I love Thy kingdom, Lord, the house of Thine abode,
The church our blest Redeemer saved, with His own precious blood.
I love Thy church, O God, her walls before Thee stand,
Dear as the apple of Thine eye, and graven on Thy hand.
For her my tears shall fall, for her my prayers ascend,
To her my cares and toils be giv’n, till toils and cares shall end.
-Timothy Dwight (1752-1817)
“Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus
throughout all ages, world without end.”
- Philippians 1:1 is an important text regarding the local church for it tells us of whom the church consists (everyone in the church is important but the order here is significant):
“Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons,“ [Read more…]