
Men who try to build a church interfere with herbeautiful organic nature.Let us drop in on a group of men intent on ignoring biology butcommitted to verses pulled out of context. Here is what these men arethinking: “We will need miracles. A New Testament church will have to
 
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have deacons and elders. There should be prophets, etc. Women should nottalk in the meeting. And we will meet in a home.” These men then begingathering up all these elements, and they believe “We now have a NewTestament church.”No, forcing those elements into an organization does not make it aNew Testament church, but Dr. Ludvig Frankenstein would be impressed.They have only one problem. What they have put together is dead. Thisapproach does not produce a living creature. There is no place on earthmore lifeless than a gathering of Christians in the house church movementwhen it has tried to reconstruct the elements of a “New Testament church.”The house church, their “New Testament church,” will be boredom itself . . .as great as the boredom they experienced in their previous Sunday morningchurch service.T
HE
G
ENETICS OF
L
IFE
 As a baby grows, so grows the ekklesia.There is no such thing as a New Testament church; but there is acorporate living person, the bride of Christ. She is a
living
organism. She isalso captive to the laws of genetics. As in genetics, there is an unstoppablepattern. That is, her ways, her nature, her expression are encoded in her. Theonly way such a beautiful woman will live again is to give her the chance to

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