I once heard someone ask: “If God died would it make any difference in your church service next Sunday morning?” That’s a good question.
I had to answer “no.” The church I attended would have carried on as usual whether God is alive or not. Our Sunday morning worship meeting was about God, but it wasn’t dependent on God. It was something the pastor ran for God, but it wasn’t something that needed God to do anything. It could be conducted fine without Him.
Church as an institution and/or an organization is set up to be self-sufficient. It is programmed and structured so that it can function on its on.
However, the New Testament pictures church as a living organism — the body of Christ. This is not just an analogy. Biblical church is a group of people who allow the living Christ to direct, and control their gathering, not as theology or theory, but as reality.
Christ moves and speaks through the members as they gather in His name. Without Christ, a New Testament church gathering would fall apart, because it is not something planned and implemented by man, but something directly from God. This is church beyond institution, organization, and human structure.
Jesus said: “I will build My church.” He never promised to build our church, our institution, our organization. We need to give the churches to God. We need to say: “God, this is Your church. Do whatever You want this morning. We are going to gather and wait and see what You do.” When a church has the courage to do that, God will show up in amazing ways.
Read the book of Acts and see what happens when Christ is allowed to be the actual and practical head of His church. The events in Acts can happen today. All we have to do is to let God have His church.