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"The Meeting--A People of God" Quotes

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Related Bible Passages
  • “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.”  Proverbs 4:18.
  • “’A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’”  John 13:34-35.
  • “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and all were made to drink of one Spirit.  For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  If the foot should say, ’Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body.  I Corinthians 12:12-15.
  • “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.  Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.  And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping administrating, and various kinds of tongues.  1 Corinthians 12:26-28.
  • “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5.
Related Quaker Quotes
  • “Live in love, as Christian brethren, ready to be helpful to one another.  Rejoice together in the blessings of life; sympathize with each other in its trials.  Know one another as fellow-workers in the things that endure.  Watch over one another for good; praying that each may be a living member of the Church of Christ, and may grow in the knowledge of the love of God.”  Advice 14, OYM Book of Discipline.
  • “’See how these Christians love one another’ might well have been a spontaneous exclamation in the days of the apostles.  The Holy Fellowship, the Blessed Community has always astonished those who stood without it.  The sharing of physical goods in the primitive church is only an outcropping of a profoundly deeper sharing of a Life, the base and center of which is obscured, to those who are still oriented about self, rather than about God.  To others, tragic to say, the very existence of such a Fellowship within a common Life and Love is unknown and unguessed.  In its place, psychological and humanistic views of the essential sociality and gregariousness of man seek to provide a social theory of church membership.  From these views spring church programs of mere sociability and social contacts.  The precious word Fellowship becomes identified with a purely horizontal relation of man to man, not with that horizontal-vertical relationship of man to man in God.”  Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly.
  • “Friends did not use the terms ‘freedom’ and ‘order’ as two contending principles in the free association of people in community but these principles apply to churches and Friends meetings just as they do in secular associations and communities.  In theory, however, Friends believed if they followed what George Fox called ‘Gospel Order’, they would be fulfilling their Christian responsibilities and at the same time be brought into a common sense of unity.  For Friends to be reconciled to one another meant seeking the Light of Christ together until they could corporately discern the mind of Christ, and thereby the will of God.”  Growing up Plain, by Wilmer Cooper, p. 36.
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