THE LOCAL CHURCH A LIVING BODY
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This book begins with a careful definition of 'church' in the New Testament as both a people called out from the world and the body of Christ manifest in the world. Such a church is further defined by a regenerate membership over and against any state-sponsored institution. Thus each member is a living expression of the reality of the risen Lord himself. Such a high view of the church is the springboard for all that follows. The author goes on to show that life precedes organisation though organisation is vital for effective God-honouring service both in terms of leadership and meeting together. At this point Mr. Davies helpfully expounds the theme of fellowship which, for him, was at the core of the New Testament churches' strength and impact on the world.