Philippians 1:1–18, 23–27
What a remarkable thing Christ is doing! Out of every continent, country, and nation, He is reaching out to build His body, the church. Held together by the cords of love and unity, groups of people the world over gather to celebrate their faith. But the church is not only universal in scope; it is local as well. Small parts of the whole . . . geographical segments of called-out ones, placed in suburban communities, quiet countrysides, and busy, metropolitan sites. In these places, music and message mingle to refresh sagging spirits, confront wrong, point the way, model the truth, help the hurting, hold out hope to the discouraged, rescue the perishing, and care for the dying. These places of worship are also unique for their observance of two ancient ordinances—the Lord’s Table and the act of water baptism.
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