Bible symbols that reveal the desired nature of Gods Church.
THE CHURCH AS A FLOCK.. Co-equal members. God values each person 100% the same and set leaders (shepherds) to guide etc.
THE CHURCH AS A FAMILY.. Universal connection and identity to believers everywhere!
THE CHURCH AS A TEMPLE.. The spirit of God lives within. Sacred. The temple is also a symbol of hope for the future to those seeking.
THE CHURCH IS AN ARMY.. Mission minded people pushing back darkness and releasing His Light!
THE CHURCH AS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST.. A sense of readiness and preparation to meet The Lord! Totally devoted to Him.
FINALLY AND MOST PASSIONATELY.... THE CHRUCH AS THE BODY OF CHRIST (refer text) The members of Gods local church are to be wonderful expression of the nature of God's Son. His Kingdom has come and is lived out through His people (you and me). Romans says ... many members forming His body, each member belonging to all the other members.
No christian should be isolated from The Body of Christ.