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What is the purpose of church?
One of the key images the Bible uses for church, in the New Testament, is 'body' - have a look at 1 Corinthians 12:12ff...

Implicit, even explicit, in this image are two truths:

(i) The body must be together to be the body. A pinkie separated from the body, 'refusing' to be part of the body or not even being 'joined' to the body - well, that is not a pinkie but a piece of dead flesh!

(ii) The purpose of the body is... to be a body. The body exists to be a body.

In this sense, the imagery works to emphasise two of the key points we have learned about church over the last few weeks: it is a physical gathering in one place, at one time; and, it exists for the purpose of its own existence (a gathering with God).

To this end, let me suggest two important applications:

(i) Being AT church matters. Who wants to be dead flesh?

(ii) Being the church matters. Who wouldn't want to be part of the climax of history - and who would want to reduce it to a means to something else?
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