These early Church of God people also used another phrase, "I saw the church." They might ask, "Have you seen the church?"
Now a lot of you know that I didn't grow up "going to church." And I certainly didn't grow up attending a Church of God congregation. So when I first read this expression, which wasn't until seminary, I thought it was curious. It was strange. But I also like it because I knew what they meant.
They were talking about community. They were talking about seeing the church not as a building or even as an event on Sunday morning but seeing the church as a people who are completely and totally with nothing held back surrendered to God and Jesus. Have you seen the church? The true church? Have you seen the church as a people, not even as they are; have you seen them in the way that God's sees them and God intends us to be?
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Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Jan 30, 2001
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Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Feb 2, 2001
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