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Emanna for 08/07/2019

Five Aspects of the Practical Church Life

Bible Verses

Rom 16:3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, (4) who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles; (5) and greet the church, which is in their house. (16) ...All the churches of Christ greet you. (23) Gaius, my host and host of the whole church, greets you....

Words of Ministry

We may list these five aspects of the church life: serving the church; risking our lives for the church; having the church in our home; never considering the church as anyone's church, but acknowledging that it is the church of Christ; extending hospitality to everyone in the church and being a host to all the churches. In his greetings recorded in Romans 16, Paul unveils the crucial indicators of the proper church life both in a particular local church and among the churches. His greetings also underscore the qualities of many of the dear saints. Thus, in Romans 16 we see the churches in localities and the details of the genuine church life expressed in the attributes and virtues of so many saints. This is a complete portrait of the ancient church life....In Romans we do not find the doctrine of the church; we behold the practicality of the church life. Hence, the ultimate consummation of the gospel is the church life. What a great contrast there is between Romans 1 and 16. In chapter one we see sinners, people that are evil, unclean, and condemned; in chapter sixteen we see the churches that are holy and glorious. There is no comparison. How did vile sinners become glorious churches? Through the lengthy process revealed from chapter one through chapter sixteen, the process of redemption, justification, sanctification, glorification, selection, and transformation. As a result of a long process sinners have become glorious churches, churches that are holy and yet so practical.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 363-364. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 11/27/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.