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What is the church?
by E G White
"The church is a Christian society formed for the members composing it, that each member may enjoy the assistance of all the graces and talents of the other members, and the working of God upon them, according to their several gifts and abilities. [Like a computer club?] The church is united in the holy bonds of fellowship in order that each member may be benefited by the influence of the other... "
"All the members are to draw together, that the church may become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men."
"The covenant of agreement [the book of rules] in church membership is that each member would walk in the footsteps of Christ, that all will take His yoke upon them, and learn of Him who is meek and lowly in heart. Doing this, 'Ye shall,' saith the dear Saviour, 'find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.' Matthew 11:29, 30..."
"Why are believers formed into a church? Because by this means Christ would increase their usefulness in the world and strengthen their personal influence for good."
Letter 26, 1900. Selected Messages, Vol. 3, pp 15-16.
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