About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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The Organic Church


Something that is considered to be organic is something that has been derived from, or birthed by, a natural living source.  Organic vegetables are organic because they are grown naturally, without any man-made chemicals or genetic modification.  A new-born baby is organic because the baby was conceived by two natural living cells.  A human relationship is organic because two living people have been naturally united in friendship.  Church is organic because the living Holy Spirit and living people have been immersed into one living body, otherwise known as the Body of Christ.  Understanding this, read 1 Corinthians 12:13.


For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.


Paul taught that the Holy Spirit has baptized, or immersed, us into one living body, the church.  From my perspective, Paul's teaching about church recorded in 1 Corinthians 12 is sadly unknown to most.  Much of the church in the West views church as an organization you join or attend.  That's not what Paul taught.   


Paul did not describe church as being a static organizational structure to join or attend in 1 Corinthians 12.  He described church as a living organism, Christ's present-day earthly physical body where the Holy Spirit has baptized believers into each other's lives.  This makes church organic in nature, where Christians who have been immersed alongside each other in supportive relationships can function as the healthy maturing Body of Christ.           


Church is more than an organisation to facilitate a mission.  Church being a living organism is important as our western culture, step by step, becomes more anti-Christ in nature.  As this transition occurs, church will begin to lose its state sponsored ordinations, tax exemptions, charitable status, and the sufficient funds to maintain its buildings and organizational structure that presently exists.  With these losses church will be forced to become organic if it is to survive.  I maintain that if you don't find yourself baptized into the lives of those Jesus has place you alongside in His earthly body, you'll find yourself alone, attempting to survive the onslaughts of our anti-Christ culture.          


Post Script  

In the coming month, I will publish in both paperback and e-book form, a full, verse by verse commentary on Paul's teaching about the organic church as seen in 1 Corinthians 12.  If you don't understand 1 Corinthians 12, you will misunderstand church.        

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