E. The Building Up of a Local Church
Finally, Witness Lee describes the biblical way in which a local church is edified and built up: The gifted persons perfect all the members of a local church to do the work of the ministry. These gifted ones do not build up the church directly. Rather, they serve to bring all the other believers into function, and it is by the functioning of every member that a local church, and thus the Body of Christ, is built up:
A local church is built up by the functioning of all its members with the perfecting of the gifted persons, such as the apostles, prophets, evangelists, and shepherds and teachers (Eph. 4:12), through:
This precious recovered truth of the local church ground and practice is a hallmark of Witness Lees ministry. Although it is merely touched upon here, it is covered in much greater scope and detail throughout the vast catalog of books that Witness Lee devoted to the subject of the proper practice of the church life for the building up of the Body of Christ.
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