When establishing a local church, the key element is not the building, the congregation’s size, or the programs offered, but that God’s Spirit is present and His Word is preached. Following Paul’s example, Alistair Begg reminds us that God resides in His people by His Spirit, and when we gather, God’s Spirit is uniquely manifest. We must guard against taking pride in human wisdom or attaching undue importance to teachers, but rather boast in the Lord.
16Do you not know that you2 are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 17If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
18Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.