God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands. —Acts 17:24
Church members may by necessity be scattered over the surface of the earth and separated…but in every true member of the Church is the homing instinct and the longing of the sheep for the fold and the Shepherd.
Give a few real Christians half a chance and they will get together and organize and plan regular meetings for prayer and worship….[T]hey will hear the Scriptures expounded, break bread together in one form or another according to their light, and try as far as possible to spread the saving gospel to the lost world.
Such groups are cells in the Body of Christ, and each one is a true Church, a real part of the greater Church. It is in and through these cells that the Spirit does His work on earth. Whoever scorns the local church scorns the Body of Christ. GTM025-026
The Holy Spirit’s presence with the Church is better than the continued physical presence of the Lord Jesus would have been. For…it is an internal and not an external presence…[and] equally accessible to all God’s people. CTBC, Vol. 4/499