“As members of his body, we function best when we stay closely connected to the Lord, serving each other in love.”
While recognizing the biblical character and calling of the Church of God, John Williams proceeds to examine what was built on that foundation and emphasizes the vital importance of local church leadership and ministry.
John makes a strong plea that the responsibilities of eldership and diaconate service in local churches should be taken much more seriously than they usually are. Definite training for the better fulfilment of such ministries should be undertaken, and that in particular the basic needs of regular, consecutive exposition of the Word of God, and a pastoral ministry throughout the church, should be met. This should be done, not in a haphazard way, but as an essential ingredient of the continuing life and growth of a local “living church”.