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>Charles Finney on Faith
The Body
Ecclesia = the “called-out ones”

We come to understand that the church is beyond a building.  it is not a place but the people of God.  We, as believers in the risen Savior, make up the church.  The church is called “the Body of Christ” as well as the “Bride of Christ.” The believers make up the body that is gathered together in His name.

The Complete Works of Watchman Nee as Published by Christian Fellowship PublishersThe question is simple: How are we living?

Have we lived up to the expectations that Christ has of us as His church? Are we making disciples who are prepared to be presented as the “bride of Christ” and the “body of Christ?” Let us examine our works and their worth.  We will one day stand before our Lord and he will weigh the value of what we have done in His name and for His sake.  Will burn and become consumed? Or, will it withstand the fire and come out as refined precious metals?

Paul for Everyone: 1 Corinthians10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. –1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (NIV)

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