THE LOCAL CHURCH - HIS BODY MANIFEST [2.]
A city in the olden days was wherever the people congregated and lived and were protected.
Thus the only type of description of a church [on earth] that can be found in the scriptures; is that of the `ecclesia' [called out ones]; and is described in terms of the `city' boundary---wherever it is found. We even find this thought carried through in Revelations; where even the exact dimensions of the New Jerusalem are given!
And so we find in the New Testament the corporate ecclesia described as: -
* The Church in Ephesus-----Revelation 2:1
* The Church in Smyrna------Revelation 2:8
* The Church in Pergamum------Revelation 2:12
* The Church in Thyatira------Revelation 2:18
* The Church in Sardis-----Revelation 3:1
* The Church in Philadelphia-----Revelation 3:7
* The Church in Laodicea-----Revelation 3:14
On reading the above scriptures it quickly becomes obvious that the local Church's/cell groups responsibility is towards Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church.
However, a message to one local body/cell group reflects through to the whole Body of Christ.
`He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches
It is also obvious that every local Church/cell must maintain the testimony of the Body of Christ, since each is a miniature manifestation of Christ's body.
`If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes that I teach them, then their sons shall sit on your throne for ever and ever."
`They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.'
A Church must embrace the area or locality in which it is found, and ALL believers or Christians in that particular area, are part of that local body or cell group. God always meets with you where you are